A great opportunity to extend your science experience to the community….
Are you an enthusiastic young researcher working at the cutting edge of science, technology or engineering? Can you discuss the social and ethical implications of your research at Newcastle University and how it will make a difference to local communities? If the answer to these questions is yes, take part in ‘Your View’ poster competition on Saturday March 20th. Newcastle University, in association with Beacon North East and Newcastle Sciencefest, is planning a University open day as part of National Science and Engineering week 2010. The aim of the open day will be to allow members of the local communities to access areas of the University otherwise closed to them, and allow them to meet members of the University’s research community.
For more information please see the following web page: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/beacon/news-events/news/item/your-view-poster-competition
What creative ways can researchers use to gain lectureship, mentoring and administrative experience?
Representative from RCUK….
Roberts funding can be used for your development and career progression. Research Councils are encouraging universities to do this. Look at what your institution offers and talk to key people in support roles about the opportunities available to you.
Chair of a Graduate School….
Persuade PI to let you out (use Concordat to persuade them that this is expected) but don’t take on too much. Also, be careful what you take on – make sure you are getting something out of it – think about the outcomes that can be demonstrated by what you do. Take advantage of demonstrating opportunities, outreach activities to the public (including organising it), run a facility (e.g. a sequencing facility) – running a large facility can be a career choice in itself – running a small one can be good experience!
Tutorials, small group teaching, revision classes, technique classes etc. Administration skills and willingness to get involved in this, wanted! Committees (faculty and department), mentoring (peer to peer, support groups for students) – basically anything that enhances someone else’s learning.