ACTION 2011: Sustainability

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ACTION 2011: Sustainability

An opportunity for postgraduate researchers and research staff at Newcastle University to explore a sustainability challenge, show how your research can make a difference and compete for a prize of £10,000

ACTION 2011: Sustainability enables you to get away from your desk, collaborate and think like an entrepreneur in order to develop a commercial approach to your research.

 What can participants expect?

ACTION 2011 is a 10 month programme in which participants work in teams, within a framework of support made up of existing and new enterprise training opportunities, to identify a sustainability challenge and develop an interdisciplinary, commercial solution to the challenge by integrating their research and initiating internal and external collaborations. Teams will work to develop a visual prototype, video, model or other form for their solution and will present this to compete with each other to win a cash prize. This prize will be used to further develop their ideas and to aid their development as entrepreneurial researchers so increasing the impact of their research.

 Launch event: Thursday 17th February 2011, 12-2pm

Lindisfarne Room, King’s Road Centre, Newcastle University

 To register please complete the booking form by Thursday 10th February 2011

Lunch will be provided at the launch

All interested parties are welcome to attend the launch; however you must meet the entry requirements to participate in the programme, these will be explained at the launch

 This project supports Newcastle University’s 2011 societal challenge theme of Sustainability

This project benefits from EPSRC funding for training in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship


ACTION 2011 Team

 Dr Gail de Blaquiere – Postgraduate Skills Development

Dr Elizabeth Scanlon – Research Staff Training and Development

Miss Katie Wray – Lecturer in Enterprise

Telephone: 0191 222 5901.

Fax: 0191  222 8533



Vitae grants for conferences and events

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Vitae Yorkshire and North East Hub 2011 conference and events grant

Applications are invited from inter-institutional teams of postgraduate researchers and/or early career researchers within the Yorkshire and North East region for organising a short-term, well-defined conference or event. The event can be subject-specific, interdisciplinary or generic in nature but must have a clearly defined transferable training element to it. For more information and to apply click here.

Closing date for applications – 18th March 2011.

18 Bloggers

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Following a training session earlier today we can now boast 18 bloggers!

Over coffee and danish pastries the new recruits got an insight into blogging, Newcastle University Careers Service style. As a result, you may well receive posts from research staff, research students and a diverse range of university staff that have a remit to support you. So look out for what they write and encourage their contributions by adding your comments. Now could be the time to remind colleagues and friends to subscribe to alerts from us!

Happy Reading…….