Would you like to have a real opportunity to engage others in your research?
The Vitae Yorkshire and North East Hub will be hosting a Public Engagement Competition. The Competition will be included as part of a Public Engagement Conference on the 8th May in York. The day will include academic keynote speakers and interactive workshops to help researchers gain a better understanding of how to communicate the key message of their research to the public.
The Competition will take the following form: 8 May Conference, Royal York Hotel – Open to all PGR students and Research staff form the Yorkshire and North East region.
24 winners from the competition on the 8th May will get the opportunity to engage children and adults alike with their research in a truly public arena, the Sheffield Winter Gardens as part of the Sheffield Children’s festival on the 7th July 2012. They will also receive bespoke public engagement training from the ‘Training Group’ a specialist public engagement training consultancy on one of the following dates:
University of Leeds: Tuesday 29 May 2012
Newcastle University: Friday 1 June 2012
(Please note to apply to the competition you need to be available on one of the training dates above and also on the 7th July in case you are chosen to exhibit your work in Sheffield)
In order to enter the competition you will be asked to bring with you an A3 sized poster of your research, plus a 200 word description of how you would engage the people in the Sheffield Winter Gardens if you got the opportunity. The poster and description will be displayed and judged on the 8th May and the 24 winners announced on the same day. If entering the competition you must be available for the dates highlighted.
Booking for the conference closes on 1st May.
- for many postgraduates, undertaking a doctorate is an exploratory career stage, not a definite first step to a research career
- their choice to undertake doctoral research is overwhelmingly for intellectual curiosity and interest
- about half of final-year doctoral researchers are thinking about working in higher education, although the vast majority intend to pursue occupations or careers which relate to their research discipline
- doctoral researchers tend to seek work that is interesting and exciting rather than being driven by opportunities for high financial reward
- for most doctoral researchers, this aspirational mind-set is yet to be tempered by pragmatic thoughts, such as job availability.
More highlights available here.
So you want to be in…medical communications
8 March 2012, 10:30-15:00, Manchester
Audience: Postgraduate researchers and research staff
The Vitae NW Hub and MedComms Networking is delighted to host this careers event in Manchester. It is free to attend for everyone, though primarily intended for postgraduate researchers and research staff from the biomedical sciences. We will explain how areas of the UK such as Oxfordshire, London and Cheshire are home to numerous leading medical communications (MedComms) agencies that serve the global pharmaceutical industry…and they’re crying out for good staff! These agencies are looking for individuals with:
- a genuine enthusiasm for science and its application to the world of medicine
- the ability to work independently within a small-team environment
- to meet with a number of MedComms professionals
- to learn more about careers in the MedComms industry including medical writing and account management
- to network with other researchers from across the North West and beyond
More information on the Vitae website including details on how to book a place.
10.30 Registration and coffee
11.15 Welcome and Introduction by Peter Llewellyn, NetworkPharma and presentations by:
· Darwin Healthcare Communications The agency perspective; what we do, how we do it, what we look for in a new staff, and the training and career opportunities ahead.
· Ryan Woodrow, Freelance Medical Communications Consultant Been there, done it, got the tee-shirt. Life in MedComms.
· Carys Mills, Carys Mills Recruitment Tricks and tips for gaining that elusive first job.
13.00 Lunch and informal discussion with senior staff from additional leading medical communications agencies. We expect 10-12 agencies to participate so there will be lots of useful people from MedComms to meet. Agencies signed up so far; Darwin Healthcare Communications, Medicus International, PAREXEL MedCom and Watermeadow Medical – more names TBC.
London on 13 July 2012 – If you can’t make this one, the event will be held at the Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL – further details
MedComms Networking have a growing list of resources including videos and an up-to-date careers guide to download, as well as details of all past and upcoming events.
Do you want to explore the many options that are available to doctoral graduates to assist with your career decision making?
is a new online resource on the career destinations of doctoral graduates from Vitae.
- Find out about the fifteen main employment sectors for doctoral graduates, including the current state of the industry, future projected trends, the roles that doctoral graduates have taken up in each sector in recent years and useful resources, including key employers within the sector
- Read profiles on sixty of the most common occupations for doctoral graduates, including numbers of doctoral graduates entering these jobs, a brief explanation of what the role entails, entry requirements, typical salaries and useful links
- Explore the career paths and destinations which researchers from individual disciplines and subjects have followed
- Get advice on using labour market information to assist with career planning
How is digital technology being used for research and to develop researchers?
At what rate are higher education institutions embedding digital literacies in researcher development?
Vitae invites researchers (doctoral and research staff) to complete a short online survey that focuses specifically on the digital literacy of researchers and institutional staff in researcher development roles. This significant cross-institutional baseline study is part of the Developing Digital Literacies programme, funded by JISC and supported by Vitae along with a number of other professional associations.
The purpose of Vitae involvement in the Developing Digital Literacies programme is to promote the development of coherent, inclusive and holistic institutional strategies and organisational approaches for developing digital literacies in higher education.
Results will be made anonymous, then published in an aggregate public report in February 2012. The results will enable Vitae to refine sector activities that focus on digital literacy such as the extremely popular Digital Researcher event for researchers and research staff, and will be used to support the researcher development community to establish new approaches for developing digital literacy for researchers and the researcher development community in higher education.
The closing date for submissions is 24 January 2012.
This 3-day residential course allows researchers (postgraduate students and research staff) to explore and develop their leadership skills. Participants have the opportunity to look at relevant theory, practice their unique leadership styles and receive feedback.
Venue: Hydro Hotel, Windermere, Lake District
All participants will be given accommodation between Tuesday – Friday. Accommodation for the night before the start of the course will be available on a first come first serve basis. Limited places available.
The Vitae Leadership in Action course is FREE to any postgraduate researcher or member of research staff (across all disciplines) within any UK HEI. More information on the Vitae site.