Doctorate Extension Scheme workshops for PhD students

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VC Prof Chris Brink with StudentsSome good news! We are introducing a new one hour visa workshop this year targeted at PhD students.

Understanding the Doctorate Extension Scheme – for PhD students on a Tier 4 visa who would like to stay in the UK after their course ends

If you are currently studying for a PhD on a Tier 4 visa, you can apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme to stay in the UK for 12 months after your course has ended. You can use the 12 months to gain further experience in your chosen field, seek skilled work, or develop plans to set up your own business.

Come to this workshop to find out more about how this visa extension works and how you can apply for it before your PhD comes to an end. The Visa Team and the Careers Service will be working together to deliver the workshop and ensure you have all the information you need to make an effective application at the right time.

The workshop will run 4 times during this academic year. You don’t need to book in advance, just turn up!

Monday 2nd February – 3-4pm – King’s Gate Room1.26

Thursday 2nd April – 12-1pm – King’s Gate Room 1.26

Thursday 11th June – 1-2pm – King’s Gate Room 1.26

Tuesday 11th August – 12-1pm – King’s Gate Room 1.26

Details about the workshops can be found on the events pages of the Careers Service website.


Science to Data Science Summer School: August 2014

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Science to Data Science Logo Skilled data scientists are in great demand on the European job market currently and PhDs with analytical backgrounds make excellent data scientists.

This five week workshop aims to train analytical PhDs and scientists in the skills they need to find jobs in the data science/analytics sector. It will provide an introduction to industry tools and techniques, and allow participants to work with industry professionals in real-life projects supplied by the sponsor companies. The goal is to see all participants in data science employment soon after the end of the programme.

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NU-Women event for staff

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Becoming your own Career Coach – an introduction by Sue O’Boyle from “Dead Fish Consulting”

Friday 20 May 2011 Courtyard Lounge 12-2pm
Being in the flow of a busy working life can only be satisfying if you feel in control of the journey. Steering a clear path requires energy, determination and   confidence, but what happens when the flow takes over? How do you find the time and energy to step out and assess where you are going and how you would like to get there?

Read more about the workshop and book your place for this event on the Diversity Website.

NU-Women is a network for all women working at the university.

You can sign-up for the NU-Women mailing list to hear about other events and activities.

Spin out? Knowledge Transfer? Consultancy?

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Ever thought about commercializing your research?

If so, why not come along to one of our Intensive SAgE Solvers workshops?

There are 3 workshops taking place as part of the PGR development programme – 25th November 2010, 17th February 2011 and 19th April 2011.

During the Intensive SAgE Solvers workshop on 25th November 2010, PGRs will have the opportunity to hear Visiting Professor Will Dracup’s success story and to be set a real life problem by him. In a fast moving and extremely productive session, many transferrable skills and much relevant knowledge will be introduced and intensively used, as workshop participants work in teams to generate solutions, develop a plan for commercialisation and present and pitch their idea clearly and convincingly.

Will Dracup is the founder and Chairman of three companies, Biosignatures, Nonlinear Dynamics and TotalLab. An Economics graduate and software engineer, he founded Nonlinear in 1989. Biosignatures is a highly innovative software based diagnostics company generating novel diagnostic signatures. Nonlinear Dynamics and TotalLab have sold to over 8,500 users worldwide. Customers include all of the top 20 pharmaceutical organisations and research universities world-wide. In November 2009, Will received the North East Executive of the Year award for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. He is currently the Goldman Visiting Professor of Business Innovation at Newcastle University, and Visiting Professor of Human Proteomics at Sunderland University.

On 17th February 2011, the entrepreneurial Prof will be Max Robinson, a highly respected academic, pioneer, inventor and visionary in the field of 3D X-ray imaging. He has been involved in the management of the interface between academic research and commercialisation of its findings for over 25 years.

In 2003, Max formed a spin out venture from the University of Durham’s Physics Department – Kromek, formerly Durham Scientific Crystals, to commercialise technology which had been developed in the Physics Department over a period of 20 years. Kromek is pioneering digital colour imaging for x-rays and has brought ground-breaking innovation to materials technology and advanced 3D imaging. This includes significant applications in medical imaging, security screening, industrial inspection and space exploration, allowing for very precise identification of materials. The company now has over 30 employees, nine of whom have PhDs. It holds multiple contracts, has raised in excess of £8million to develop its current product range and has won international awards.

And in April – watch this space for the identity of yet another brilliant academic and entrepreneur!

SAgE Postgraduate researchers can book a place for one of these workshops now.

Jane Nolan MBE, Development Officer and Entrepreneur in Residence, Newcastle University Careers Service

Academic CVs workshop

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At lunchtime I delivered a session on Academic CVs to Newcastle students and research staff. For those of you who wanted the slides after the session or couldn’t attend this time, the slides are available here – CVs for Academia participants copy

The session will be repeated in the new year. In the meantime, if you are a Newcastle student, graduate or member of research staff you can access 1:1 support from the Careers Service to review an academic (or other) CV that you have been working on. Have a look at the Careers Service website for more information on how to do this and for further CV resources and examples.