Signpost your medical research interests through the ACTNoW online directory

ACTNoWACTNoW® ( is an online, searchable database of NHS investigators and clinical research expertise across the North of England. It is a resource aimed at Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries, Academia and the NHS to facilitate the placement of clinical trials/evaluations in the NHS and to foster collaborative research links. 

The service is owned and operated by the three NHS Innovation Hubs in the north of England; TrusTECH® in the North West, Medipex® in Yorkshire and Humber and NHS Innovations North in the North East.ACTNoW® currently has 1500 individual research listings including: 1160 consultant investigators; 160 research nurses and allied health professionals; non-clinical experts; Research Networks and Clinical Research Facilities. Each NHS Trust and University is listed with a single point of contact for clinical research enquiries.

You can register free of charge as a user and even complete your own research profile. As a user you will be able to explore the database and identify researchers and facilities needed for collaborative research in other areas of the North of England.

JISC Video: Why Should I Look at Microblogging?

This video from JISC does a good job of explaining microblogging (such as twitter). It looks at the subject from a work/ academic point of view and highlights some of the benefits.

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Discuss YOUR Data: “Basic Introduction to Statistics” Workshop

blue_data1The University of Manchester Medical & Human Sciences Researcher Training Team are running a “Basic Introduction to Statistics” workshop.

The workshop is being delivered by Dr Rachel Watson – Non-Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester.

The workshop will provide a basic introduction to statistical methods and is designed to deliver basic principals of analysis, so that the researcher will have confidence when asking a qualified statistician for specific help pertaining to their research hypothesis.

If you would like to discuss your particular project please bring along your own raw data for analysis.

The workshop is running on 27/07/2009 at 9:30am in University Place (Manchester)

For more information and to book a place please click here.

What do researchers do? Publication series launched

Vitae has recently launched the What do researchers do? publication series at The series contains 2 publications:

wdrd1What do researchers do? First destinations of doctoral graduates by subject. This publication contains the analysis of data collected on first employment destinations of students who successfully completed their PhD between 2003-2007 in UK universities. Both whole disciplines and also subject areas are explored in detail.




wdrd2What do researchers do? Career profiles of doctoral graduates. Where the first publication is all about the numbers, this publication is more about the people. Around 40 career stories of successful doctoral graduates are explored, providing an insight into the paths that doctoral graduates take beyond their first destination.


The Vitae team have also launched a career stories portal (at which lists some of the ongoing projects looking into the career paths of researchers.

The publication series has also been covered extensively in the press at:

Researcher careers and recession – Vitae online discussion space launched today!

vitae_logo_descriptor_1b_rgbVitae’s online discussion space on researcher careers and recession has now been launched at

We have dedicated the space on the website to post various articles (commissioned specifically for this space) on the topic of the recession and its potential impact on researcher careers. The space includes a discussion feature which will allow you to make comments on the articles, raise questions and concerns and post up any useful or related web links that you want to share with others.

Postgraduate researchers, research staff, staff supporting researcher development, employers of researchers and anyone with an interest in the potential impacts of the recession on researcher careers are all welcome to engage in the discussions. Posting of comments is subject to the standard Terms and Conditions of use for the site.

Throughout this week we will be posting new articles on a daily basis. Please visit the space throughout this week to see new articles, read the latest comments and add your own views!

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties in using the space please e-mail

Slides from grant writing workshop at pathways 09

As promised here are the slides that I used in the workshop on grant writing at Pathways this year.