Vitae NW Hub Ebulletin

The Vitae NW Hub Ebulletin for January 2010 is now available to download.  The issue includes information on:

  • Media Fellowships 2010
  • Standing up for Science media workshop
  • Digital researcher, 15 March 2010


  • Careers in focus


  • Maximising your academic career
  • Advancing in academia

To download a copy please click here.

28th Alternative Muscle Club Meeting 2010

The 28th annual Alternative Muscle Club meeting is taking place at the University of Oxford from 28th – 29th June 2010.  This meeting is for PhD students and Postdocs involved in all areas of muscle research. Encompassing the rich history of the AMC, the meeting will provide an informal and relaxed environment for delegates to discuss their research. Friendships formed between delegates in previous meetings have gone on to become collaborations between world-leading researchers who still support the meeting.

The focus of each AMC meeting is on poster sessions & talks from delegates, in a non-intimidating environment (hence ‘alternative’). There will also be a session dedicated to first year PhD students, who are invited to present either the main aims of their project or focus on a particular result that they have achieved thus far. The final program will thus reflect the research of this year’s applicants and is not limited by a particular theme.

For more information and to apply please visit the AMC website
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Statistics Courses at Salford Royal

There are a number of statistics courses freely available for staff at Salford Royal, Manchester Children’s hospitals, Royal Bolton Hospital and any PCT within ReGroup. For a complete list of courses please click here. To book a place please contact Annie Herbert by telephone at 0161 2064567 or by e-mail at

Media Fellowships [application deadline: 2 March]

Want to know what it’s like to be a science journalist?
The British Science Association Media Fellowships 2010 let you experience first hand how science is reported by spending 3-8 weeks with a national press, broadcast or internet journalist on a summer placement, working with them to produce accurate, well informed news pieces about developments in science.

You are eligible to apply for the scheme if you:

  • are a scientist, clinician, social scientist or engineer
  • have a minimum of 2 years postgraduate experience in your field
  • are a resident of the UK
  • Work at any level in an academic or research institution, industry, civil service or any other similar organisation

Hosts have included The Guardian, Nature, BBC News and the Times.
For details about the scheme, including an online application form, visit

On-line Writing Clinic

This is a cross-faculty forum which gives postgraduate students the chance to ask questions about any aspect of academic writing.  The first few minutes of each clinic will be a brief review of the main points of a topic from the on-line training materials. The clinic will then be open for questions which may be on any topic related to academic writing.

Please be aware that: questions will be answered in the order they are posted, the clinic will start at 12.30pm and end at 1.30pm (questions will be accepted until 1.25pm), guidance will be generic as it is a University-wide resource, and the clinics are to complement (not as an alternative to) the on-line course or in-sessional classes.

To visit the forum, please click here.

Methods @ Manchester

Methods @ Manchester aims to highlight the depth and breadth of methodological expertise in the social sciences at the University of Manchester.  It promotes and facilitates methodological excellence, innovation and inter-disciplinarity.  To view up-coming courses or to ask a methodological question, visit their website at

Researcher Development News Bulletin – February 2010

The new Researcher Development News Bulletin (February 2010 edition) is now available. To download your copy, please click here.