Engaging students through in-class technology (Edinburgh)

This event is focussed on the pedagogic uses of Electronic Voting Systems (EVS, also known as ’clickers’, audience response systems ARS, personal response systems PRS). This is an opportunity to see and share best practice and gain insight into the current and future state of the technology.

When: Thursday 29 April 2010 from 9.15am-4pm

Where: e-Science Institute, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh

How to book: Please visit the National e-Science Centre website at http://www.nesc.ac.uk/esi/events/1073/

STEPS Training Newsletter Afternoon Tea

To celebrate the new issue of the STEPS postgraduate training newsletter, STEPS is holding a free afternoon tea party on Wednesday 24 March, 4:00-5:30pm

There will be an introduction by Professor Jim Miles, Associate Dean (Graduate Education, EPS) the event includes:
— free tea/coffee, homemade cake and biscuits!
— a training workshop run by the Postgraduate Careers Advisor, Elizabeth Wilkinson: “Get Connected: Get a Life, Get Ahead.” In association with the Burlington Society (www.burlington.manchester.ac.uk)
— meet the STEPS editors — postgraduate researchers like you!
— a chance to win a copy of the book “Piled Higher and Deeper” by Jorge Cham – a compilation of the legendary comics from phdcomics.com
— useful information about training opportunities you didn’t know existed

Bookings: please send an email to steps@manchester.ac.uk.

Where: Schunck Room (above the Burlington Bar), Burlington Street

This event will be followed by a Burlington Society event in the Burlington Bar, continuing the workshop’s theme.


Methods@Manchester are launching an informal series of discussion meetings for PhD students and early career researchers. These will be held on the fourth Monday of every month from 1-2pm, starting on January 25th. A sandwich lunch will be available – free of charge. The topic of the meetings will be decided upon request and the content and format will be participant led. If you would like to suggest a methods-related topic for a discussion (for example, running a focus group, strategies for finding interview respondents, conducting an on-line survey) then please email angela.dale@manchester.ac.uk. Also, please e-mail any other ideas that would support your research.

To join the mailing list for methods@manchester just provide your email address on the home page.  Once you have joined you will receive a weekly email with information about events and resources.

21st Century Research Profiles Workshop

Thanks to all those who attended the recent 21st Century Researcher Profiles Workshop. I always find it really interesting to talk with academics about their use of technology and the range of views about the role that social media can (or cannot) play in managing their professional reputation.

As promised here are the slides and handouts from the session. I would also really appreciate any feedback from the session and have included a link to a (very brief) online feedback form.

The slides

The handout

Wellcome Trust – MIT Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award

The Wellcome Trust, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), offers a competitive Postdoctoral Fellowship award that provides four years’ support for recently qualified postdoctoral researchers to tackle important biomedical research questions using an interdisciplinary approach in the best laboratories. The fellowship is for four years full-time, with the fellow based at MIT for two to three years (Phase 1) before returning to a host institution in the UK for the remainder of the award (Phase 2). For more information please click here.