Information literacy course for researchers – 23 March

When: Wednesday 23 March at 09:30-12:30
Where: John Rylands University Library, Manchester
How to book: Please click on the following link

Information literacy is a key factor in the development of your skills as a researcher. The national Researcher Development Framework (RDF) makes extensive reference to the handling of research information and highlights the skills exhibited by researchers who are effective in this area. This framework, endorsed by Research Councils UK and many other professional bodies, describes the knowledge, behaviours and attitudes of successful researchers and encourages you to aspire to excellence through achieving higher levels of development.

This highly interactive workshop will provide an introduction to the RDF and how you might use the framework to:
– identify your strengths in information management
– identify areas for future development of your information literacy
– provide a language to evidence your information literacy skills to current and future employers
– prepare for one-on-one reviews with your supervisor or principal investigator about your development as a researcher

Comments from researchers who have used the RDF include:
“I’ve always thought of myself as being quite ambitious, driven and focussed on what I want, but the framework made me realise I can have a much larger visions than I currently have.”

The RDF “…identified areas for me that I needed to hone and really made me think about my career development.  I’ve highlighted things now that I know I need to do. ”

“It was very good for me to reflect.  I realised that nothing is stopping me but myself.  The sky is the limit.”

Thought for Food Student Challenge – Apply by 9th March

Sponsored by Syngenta, the challenge will encourage talented students to break the rules, let their imaginations run wild and become the champions and visionaries for a new generation.

The University of Manchester is proud to be one of 12 Universities across Europe to take part in the inaugural Thought For Food European student challenge.

As this is the first time it has been run, the organisers are strictly limiting it to invited universities across Europe. The contest leads on such that the 2 best entries go to the Zurich ‘One Young World’ event. The latter is branded as the “Young Person’s Davos” and had the likes of Kofi Annan and Bob Geldoff as key-note speakers last year.

We now need to put together a five person team to represent The University of Manchester in the competition (criteria under 27 years old – preferably postgraduate & PhD students). The five students will form an exceptional multidisciplinary student team.

Students interested in participating in the contest should contact Dr Bruce Grieve by 9th March. Further details may be found on the SCI website.

Staff interested in judging shortlisted applicants, and would be available for an hour to hour and a half next Friday, 11th March between 12 and 4, should contact Jane Raftery.

The final team of five will be submitted to Syngenta on 11th March. The challenge will be announced on the 15th March.

An Introduction to Science Policy – Free event – 16 March 2011

When: Wednesday 16 March 2011 at 9am
Where: University of Hull
How to book: please click on the following link and complete the booking form

This ‘Introduction to Science Policy’ workshop will give you the chance to find out more about the policy process and the methods by which you can contribute to it. The workshop will also give you the chance to put your questions to people who work with science, engineering and policy.

Who is the Event Aimed at?

– Early career researchers and academics
– Postgraduate and PhD students

Workshop Structure:

The maximum group size is 30 and workshops run for 2 hours. The workshop entails;

An introduction to Science Policy; supplemented with educational materials explaining the field of Science Policy.

Guest Panellists; providing information from their own unique perspective on ways in which scientists can communicate their research to a policy audience.

Discussion; Participants are given the opportunity to question the panellists on science policy issues and how the science-into-policy process can be improved, including how information about the policy process can be given more effectively to them through funding bodies, Government and other organisations.

This is a free Workshop with refreshments and lunch provided.

STEPS Tea Party! 9 March 2011

The STEPS Tea Party will be held on 9 March and is the place to come if you want to meet other postgraduate research students, find out more info on skills training, get some great career tips and advice and (most importantly) eat free cakes!!

The Tea Party will include some great talks and interactive sessions;

3.30-4pm; Arrive – Free Tea, Coffee, Cakes

4pm; Introduction from Jim Miles (Associate Dean, Graduate Education)

4.05; Elizabeth Wilkinson (Head of Postgraduate Career Development) with a practical session to help you make a great first impression.

A chance to get up, meet other postgrads and practice talking about your own research.

4.30; A talk from Dan Colegate (Co-Founder of Post Graduate Toolbox)

Get to grips with the fantastic careers tools and online support networks at your disposal, with live demos.

Check out Postgraduate Toolbox and Graduate Junction.

4.50; Up to the Burlington Bar!

If you’d like to come along, we’d really appreciate it if you could register your interest here. Registration isn’t compulsory – we just want to know how many cakes to buy!!

National Postgraduate Research Survey (PRES)

Did you know about the National Survey that is looking at Postgraduate Research Experiences?

It is your chance to tell us about what is good and that you find helpful in your research programmes and to make the University aware of how it can improve your research experience.  We do value your views and will use the results to inform our future developments.

The survey is an online questionnaire and it is live until the 17 May (it  should take less than 30 minutes to complete).

You have the chance to win £50.00 of Amazon vouchers (winners drawn from entries recived by 31 March, 30 April and 17 May).

You can access PRES by going to:

you will need to enter a PRES username this is your University user name

the PRES password is your campus Solutions ID (i.e. the first 7 digits of your Library Card number).