NEW course! Communicate with Confidence – 09.09.2011

When: Friday 9 September 2011 at 2pm-5pm
Where: G306A/B, Jean McFarlane Building

How can you make more of an impact at interviews, meetings and one to ones? During this course you’ll learn what makes personal communication memorable, and how to apply these principles to engage people and hold attention.

This course equips you with practical techniques for enhancing your personal impact. VOX Coaching will help you achieve more, by developing your confidence, clarity and influence – while always remaining true
to yourself.

This practical and enabling course looks at:
• Speaking about what you do in formal and informal situations
• Reading others’ behaviours
• Understanding body language, vocal tone and other signals
• Communicating assertively under pressure
• Developing confidence
• Contributing to meetings
• Presence at interviews
• Influencing others
• Recognising and expanding your communication style
• Personae: vulnerability, openness, curiosity and disclosure
• Developing confidence

Facilitator: VOX Coaching

To book  a place on this course:

Research Staff visit:

Postgraduate Research Students visit:


Every Researcher Counts – University of Stirling

‘Every researcher counts: equality and diversity in researcher careers in HEIs conference’

Friday 26 August 2011 at the University of Stirling

This one-day conference will support pro-vice-chancellors (or equivalent senior staff), researcher developers and equality and diversity specialists to improve institutional approaches to equality and diversity for recruiting, managing and developing research staff.

The purpose of this event is to open debate around the strategic importance of equality and diversity policy and practice for researchers, embedded in the Scottish research environment and to learn more about the Every Researcher Counts project and its related resources.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore strategic approaches to equality and diversity for researchers; what would a successful strategy look like and how would it be delivered so that ‘every researcher counts’?

Speakers at the conference include:

  • Professor Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland
  • Professor Paul Hagan, Director of Research and Innovation, Scottish Funding Council

The event is for participants who can speak on behalf of their institution in relation to:

  • institutional strategies for embedding equality and diversity and the Concordat principles within institutional practice
  •  institutional measures of success and various reporting mechanisms.

This event is part of the broader ‘Every researcher counts’ project commissioned and funded by HEFCE with support from SFC, HEFCW and DEL(NI) and delivered by Vitae (

Visit the ‘Every researcher counts’ event page for more information and to book your free of charge place:—University-of-Stirling.html#pageInfo

Nature Journal Editor Workshop – 29 July

‘Nature: the journal, review process and publishing group’
Dr Ritu Dhand – Chief Biological Sciences Editor for Nature
Friday 29th July, 10.40am – 12pm, Michael Smith Lecture Theatre

Ritu will provide an insight into the world’s most highly cited interdisciplinary science journal, with particular focus on publishing in the area of biological sciences. The session will begin with a welcome message from Cay Kielty (Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Life Sciences). Staff from all Faculties are welcome to attend.

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IndiaBioscience present at the University of Manchester

Thursday 28 July 12:00 – 13:00 (then lunch provided)
Alan Turing Building room G107

‘Avenues for pursuing research in India’
Swetha Suresh, PhD
Associate Director for IndiaBioscience
National Centre for Biological Science (NCBS)

Dr Suresh will discuss:
1. Opportunities for researchers in India – Fellowships, New Institutes and Funding.
2. Young Investigator Meeting and mentoring for researchers interested in establishing a career in India.
3. Online resources for Indian biologists (junior and senior, working in India or abroad) to unite as a community- to find and exchange information, to make new contacts, find collaborators and to share perspectives.

Target audience:
Biosciences research students, research staff and academic staff interested in starting a research career in India or interested in up-to-date information about the research environment in India.

Book your place at this event with an email to with your name, institution and current position.

Find out more about IndiaBioscience through their website: