Registration now open! Pathways Annual Careers Event – 7 & 12 June 2013

Want to get on in academia? ………or get out?!

PATHWAYS (7 & 12 June)
Annual careers event for PhD researchers and research staff.

Venue: The University of Manchester

7th June: Explore your Options
A full day of Q & A panels with PhD qualified experts and professionals from a wide range of sectors including academia. Themed workshops around marketing your skills, finding the right job and sector for you and what do employers really look for?

12th June: PhD and Research Career Zone
Talk to employers who recruit PhDs & researchers, discover what opportunities they have for you and learn how to make successful applications.

Free places for all University of Manchester PhD researchers and research staff.

Feedback from 2012 delegates
“It shows that there is life after my PhD!”
“Good spread of different careers represented”
“The panellists were experienced and knowledgeable.”
“I’ve now got the confidence to do something different.”

Find out more and book your place at: www.manchester.ac.uk/pathways

Wikipedia Lounge – Monday 24 October

John Rylands University Library is hosting a ‘Wikipedia Lounge’ on Monday 24 October, 10.00am – 6.00pm, in the Seminar Room of the Main Library, Burlington Street.

This is a drop-in event where experienced Wikipedians will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. The event is open to all members of the University and is free to attend. You are welcome to attend. Please also promote to our students and academic colleagues.

Students
Looking for help with online research? Want to learn how to use Wikipedia as an academic resource? Found a mistake but don’t know how to fix it? Then the Wikipedia lounge is for you! We have experienced Wikipedians available all day on the 24th October to answer your questions and assist you with your needs. So pop along or book your slot at http://manclounge.eventbrite.com.

Curators
Found a mistake on Wikipedia? Want to fix it but don’t know how? Frustrated with the lack of coverage in your field? Well come along to the Wikipedia Lounge on the 24th October and learn how to solve your Wikipedia problems. Experienced Wikipedians will be on hand to answer your questions and help solve your problems. Come along on the day or book your slot at http://manclounge.eventbrite.com.

Academics
Want to learn how Wikipedia is relevant to your field? Found a mistake and want to know how to fix it? Want to learn more about how Wikipedia can be used in academia? Well come along to the Wikipedia Lounge on the 24th October and find the answers to all of your questions! Experienced Wikipedians will be on hand all day to assist, so pop along or book your slot at http://manclounge.eventbrite.com.

Upcoming NVivo 9 training event – Limited number of places available

NVivo 9 training event

3-4 October 11

No 2 Wellington Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AP

Course Overview
This two-day workshop will provide you with a thorough introduction of the main features of NVivo 9 using a sample data. You will learn how to: efficiently and effectively manage, code and analyse structured, semi-structured, unstructured interview data including multimedia data sources, Excel spreadsheets, Access databases, IBM SPSS statistics and Endnote.

You will structure your thematic node system, supported by your chosen methodology; setup demographic attributes about the respondents to assist profiling themes; use queries to seek answers to research questions as well as formulate new questions and explore new ideas. You will use the modeling facility to capture the big picture of your project or display different views or show relationships. You will export models to use in PowerPoint presentations.  You will explore the graphing facility to visualize two or three dimensional charts of results. You will also use the new ‘connection maps’ to easily explore connections between project items.

You will be shown how to use NVivo 9’s new ‘extract’ feature to extract and export specific reports or results into other applications.  You will be shown how to setup a team project involving many researchers in different geographical locations.

Who is the Course Aimed At?
This course is designed for the complete beginner as well as those who have used previous versions of the software: NVivo 8, NVivo 7, N6, and NVivo 2.

You are encouraged to bring your own data, if you have any, at least a transcript of one interview in Word format. We will provide data if you have no data. We provide laptops for all participants so you need not bring your own, however if you prefer to work on your own laptop, then you are welcome to bring your own with NVivo pre-installed. If you have not yet acquired your own NVivo 9 license, you could download a FREE 30day trial copy from http://www.qsrinternational.com/#tab_you.

Each participant is given a tutor time to receive feedback on their node structure, coding, attributes and queries.  Other areas will be directed by the needs of participants. The maximum class size is 9.

Cost
The two days course cost for academic delegate is £323.26 and £371.75 for commercial delegate. Participants receive a comprehensive training guide, after training support, lunches and refreshments for the duration of the 2 days.

Recognition for Learning
Participants will receive a certificate of attendance on completion of the course.

Booking
Request booking by sending email to training@datasolutionservices.co.uk or download booking form from the website http://www.datasolutionservices.co.uk/uploads/files/booking_request_for_nvivo_public_event.doc

Images of Research Photography Competition (opens 19 Aug – closes 19 Sept 2011)

Snap! Calling All Researchers! Using a single inspiring photographic image and short description can you illustrate your research to the general public? Can that image show how your research contributes to a sustainable future, how it benefits society, or how your research makes a difference?

We invite the research community at The University of Manchester to take part in the Images of Research Photography Competition. The theme of this year’s competition is Visions of Sustainability and you can enter your image in one of the following categories: People, Environment, or Culture.  The image could be anything that captures attention but must be related to your research. Each submission must include a 150 word abstract including an interesting title, a description of the picture and the benefits of the research.  You must ensure the abstract uses plain English and is jargon-free.

The Public Will Decide! In the lead up to the Manchester Science Festival in October, shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the John Rylands Library Deansgate and online. The general public will be invited to vote for the best image and associated abstract.

First prize: £250 Amazon vouchers | Runners up per category: £100 Amazon vouchers | Highly commended: £50 high street vouchers

Who Can Enter? Open to academics, research fellows, postdoctoral research associates, postgraduate research students and research technical support staff including experimental officers across all disciplines at The University of Manchester.

Submission Details: Submissions close 19 September 2011, 12pm (BST). One submission per entrant.  So get snapping, we look forward to seeing the wonder of your research. Find out how to enter and see the full terms and conditions at:
http://www.manchestersciencespectacular.co.uk/

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: http://www.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/TRAININGTEAM/Book.aspx?CourseInstance=472

Postgraduate Research Students visit: https://www.eprog.manchester.ac.uk/skillstraining/profile.aspx?unitid=2900&parentId=4

 

Need a career? Get STEPS Newsletter Issue 20

The latest edition of the STEPS newsletter focuses on careers for postgraduate researchers.  To download a copy of the newsletter please visit http://manchestersteps.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/issue-20-careers/

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 Kelly.hoyle@manchester.ac.uk with your name, institution and current position.

Find out more about IndiaBioscience through their website: www.IndiaBioscience.org