Two FREE Science Writing Workshops in Newcastle, 15th August – a chance to enhance your skills…

Workshop by Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung CC BY-SA 2.0

…In digital communications to find out about social media as a pathway to impact and how to optimise your tweets, and to get the best out of communicating by newsletter.

Join Professor Mark Reed (Fast Track Impact) and Anne Liddon (Science Communications Manager, Newcastle University) on Wednesday, 15 August 2018

The Digital Academic from 13.00 to 15.00

To book your free place use the password “Newsletter” and follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-academic-workshop-tickets-47260919683

Science Writing Workshop from 15:30 to 17:00

To book your free place use the password “Newsletter” and follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/science-writing-workshop-tickets-47262769215

 

 

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Global Challenges Summit 2018. “NGOs – why work with academics?”

The Global Challenges Summit 2018, co-hosted by Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham Universities, held yesterday (26th July) was hugely informative, inspiring and exceptional for sharing perspectives and making new contacts.

Northumbria’s very own Matt Bailie-Smith hosted an insightful informal ‘sofa-style’ session ‘Thinking Across Sectors’ with guests from NGOs and consultants working in international development, based on the north-east:  Ben Margetts of Team Kenya, Catherine Gunby of Traidcraft, Lucy Kendall of COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas) and Rachel Shah of Springfield Centre.

In this blog post, we’ve captured the main points – potentially useful learning points for the academic community.

Matt kicked of with ‘Why work with academics?’ 

The answers were varied and very positive – to gain new models of working and ideas, to gain new insights from academics who may have worked in a specific field/region for many years, to have a critique of the NGO’s work methods and evidence, to understand and use the most suitable methods for research taking account of the theory and different points of view, for the research which is produced to have more ‘authority’ and independence, to gather evidence, and to be endorsed and validated by a leader in their academic field.

Matt summed this up as ‘evaluation, evidence, independence’ and then asked then asked researchers in the audience to consider if their own CV could convey these three key offers.

‘What do you need to work with academics?’

Easy access information to find out about academics and their interests and expertise. Currently, it’s difficult to find out who is who and you tend to work with the same people, as it takes time to find new people. Help us with theory of change, and help us take a step back and design our activities to really deliver what we want to achieve.

Matt then daringly asked ‘Why might you choose not to work with academics?’

NGOs want concrete, definite recommendations and clarity and sometimes academic outputs are lengthy and too nuanced. Time pressures mean NGOs do not have time to set the ball rolling on new relationships or to read 300 page reports. Funding is a frustration, with GCRF and other funding for academic research allowing only a small proportion of funding to the practitioners which is disportionate to the effort required. NGOs struggle with when to say yes and when to say know to taking part in funding proposals, especially small NGOs with limited time and human resource. When time is limited, there can be a dilemma on whether to spend the time influencing and lobbying others who have more ‘power’ or to work on a partnership with a university. Heavily academic proposals can be a bit scary to be involved in. There are ‘language’ barriers with academics using terminology which is unfamiliar to the NGO. There can be a real time lag before the NGO gets the research findings it really needs to have an impact on development practice, and these lags can mean the agenda has moved on. NGOs need a mix of meeting short terms needs and preparing for the long term too. There is an advantage in longer term relationships, as you build trust and know eachother.

“What do you need to improve collaborative working with academics?”

A network of charities and universities based in the north-east would be really helpful, enabling us all to know what we are working on and how we can achieve mutual benefit. The NGOs themselves need to know what eachother is doing, not just the universities. Collaborative working needs a shared understanding of timelines and constraints which each partner works under (NGOs and universities will have different needs) and have a very frank dialogue on what everyone needs to that interests align enough for the working together to be worth it for all parties.

Here is our ‘happy family’ photo captured at the end of the session. Thank you to all for a very informative Summit!

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PhD opportunities available in collaboration with North East businesses

Are you interested in a funded PhD to start 1st October, working on exciting research in collaboration with regional businesses?

Check out the range of Intensive Industrial Innovation Projects funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Topics range from exploring the implications of smart devices on ageing at home to investigating the use of building information modelling to supplement planning processes.

Apply by midnight 16th July 2018. Full details here:

Northumbria University is seeking applications for PhD studentships, to work closely with business in the region, as part of the £3.9m Intensive Industrial Innovation Programme (IIIP) funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The IIIP Programme aims to encourage a culture of innovation that benefits business, leading to greater export opportunities and increased graduate employment, particularly in science and engineering. The IIIP Programme is a collaboration between Northumbria, Durham, Newcastle and Teesside Universities.

During each PhD project, the research student will work closely with the collaborating business, using innovative research to support the development of new products and services. Students will spend up to 49% of their time working with the business and at least 51% of their time at Northumbria University.

The PhD projects will start on 1st October 2018, for three years. The eligibility criteria for PhD candidates:

  • The IIIP PhD funding is available to Home and EU students.
  • Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2.1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities; or a Masters, or APEL evidence of suitable practitioner achievement)
  • Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria University or elsewhere

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Global Challenges Summit – 24 July ‘Working together for international development’

Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham Universities are holding a Global Challenges Summit on Tuesday 24 July 2018 (full programme and details to follow shortly) on the theme, ‘Working together for international development’. The summit is for academics actively engaged in research on international development as well as those interested in developing their research in this area. The summit will have a focus on building new synergies across the North East and the event is also opening to students and practitioners.

The event will take place in Newcastle across Newcastle’s and Northumbria’s campuses. We’d be delighted if you were able to join us. 

Please register at  https://forms.ncl.ac.uk/view.php?id=2285979 and please do distribute widely to colleagues.

 If you have any further questions, contact Matt Baillie Smith (matt.baillie-smith@northumbria.ac.uk).

 

 

 

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Coming up next week in the Professional Development and Researcher Training Programme…

Here are the events that are taking place next week in the Professional Development and Researcher Training Programme:

  • Writing Retreat, Tue 19 June, 9.30-16.00, CCE1-227 – to book your place click here – don’t forget to bring your writing equipment!
  • How to be an Effective Researcher, Wed 20 June, 9.30-16.00, SQB208 – to book your place click here

To view the rest of the programme go to: http://rbscalendar.northumbria.ac.uk/calendar/pdrt

Visit the Researcher Development webpage at: northumbria.ac.uk/PGRResearcherDevelopment

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FACULTY OF HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCE ​ANNUAL CONFERENCE – 29th June 2018

The Health and Life Science Conference at Northumbria University; aims to create an interdisciplinary platform for all researchers, at any stage, working in different aspects of history, theory and practice.This conference provides researchers with a unique opportunity to present their study and engage with a network spanning a wide range of disciplines.

Our hope is the conference will stimulate and drive forward your interests within your field and help establish life long connections and networks. We look forward to working with you and providing you with a platform to raise your profile and engage with others.

​The inclusive nature of the conference welcomes abstract submissions on any aspect, topic or area related to Health and Life Science. The following themes are among the topic areas relevant to the conference but this list is not exhaustive.

  • Applied Science
  • Public Health and Wellbeing
  • Social Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Nursing, Midwifery and Health
  • Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
  • Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Registration for the conference is now open. Find out more here.

Please register to ensure you are able to fully participate in the conference which is wholly collaborative.

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Research for a Better Tomorrow: Engineering & Environment Faculty PGR Conference: Thursday, 21 June 2018

Ellison Building | Northumbria University | NE1 8ST Newcastle upon Tyne | United Kingdom
Thursday, 21 June 2018 from 09:00 to 16:30 (BST)
The PGR conference invites participation and communication across all postgraduate students in the Engineering and Environment faculty. We challenge you to retain the richness and complexity of your work while clearly communicating your intended meaning to the non-expert audience beyond your research group and department. Sometimes surprising academic connections can be made in such diverse contexts.
To attend the conference, please book here.
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Coming up in the Professional Development and Researcher Training Programme…

Here are the events that are coming up in the Professional Development and Researcher Training Programme:

  • Writing Retreat, Tue 19 June, 9.30-16.00, CCE1-227 – to book your place click here – don’t forget to bring your writing equipment!
  • How to be an Effective Researcher, Wed 20 June, 9.30-16.00, SQB208 – to book your place click here

To view the rest of the programme go to: http://rbscalendar.northumbria.ac.uk/calendar/pdrt

Visit the Researcher Development webpage at: northumbria.ac.uk/PGRResearcherDevelopment

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Coming up on the Academic Development and Researcher Training Programme (Staff)

Overview of the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

1:00pm – 2:00pm, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The session will put the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in context, providing the background to the exercise, a brief overview of the outcome from REF2014, and information on known changes to the guidance for REF2021.

Aims and Objectives

  • Understand changes between REF2014 and REF2021
  • Plan the next steps in your REF involvement

Writing Retreat (Includes lunch!) 

9:30am – 4:00pm, Thursday, May 24, 2018

This is a session dedicated to writing, whether that be grant writing or writing for publication. It will allow people a space away from their office where they can come along and write free from distraction. There will be a quiet room to work in (with no talking and phones on silent please!). This will also be an opportunity to meet and talk to colleagues from across the university.

Please note that you must must bring your own writing instruments/electronic writing device.

Aims and Objectives:

  • Developed your academic writing skills
  • Will have completed a personal writing aim
  • Will have planned your next writing aim

Risk Assessment and Health and Safety Awareness

10:00am – 12:00pm, Thursday, May 24, 2018

Want to find out more about Health and Safety in the University? Unsure as to how to complete a risk assessment? This session will provide an overview of both areas and provideyou with an opportunity to carry out practical exercises in completing risk assessments.

Aims and objectives

  • Reasons for safety standards; Legal, Moral, Ethical
  • The Health and safety at work act
  • The Health and Safety Policy
  • Your legal responsibilities
  • Display Screen Equipment
  • Risk assessment
  • Fire Safety: what you need to know
  • Communication, Incident and injury reporting
  • Further information

Book your places here. 

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Coming up in the Professional Development and Researcher Training Programme…

Here are the events that are coming up in the Professional Development and Researcher Training Programme:

  • Writing Retreat, Thur 24 May, 9.30-16.00, NBD451 – to book your place click here – don’t forget to bring your writing equipment!
  • PGR Society Seminar, Fri 25 May, 12.00-14.00, SU Training Rooms 1 & 2 – to book your place click here
  • 3 Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®): Regional Competition, Tue 12 June, 17.00-19.00, CCE1-001 – to book your place click here

To view the rest of the programme go to: http://rbscalendar.northumbria.ac.uk/calendar/pdrt

Visit the Researcher Development webpage at: northumbria.ac.uk/PGRResearcherDevelopment

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