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PGR Innovation Fund 2014 - Launch Event 2 May 2014

The PGR Innovation Fund, is an annual scheme (begun in 2013) that provides funding for groups of students working on projects that will enhance the postgraduate research student experience. The 2014 scheme invites proposals for funding (up to £4000) for groups of students working on projects to support and improve the postgraduate research student experience. PGR Innovation Fund awards are designed to pump-prime the development of new or innovative projects to improve the student experience.

Interested parties are encouraged to attend a “launch” and information event on 2 May 2014 from 1-3 p.m. (Research Beehive 2.20), which will include presentations from last year’s successful project teams. Lunch will be available between 12:30 and 1 (private dining room, Courtyard). The booking form for the launch event is available here: http://forms.ncl.ac.uk/view.php?id=5939.

The PVC of Learning and Teaching, Professor Suzanne Cholerton, will launch the funding call, representatives from the postgraduate faculties will explain the application process, and last year’s successful project teams will speak about how projects in their Schools/Institutes have enhanced their personal skills and improved the overall student experience.

2014 Awards:

The 2014 call for proposals will close at midnight on 1 June 2014. We welcome proposals for any projects that are led by current PGR students and that will help to improve the student experience.
The proposals will be judged on the following criteria:

• Does the proposal show how the project will broadly enhance the PGR student experience?
• Does the proposal explain sufficiently why the project is needed to improve the student experience?
• Does the project demonstrate PGR student leadership and researcher development?
• Based on the information provided in the proposal, is the project feasible within the resources (funding) sought?
• Does the proposal include consideration of how the student team will measure and demonstrate the impact of their project on the student experience?
• Does the proposal consider how on-going student demand might be met beyond the period of funding, if appropriate? Is the project sustainable?

Relevant resources are:

• call for proposals and guidance notes  and guidance notes for applicants, including suggestions on how to complete the application
• sample proposal  (intended only as inspiration)
• booking form for the PGR Innovation Fund Launch on 2nd May 2014
• Fund 2014 application

Further details of the 2013 awards can be found at www.ncl.ac.uk/quilt/resources/research/pgrinnovationfund

Summer in Paris!

Sponsored Places at FEBS Young Scientists’ Forum and FEBS EMBO 2014 Conference

As part of the celebrations for ‘50 years of FEBS’ the Biochemical Society is offering five Postgraduate student members the opportunity to attend these two events free of charge. There will be the opportunity for them to meet other scientists, share their scientific results and ideas, and get essential guidance on developing their career in the beautiful surroundings of Paris in late summer.

The successful sponsored place applicants will have the following covered by the Biochemical Society:

• Shared accommodation for eight nights in Paris (two occupants per room) from 27 August
• Registration fees for both the Young Scientists' Forum and the FEBS EMBO Conference
• Meals during the Young Scientists' Forum
• Contribution towards travel expenses

The FEBS Young Scientist’s Forum takes place from 27-29 August 2014 and provides a fantastic opportunity to network with other young scientists from across Europe and hear keynote lectures from Petra Hajkova from MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, London and Philipp Holliger MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge. Successful applicants will then attend the FEBS EMBO 2014 Conference from 30 August  - 4 September 2014 where they will be able to participate in the full programme and network with a wide range of researchers from across Europe.

The deadline for applications is 1 May 2014.

In order to apply for one of these places applicants must have been a current Postgraduate Member of the Society for more than 12 months on 1 May 2014. Application is via the General Travel Grants application form. For further eligibility criteria and to apply for one of these places please visit the General Travel Grants webpage.

Conference Competition

To introduce (bio)medical students into the various aspects of healthy ageing with focus on the limitations/complications we are facing today.

30 June - 4 July 2014

Conference Competition
University Medical Centre Groningen
Medical Sciences Summer School Healthy Ageing
30 June - 4 July 2014

Summer School Information

Entry Form

Goal of the Medical Sciences Summer School Healthy Ageing
The main goal of this Medical Sciences Summer School is:
To introduce (bio)medical students into the various aspects of healthy ageing with focus on the limitations/complications we are facing today.
How to understand/tackle these problems by performing scientific research.

Teaching Methods
The format of a Medical Sciences School is based on the intense interaction between students and masters.

A variety of lectures will be given by experts in the field on topics given below. The participant will work on healthy ageing-related scientific problems in small multidisciplinary groups, applying multiple (societal, medical and biological) approaches. A course book will be composed. 
Who can participate?
Selected (bio)medical students interested in healthy ageing/healthy ageing research from preferred partners of the Graduate School of Medical Sciences of the University of Groningen.

Newcastle will nominate two current MRes or PhD students, or recent MRes graduates (e.g. intercalating MBBS students who have returned to clinical studies).

The Prize
Free registration (including accommodation and meals (it is a student event organised by students, so housing will be in student-housing facilities)) on the Summer School Health Ageing (kindly provided by the Graduate School of Medical Sciences of the University of Groningen)

A travel grant of up to £200 provided by the Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School, Newcastle University. Groningen is pleasant University city in the north-east of The Netherlands, reached by a 2 hour train journey from Amsterdam (with convenient flights and ferry connections from Newcastle).

The Competition
To enter the competition you need to complete a paragraph of why you would benefit from attending the Groningen Medical Sciences Summer School Healthy Ageing. Selection will be by a small committee from the Graduate School.

Closing Date: 11 April 2014

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