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Three Minute Thesis 2016 - Newcastle Heats


Next Wednesday, 11th May, sees the start of this year's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition with the Newcastle heat stage. All are welcome to come and watch some lively and engaging presentations by research students from across the University.  Topics range from habitat protection in offshore renewable energy, targeting the drivers of ageing, and the legacy of Lord Eldon, the Newcastle-born Lord Chancellor in the early 19th century – so it should be an interesting and varied afternoon! 

The 3MT competition challenges doctoral students to explain their research - in a way that can be easily understood by a non-specialist - in just three minutes using only one slide. Originally developed by the University of Queensland, Australia it has been taken up by Universities across the world. After the heats, there are a number of regional  semi-finals before a national final in September. In 2014,  Rhys Anderson from the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences won the national people’s choice award with his presentation on the role of DNA damage in ageing, which you can watch here.

3MT is a tough competition so come and show your support for your research colleagues!

Date: Wednesday 11th May
Time: 15.00-17.00
Venue: Ridley 2, 1.63
All welcome! 

If you would like to take part in the competition, there is still time to enter! 

You have until 9th May to register to take part in the competition – fill in the application form here. 

Development opportunities for early career researchers

Biotechnology YES

Biotechnology YES is a truly excellent opportunity for researchers to get a crash course in what commercialising a research finding would entail. This is experiential learning that will help researchers identify how they can make the most from their research findings. It can also help researchers think about the broader range of career options that might be suitable for them.

Book a place on the Biotechnology YES information session on the 10th May to learn more about the Scheme and meet last year’s successful participants.

Three Minute Thesis competition

The 3MT challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes.  The competition is open to all research students and is a fun way to network and focus on communicating research to a knowledgeable but non-expert audience.

Book a place in the competition. Deadline for entries: 9th May

For more information about any of the above please contact: Richy Hetherington, Postgraduate Skills Co-ordinator (richard.hetherington@ncl.ac.uk, 0191 208 7874)

Lunchtime Mindfulness Sessions: Spring 2016


A new series of lunchtime Mindfulness meditation sessions begins in May 2016

These sessions are designed to introduce participants to a range of mindfulness practices they may find helpful in their everyday lives, at work and at home; practices that may help them to find ways to reduce stress and develop a better sense of well-being.
The sessions are open to everyone, with or without prior experience of meditation, and are designed so that people can dip in an out if they wish to. The sessions will be led by Michael Atkinson and Dr. Lucy Harrison. Please contact Michael Atkinson in the School of Medical Education at michael.atkinson@ncl.ac.uk if you would like more information.
Each session will involve some meditation practice as well as some discussion around each theme. Each session will last for 45 minutes, but you are welcome to come for as little or as long as you wish. Sessions are held in the Graduate Training Suite (MG207, near the Medical School main entrance).
Details of each session are listed on the flyer. To book a session go to the list of forthcoming workshops.

Post-Graduate Research Innovation Fund 2016

The University is excited to announce the fourth annual call for proposals to provide funding for groups of students working on projects to support and improve the postgraduate research student experience.

The University is excited to announce the fourth annual call for proposals to provide funding for groups of students working on projects to support and improve the postgraduate research student experience. The PGR Innovation Fund 2016 is now accepting project proposals. The closing date for proposals is 14 June 2016. 

PGR Innovation Fund awards are designed to pump-prime the development of responsive and/or innovative projects to improve the student experience. The awards will not fund individual student research. It is anticipated that 5-8 group projects will be funded, each for up to £4K. Proposals do not have to be for the full £4K.

Interested parties are encouraged to attend a “launch” and information event on 11 May 2016 from 9-11 a.m. (Barbara Strang Teaching Centre G34). The booking form for the launch event is available here: http://forms.ncl.ac.uk/view.php?id=7919.

PVC of Learning and Teaching Professor Suzanne Cholerton will launch the funding call, and last year’s successful project teams will participate with PG Deans and academic staff in a panel on strategies for enhancing the PGR student experience. The application process will also be explained, and any questions you have will be answered.

The contact for initial queries about the PGR Innovation Fund 2016 is Graeme Redshaw-Boxwell in LTDS (pgr.innovation@ncl.ac.uk / Ext. 83903).

British Science Week Mitochondria debate

As part of British Science Week 2016 Simon Woods contributed to the Mitochondria: exploring the science debate at EXPLORE, on Saturday 12th March in Newcastle city centre. The event was chaired by Dorothy Stainsby, Chair of the EXPLORE board.

EXPLORE is a lively, ambitious programme of talks, workshops and visits and is run by The Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre, a Community Interest Company with an elected board of directors. 

Alongside Simon, the panel of speakers included members of Newcastle University’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research team Felix ChanDr Lindsey Butterworth and Dr Julie Murphy.

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