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PIPS Project Opportunity - Bionow Database & Directory

Bionow is the membership organisation for life science businesses in the North of England (see www.bionow.co.uk).  Bionow currently has over 280 subscribing company members across the UK (see http://www.bionow.co.uk/membership/memberdirectory.aspx?l=all ) with a network linking to over 500 life science businesses in the Norther sector and a further 500 businesses in the specialised supply chain. 

Our membership base includes start-ups and early stage firms as well as established growth-oriented companies. Bionow's membership offering focuses on the specific needs of firms at their different stages of development, including dedicated business support programmes, shared procurement schemes with significant cost savings, exclusive insurance benefits, recruitment and training services, R&D funding support, specialist local and national events and access to a vibrant network. 

Project Outline 

To update the Bionow company database and support the production of the published Bionow Directory in Q118 and its searchable online version which maps over 1000 businesses across the North of England.  This will involve reviewing existing extensive information and using desk research to refine and update.  In addition, to widen the existing and already comprehensive Bionow knowledge base to include the exciting emerging industrial field of e-health as an additional subsector. In the course of this work to capture new key contacts within Bionow’s network of companies to enable future business development.

Bionow is regularly approached by large businesses and Universities hoping to partner with smaller (SME) businesses. Smaller businesses are also generally interested in partnering with large companies and institutions. This project will build upon the extensive categorisation of the company database carried out in 2015 to enable Bionow to proactively identify and link relevant companies to each other, to Universities and to other institutions. The ultimate output from this project will be an improved service offering within the Bionow portfolio (see www.bionow.co.uk).  There will also be opportunities to use the database for real life queries e.g. to support foreign investment opportunities and commercial partner searching.

The project will be managed by the Executive Director for Business Development and the role will involve close liaison with all members of the Bionow team.  There will be opportunities to participate in Events and associated activities at locations across the Northwest. 

Essential Skills
  • Ability to work as part of a small dynamic team. 
  • Self-starter capable of independent working on own project. 
  • Skilled in using Excel for data manipulation and management with accuracy and attention to detail.  
  • Experience of client relationship management (CRM) systems would be useful, but full training will be given. 
  • Experience of website management would be useful, but full training will be given. 
  • A clear interest and high-level knowledge of the needs of the life-science industrial sector including some commercial awareness regarding the changing nature of the life-sciences industry (e.g. how large businesses are changing their business models and how small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) work within a complex and evolving supply chain).
  • An interest in new/innovative technologies as applied to the e-health sector e.g. the potential for improved connectivity, sensors and tablets/smartphones to address key healthcare challenges such as caring for an ageing population.
Skills Developed 

This is a unique opportunity to quickly establish a significant personal knowledge of the life-science sector within the North of England which comprises 25% of the UK sector as a whole.  This includes a detailed insight into the various subsectors spanning pharma, biotech, contract research, contract manufacturing, medical technologies, healthcare, analytics and diagnostics and the opportunity to develop e-health as a new subsector for Bionow.  This work will include gaining specific knowledge about individual companies which will inform future job search.  The student will gain experience in the use of databases in a business context including a CRM system to manage client relationships. Experience of working within a fast-moving, small SME business will develop commercial understanding, business acumen, interpersonal skills and practical skills in IT and website management.  These skills are required by all businesses in addition to core scientific knowledge. 

Number of Placements Offered 

We can offer one three month placement. 

Possible Timeframe 

The period September to December 2017 is not available for business reasons. The ideal window is early January 2018 for three months or a later start date up to Easter 2018. owever interested applicants who prefer a summer placement June – August 2018 will also be considered. 

Lead Contact

Name Geoff Davison
email address Geoff.davison@bionow.co.uk 
Phone number 07968 323381



Cap-a-Pie Performing Research group

Theatre company Cap-a-Pie, in residency at Newcastle University, is exploring how theatre can create appropriate and rewarding impact, a vehicle for disseminating research and a means of conducting community engaged research. 

Join the Performing Research group and explore how theatre and drama can be used to develop public engagement and academic impact and complement your research and teaching skills! 

Thursdays: 4 May - 15 June.
6:15pm: unstructured activities
6:45pm - 9:15pm: rehearsals

Performing Research brings together researchers at Newcastle University with theatre makers, audiences and communities.

Come and join our group as we explore the latest research ideas through theatre and work towards a performance at Northern Stage.

You really don’t need any theatrical experience. An open mind and a willingness to get involved is all we ask for. 

Sign up via our website:


Theatre company Cap-a-Pie, in residency at Newcastle University, is exploring how theatre can create appropriate and rewarding impact, a vehicle for disseminating research and a means of conducting community engaged research. Performing Research explores how theatre and drama processes builds, strengthens and adds value to partnerships between universities and communities. 

Cap-a-Pie runs a programme of theatre-based research at Newcastle University that is engaging local communities and theatre audiences and creating impact for researchers. 

Performing Research is the start point for many creative collaborations between researchers, members of the public and communities. 

Performing Research offers a series of highly practical, playful and reflective workshops. Cap-a-Pie will lead an exploration into how theatre can create new knowledge and understandings within an academic research context, as well discover how we can turn ideas and explorations into exciting pieces of theatre and innovative engagement projects.

We are always happy to meet researchers on a one-to-one basis. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with Cap-a-Pie on 07796 478 024 or email Katy (katy@cap-a-pie.co.uk) if you’d like to discuss any ideas/questions you have. 

Sense about Science EU Internship (Brussels)

Sense about Science’s Brussels office is providing an exciting opportunity for a volunteer intern who has
a keen interest in science communication. 
Sense about Science EU is an independent campaigning charity that monitors the use and abuse of
scientific evidence in EU affairs. We stand up for the public interest, advocating for openness about the
evidence behind important EU policy claims and equipping people to ask for and understand it.
We are looking for an intern from April 2017, to be based in Brussels. Tasks will include:

  • Assistance in including EU affairs in the Ask for Evidence campaign and promoting it in EU member
  • states.
  • Assistance in organising a Standing up for Science workshop in Brussels.
  • Promotion of VoYS network in EU member states.
  • Represent Sense about Science EU at networking events.
  • General support of the EU office: contact management, communication, monitoring of evidence use in EU affairs.   

You can download a full role description here.

For further information, please contact Sofie Vanthournout, director of Sense about Science EU:
svanthournout@senseaboutscience.org, +32 479 53 89 10.

Science and the Media workshops with {react} magazine


In partnership with {react} magazine the Graduate School is running a one-day suite of workshops on 23 February aimed at all students with an interest in science writing and communications.

In partnership with {react} magazine the Graduate School is running a one-day suite of workshops on 23 February aimed at all students with an interest in science writing and communications.

Run by science students at Newcastle University {react} magazine wants to inform those interested in science about science-based research, providing an insight not only into the end products of research but all activities that go on behind the red brick doors of Newcastle’s science departments. You can keep up to date with {react} magazine on Facebook and Twitter.

These sessions are open to all current Newcastle students. You may come for the whole day or just attend individual workshops that interest you (please register for each session separately). Click on the workshop titles below to go to the booking page.

Your {react} science magazine (10.30-11.00)

As an introduction there will be a group discussion of what is happening with {react} Magazine - who & what the magazine should be for, what format it should take & what funding sources are available and required to keep it going. 

Science communication: problems, pitfalls and pointers (11.00-12.00)

Duncan Yellowlees from the Centre for Life will look at the ways people engage with science and the kinds of things that push their buttons and get them interested, considering the impact of emotion and storytelling.

Science and the media: science journalism (12.00-14.00)

Discusses what the press are looking for in a science story and how the Media Relations team can work with you to get your research stories out to the public. Includes lunch from 13.00-14.00 

Design and marketing: science with public appeal (13.00-15.00)

Calling upon the branding and design expertise marketing professional Danielle Stone (JUMP) we consider how to make science and research appealing to the public. Includes lunch from 13.00-14.00 

Writing for {react} magazine (15.00-16.00)

An opportunity to put forward ideas for content in the next issue of {react} magazine. There will be time to put down some initial ideas for articles and to share and discuss content and writing style.



Training Matters - Supporting Your Patient & Public Representatives

‘Supporting Your Patient & Public Representatives’ will introduce you to the PPI Peer to Peer Support Forum and also to the support and training guidance that has been developed with PPI for PPI.

The format of the session will include a brief presentation, small group work and an open floor discussion about how you can best support your PPI representatives.

*This session is open to all staff and postgraduate researchers*

As places are limited, registration is essential.  Please register via the workshop e-booking system: https://tinyurl.com/SupportPPITraining. You will be required to sign in using your university login details.

For more information contact the FMS Engagement Team at FMS.Engagement@ncl.ac.uk. 


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