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PIPS Opportunity: Learning from Good Practice in Impact

BBSRC Innovation and Skills Group is looking for a PIPS intern to conduct an analysis of the recent Excellent with Impact programme with the aim of producing internal and external guidance to inform Good Practice for managing and achieving Impact from investments in Research. This might also lead to a potential high level paper, as well as the opportunity to enhance a range of professional skills. 

Role of the PIPS intern 

Based in BBSRC’s Swindon office, the project will require the design and iteration of an appropriate methodology, literature review and contextualisation, analysis of existing evidence and information (potentially using text mining software), as well as collaborative writing of the proposed guidance documents. The intern will work independently within the team, and will get the chance to interact with people across the BBSRC office as well as external stakeholders who took part in the programme.


The applicant should have an interest in the delivery of impact from bioscience research, the development and application of data analysis methodology, and the writing of policy and/or guidance documentation. The benefits to the PIPS intern will include an increased knowledge of impact activities carried out by researchers and research organisations, the development of an understanding of how impact might be measured, experience of how a major bioscience funding body operates, exploring alternative scientific career options, and development of networking and communication skills. 

Background to the project 

At the conclusion of EwI, BBSRC is keen to build on the data and resources invested in the programme in order to identify good practice in achieving and managing impact. We intend to produce a good practice guide for institutional impact, as well as other internal and external publications. Leveraging the unique experience of the competition, BBSRC hopes to disseminate emergent good practice for the benefit of organisations across the UK and internationally, including ROs, partner organisations, and others. 

Background to Excellence with Impact 

The Excellence with Impact (EwI) competition recognised institutions that developed and successfully delivered a vision for maximising impact, alongside a relevant institution-wide culture change. There were 30 participating Research Organisations (‘Participants’) who engaged with the competition for three years. Throughout the competition Participants submitted various documents, hosted visits from BBSRC staff and Assessors, and participated in assessment interviews.


EwI formed part of the Fostering Innovation suite of competitions. These competitions recognise the commitment by BBSRC-supported researchers to facilitate and deliver economic and/or social impact from their research, and the efforts of knowledge exchange practitioners, research organisations, and BBSRC strategically-funded institutes in supporting and encouraging this process. The Fostering Innovation competitions aim to promote excellence amongst researchers, knowledge exchange practitioners, departments, and institutions by recognising successful approaches to innovation and impact in the biosciences.

Questions on Excellence with Impact and on this placement can be directed to James Sundquist: james.sundquist@bbsrc.ac.uk

Download an application form 


Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, there will be a remote online session:

·        New York City

·        San Francisco Bay Area

·        Seattle

·        Boston

·        Washington, DC.

Dates: All sections will be from 27 March 2017 to 19 May 2017.

Application Link: https://www.thedataincubator.com/fellowship.html#apply?ref=waW9uLmV4dGVybmFsbGlhaXNvbkBuY2wuYWMudWs=

Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Sign up soon as space is limited.

Learn More: You can learn about our fellows at The New York Times, LinkedIn, Amazon, Capital One, or Palantir. To read about our latest fellow alumni, check out our blog. To learn more about The Data Incubator, check us out on Venture Beat, The Next Web, or Harvard Business Review.


NEPG 2016 - Interview with Grace Laws, Conference Committee Chair

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In November the North East PostGraduate Conference gave the region’s PG students the chance to share their research. Grace Laws, chair of the organising committee and PhD student (IoN), tells us more.

In November the North East PostGraduate (NEPG) Conference gave the region’s PG students the chance to share their research.  Here Grace Laws, chair of the organising committee and PhD student (IoN), tells us more about it.  

What is the NEPG conference and why is it so important?

The NEPG conference is a Biological, Medical and Health Sciences conference organised by postgraduate students for postgraduate students. The venue is always the North East but is not exclusively for local students. This year we had presenters and delegates from Leeds, Teesside, Northumbria, Durham and Liverpool. 

The conference offers postgraduate students a chance to present their work amongst peers, and encourages all postgraduate students to submit abstracts for talks and posters.  For many students, this may be their first conference attendance or first chance to showcase their work, therefore can offer a great opportunity to build upon presentation skills.

What was on offer for delegates this year?

The NEPG hosted several workshops and keynote speakers, alongside poster presentations and 10 different student sessions of talks across two days. Keynote talks were given by Prof Jenny Read and Prof Mary Herbert of Newcastle University, Prof Gary Black of Northumbria University and Prof Stephen Hart of UCL. Workshops varied from subject specific sessions such as improving the design of animal experiments to broader concepts such as scientific communication.

What was the most rewarding part of the conference for you?

The most rewarding part of the conference was being able to offer postgraduate students the opportunity to present and attend a free conference. Having a conference that is solely for postgraduate students helps students to build up their confidence in presenting and academic discussion. For masters students, the NEPG offers an opportunity to attend a conference and see the research projects within their field of interest that are ongoing across the UK.

It’s probably the first time you’ve ever done anything like this, what did you and the organising committee learn from the experience?

Having attended conferences and never organising one before, it was very interesting to see the whole process of organising a conference. From marking abstracts, to chairing sessions, and judging talks and posters the committee built upon our own skills as researchers to identify what makes a good talk or poster. It was a very valuable learning experience that I am grateful to have, and I would recommend any postgraduate students to get involved in next year’s organisation.

 

 

Our graduate school supports the NEPG conference and has been impressed by this year’s event. 

"This year's organising committee have done a fantastic job putting together a very professional conference that offered research students a perfect environment to present their work. Delegate could take part in a great variety of workshops and could hear from world leading key-note speakers covering a range of current. Grace Laws has been a wonderful lead organiser with a vision for the conference that is inclusive and supportive of her peers in the postgraduate research community. The conference was free for all delegates to attend and also raised funds for the Charity Mind. A really outstanding effort from all involved. " Dr Richy Hetherington 

 

Photograph of organising committee taken by Lian Maltas

Conference is kindly sponsored by: http://ne-pg.co.uk/sponsors/ 


North East Postgraduate Conference 2016 - Winners

We’re thrilled to announce the following prize winners from last week's excellent North East PostGraduate (NEPG) Conference, selected by the organisers from a very competitive field.

Oral Presentations

Winner

Felix Chan (PhD, IoN) 'A novel in vitro brain slice model of mitochondrial epilepsy: "a dual hit hypothesis"'

Runners-up

Ben McCullough (PhD, NICR) 'Response to MDM2-p53 binding antagonists in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia'
Sara Cuevas Ocana (PhD, ICaMB) 'Gene editing of human embryonic stem cells to generate a physiologically relevant model of cystic fibrosis airway epithelium'

Poster Presentations

Winner

Majid Althaqafy (PhD, IH&S) 'Hepatitis B, measles and varicella infections, among newly recruited military and healthcare employees in the Saudi National Guard: Associated knowledge, concerns and barriers to vaccination'

Runners-up 

Claire Ford (PhD, Northumbria) 'Preoperative pain planning for day case surgery patients: myth or reality?'
Eleanor Klejnow (MBBS) 'Mutational profiling of hyperdiploidy acute myeloid leukaemia using next generation sequencing technology'

Warmest congratulations to all the prize winners.


FMS Events November 2016


1st November 2016

Ageing well in Newcastle: a celebration of a research active city

2nd November 2016

CANDO Epilepsy Event

2nd November 2016

Jacobsen Lecture: Neurology

3rd November 2016

IoN Seminar: Cognition and the pre-frontal cortex

3rd November 2016

Career Clinic: secret life of a scientist

7th November 2016

ICM PI Seminar: Smart materials and the quest for rhythmic motion in healthcare applications

7th November 2016

NICR Seminar: Insights into MLL-AF4+ infant B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

8th November 2016

IGM Seminar: Regional IBD analysis (RIA): a new method for linkage analysis in extended pedigrees using genome-wide SNP data

8th November 2016

Proximity to Discovery: Regenerative Medicine for Diabetes

8th November 2016

Facilities Workshop: Light Microscopy

8th November 2016

ERDP seminar series: Building a pedagogic research community

8th November 2016

ERDP workshop: Evaluating teaching development in higher education: towards impact assessment

9th November 2016

ICaMB Seminar: Chromosome 21: its critical role in cancer and childhood leukaemia

9th November 2016

Facilities Workshop: Light Microscopy

9th November 2016

Facilities Workshop: Metabolite Profiling, Metabolomics, Metabonomics

9th November 2016

FLTSEC Learning & Teaching Forums

10th November 2016

IoN Seminar: Mitochondria

10th November 2016

Stage 4 MBBS State of the Art Lecture: Robotic Surgery: Better than the human hand?

10th November 2016

Targeting Non-Conscious and Conscious Processes to Change Behaviour

10th November 2016

Facilities Workshop: Light Microscopy

11th November 2016

Newcastle mouse models of cancer

14th November 2016

NICR Seminar: Understanding Cellular Heterogeneity

14th November 2016

Engagement and Impact monthly advice sessions

14th November 2016

Conference Ambassador Event

15th November 2016

Parkinson's disease

15th November 2016

Stage 4 MBBS State of the Art Lecture: Death of the Stethoscope? The birth of point of care ultrasound

16th November 2016

ICaMB Seminar: Epigenetic Regulation: Nucleation and Dynamics of Specialised Chromatin Domains

16th November 2016

Proximity to Discovery: Oncology

17th November 2016

Prof. Roland W. Fleming, PhD

17th November 2016

Stage 4 MBBS State of the Art Lecture: Itchy, Sneezy, Wheezy, Queasy: Are bacteria causing the rise of allergy in children?

17th November 2016

Scientific Facilities Showcase

18th November 2016

Psychology Seminar: Psychopathic traits and empathic functioning in adolescents, offenders and non-offenders

18th November 2016

L&T workshop: Writing Learning Outcomes

19th November 2016

EIT Innovation Day

21st November 2016

NICR Seminar: Fragment Based Discovery of Drug Candidates and Tools for Target Validation

21st November 2016

ICM PI Seminar: The complement conundrum; new ways to tackle an old enemy

22nd November 2016

IGM Seminar: Advanced therapy medicinal products, road to the clinic

23rd November 2016

ICaMB Seminar: Structural insights into the broad-spectrum antiviral target Endoplasmic Reticulum alpha glucosidase II, and the glycoprotein folding sensor UDP-glucose glucosyl transferase (UGGT)

23rd November 2016

MRC Harwell Institute

23rd November 2016

Faculty Research Lecture: Prof Jeannette Ickovics

23rd November 2016

Group Antenatal Care: Translational Research and Innovations in Clinical Practice

24th November 2016

Dementia and Incontinence Knowledge and Exchange

24th November 2016

The Jacobson Lecture

28th November 2016

NICR Seminar: Adhesion networks in cancer

29th November 2016

IGM Seminar: The potential and challenges of next generation sequencing in clinical practice

30th November 2016

ICaMB Seminar: Specificity in ubiquitin signalling

30th November 2016

L&T seminar series: What I mean when I say ... QA Documentation

November-December 2016

NAHP Patient Month



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