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Bulletin The University of Nottingham Graduate School Newsletter

Postgraduate placements Stretch your skills, and get paid for it Researcher Iraq

Arts round-up

Be a viva survivor

Graduate School and

Opportunities for researchers

Viva resources on iTunesU,

International Office support

in the Arts, including student-led

plus much more. It’s never too

Iraq researcher development


early to think about your viva!

What’s inside P3: Graduate School and International Office work with British Council to support Iraq universities

Contents Features

Other stories


P4 Researcher Iraq The Graduate School and the International Office support the development of research training in Iraqi universities.

P2 Welcome A warm welcome from the Head of the Graduate School

Neil Walker The Graduate School A18 Trent Building University Park Nottingham, NG7 2RD

P5 Arts round-up Social media sessions and student-led initiatives

P2 Keeping you informed How to keep informed about the latest developments for postgraduates at Nottingham

P6 Postgraduate placements Fancy undertaking a short, flexible placement with a local organisation?

P9 Opportunities Enviro-Entrepreneur School and effective business networking event

P7 Online developments Supervisor Workspace, viva support and more

P9 Careers in Focus: the creative industries: November 2010 Are you considering the next steps in your career? Do you have an active interest in the creative industries? If the answer to these questions is yes, then this event could be for you.

P8 Meet the team Featuring Dr Victoria Sedman, Researcher Development Manager for Science and acting Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre Manager

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Email: Tel: 0115 846 7944 Fax: 0115 846 7799 Text: 07786209140 The Graduate School online at: Picture credits: Christine K (this page)


Welcome all new and returning postgraduates The Postgraduate Welcome Week was again a great beginning to a brand new session, and we would like to thank all those students and staff who participated and made it such a success. We had record numbers attending our welcome presentation and we hope that new students found it useful to discover some of the support that is available for postgraduates at Nottingham. Science students, in particular, will gain new facilities as the Engineering Graduate Centre welcomes Science postgraduates to participate in its activities. From September 2011 there will

be a new Engineering and Science Graduate Centre in the brand new Engineering and Science Learning Centre on University Park Campus. We would like to welcome Victoria Sedman as our new Researcher Development Manager for Science. Victoria is also acting as our Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre Manager. You can find out more about Victoria in our Meet the Team section. We will be introducing a lot of new online resources over the next few months, starting with our Viva FAQs on YouTube and iTunes and a new Workspace for supervisors. You can read more about these developments and more in this issue.

Tessa Payne Head of the Graduate School

Keeping you informed Monthly Digest


During term-time, the Graduate School circulates a monthly round-up of information in the form of a HTML email. If you have something you would like to publicise, or some news you think would be useful to your fellow postgraduates, please contact:

The Graduate School maintains a Twitter feed for spot announcements, new opportunities and occasional insights To view our tweets, point your browser or Twitter client here:

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Researcher Iraq Graduate School and International Office help support researcher development in Iraq “I believe that to be strong in any field you develop your strength by continuously working and sharing with others, not by holding others back. Iraqi and Kurdish academics are enormously enthusiastic about this DelPHE project and improving capacity for research in Iraq will mean greater opportunities for all the partner nations” As a result of winning funding of £90k from the British Council and DelPHE-Iraq, the Graduate School and the International Office ran a series of workshops in Iraq this October. The Graduate School’s researcher development team has worked with the Kurdish Regional Government and the seven regional universities to support the development of research training in Iraqi universities. This two year project will also involve taking future research training leaders to experience our campus in Malaysia as well as bringing them to the UK. DelPHE-Iraq supports partnerships between Iraqi higher education institutions and those in other countries. The scheme aims to help rebuild the Iraqi higher education sector by reconnecting Iraq's higher education institutions with their global counterparts and encourage knowledge-sharing on improved practice in HE teaching, learning and research.

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International House, Jubilee Campus


Arts round-up PhD students and early career researchers interested in using social media as part of their academic practices may like to attend two Social Media and Academic Practice training sessions, over two informative, informal and interactive sessions. LeRoy Hill and Andy Coverdale, PhD students from the School of Education, demystify social media, by focusing on the social, participatory and collaborative qualities of key social media (Web 2.0) technologies, and discussing how they can support and promote academic and research practices and professional development. Session 1 (3 November 2010) Introduction to social media - key concepts and core values, blogging and Twitter, managing and sharing content online, social bookmarking and referencing. Session 2 (24 November 2010) Social networking and collaboration, managing social media - aggregation and syndication, digital identities, issues of copyright and attribution.

Student-led activities in the Faculty of Arts Mind the Skills Gap A series of workshops promoting entrepreneurship in the Arts has the following seminars coming up in the next few weeks:  Workshop 3: Marketing in the arts Friday 5 November (9.30am-1pm)  Self-employment and careers in consultancy and networking for success Wednesday 10 November (10am-5pm)  Forging careers in creative industries and leadership skills Wednesday 17 November (10.15am-4.15pm) These courses are extremely popular. To register please email Rachel Middlemass ASAP:

Academic literacies in the university and the workplace: perspectives from research and practice Friday 5 November 2010 (9.30am-3.00pm) This one-day seminar aims to provide researchers, lecturers and professionals with a forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas on academic literacies, the politics of publishing in English, the link between university and industry, and graduate employability. If you would like to present your work or attend the seminar, please send Julio Gimenez ( or Juliet Thondhlana ( an email.

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Postgraduate placements Fancy undertaking a short, flexible placement with a local organisation?

“One of the great benefits of taking a postgraduate student to work with us is that of the fresh thinking that they bring to the project.”

Working with local organisations you will have the opportunity to:

What's on offer?



develop transferable skills and improve your CV enhance your employability prospects make professional contacts earn up to £1,200 make an impact on the performance of an external organisation gain experience of different workplaces helping you to decide which career or employer is right for you take a unique approach to organisational research

Funded by a grant from the European Regional Development Fund, The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University are working with local public and private sector organisations, giving postgraduates the chance to complete a variety of work-based projects. The projects last 8-12 weeks and typically only demand 6-10 hours per week. To find out more and to register to receive updates, go to:


Online developments Workspace for research supervisors

Finding more support for your viva

The Graduate School has been developing a Workspace for research supervisors. This is intended as a convenient resource for experienced, new and aspiring supervisors. Whether you need quick access to doctoral regulations, want to further your professional development, or are new to supervision and don't know where to start, we hope you'll find the relevant information within these pages.

Many new postgraduate research students start their studies at the same time as others, but all research students complete their doctoral vivas at different times. By the time they sit their viva, some students have already started in new jobs or are located far from Nottingham. As a result, students can be left feeling extremely time constrained and isolated from a common experience. This means that providing appropriate and accessible support for students about to undertake their viva is both important and logistically challenging.

The space will launch at the end of October 2010 and we will send out an email notification when the site is live. For further information, please contact: Eleanor Forward, Web Project Manager, Graduate School:

The Graduate School’s new Viva Survivor web page brings together details of the extensive range of viva support for students. Some provision is of the traditional workshop style, other, such as the YouTube and iTunesU Examiner FAQS, is web-based. As they come to the end of their student life at Nottingham our students will still be able to access support from the Graduate School and advice from experienced examiners, wherever they are in the world:

The Graduate School will be launching a new website in time for next semester. It has been built with the help of postgraduate interns and promises much easier navigation to the important postgraduate info that you need. If you have suggestions for new content, or would be interested in user-testing the site prior to it launching, please contact Neil Walker:



Meet the team

Location of the Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre

Dr Victoria Sedman, Researcher Development Manager for Science and Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre Manager I am a member of the Graduate School’s Researcher Development Team where I have joint responsibility for delivering skills training to both postgraduate students and research staff within the Science Faculty. I also manage the Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre in the Medical School. The Graduate Centre is a great communal space just for postgraduates and research staff, and a perfect place to meet fellow researchers from the Faculty. The Graduate Centre hosts faculty-specific training and various social events - I always welcome new suggestions for provisions and events, so pop in for a chat or a cup of tea! I have been at The University of Nottingham for eight years now having originally come to Nottingham to undertake a Masters degree at the Sutton Bonington campus. I then moved to the School of Pharmacy where I completed my PhD and worked as a postdoc research fellow studying small biological molecules that can assemble into nano-sized structures, which have a range of potential applications in the development of novel pharmaceutics, tissue engineering and medical devices.

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Where are you from originally? I’m a Yorkshire lass and grew up in Hull (Kingston upon Hull to give it it’s full title or ‘Ull if you’re a local)

Victoria Sedman

Favourite book? My inner geek wants to say Stryer’s Biochemistry. However, The Shardlake Chronicles by C.J. Sansom are a definite favourite too. Favourite TV program? That’s easy, Spaced - Old school! Where did you last go on holiday? My last holiday was to the Lake District on my minihoneymoon. It’s an old favourite haunt and without a doubt the most beautiful part of England. What couldn't you live without? My family, friends and a vegetable patch.


Opportunities Enviro-Entrepreneur School BioCity Nottingham: 10 - 12 November 2010 Recruitment is now underway for the Enviro-Entrepreneur School which aims to encourage and nurture entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a business in the Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services Sector. This three day ‘boot camp’ will kick start your entrepreneurial career in this fast growing marketplace by taking you through an intense three-day programme delivered by seasoned entrepreneurs, business consultants and investors. Over half of the 40 places at the school are fully funded by our sponsors and will be allocated to the best applicants. Sponsors include: Nottingham Science City, Pera, No 1. Nottingham Science Park, QED, BioCity Nottingham. For more details

Effective business networking Sir Colin Campbell Building, Jubilee Campus: 11 November 2010 How can you become a more confident and effective networker? In today’s highly competitive world, being a confident and effective networker sets you apart from the crowd. You become more visible and you will always create more opportunities than the average person. However, many researchers dread this vital activity or feel that they could perform better. Learn the basic principles of networking, how to work a room and leave with important contact details and how to follow up potential opportunities.

Careers in Focus: the creative industries: November 2010 Are you considering the next steps in your career? Do you have an active interest in the creative industries? If the answer to these questions is yes, then this event could be for you. Vitae is collaborating with the AHRC to run a new event focusing on Arts and Humanities and the creative industries. This follows on from successful ‘Careers in focus’ events in Investment Banking, Academia and Professional Services. The aim of this one day event is to meet key employers and explore the breadth of exciting career opportunities available to you. You will have the opportunity to:    

network with key employers find out what skills and expertise employers are looking for in applicants ask questions about the options available start to make an informed decision about your career or build on the areas that you have already been considering

The workshop will also teach you how to get the best out of the business networking tool Linked. During the afternoon, you will be shown how you can get started, build your personal profile, start building your network, get lots of testimonials and raise your own profile.

Book your place now: Careers-in-focus-creative-industries-booking-form.html

This workshop is offered to postgraduate research students and research staff only. Only 40 places are offered, so please book early to avoid disappointment

BBC The Southbank Centre The Design Council Skillset

Book a place at by entering the keyword GSTIN1.

Featured employers:

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Contacts Professor Claire O’Malley Dean of the Graduate School e: Tessa Payne Head of the Graduate School t: +44 (0)115 846 8493 e:

Claire Palmer Postgraduate Funding Manager t: +44 (0)115 846 6347 e: Tammy Greeno Events Manager t: +44 (0)115 846 7243 e:

Kathleen Fennemore PA to the Head of the Graduate School and Dean of the Graduate School t: +44 (0)115 846 6946 e:

Neil Walker Web & Communications Officer t: +44 (0)115 846 7974 e:

Dr Jane Wellens Head of Researcher Development t: +44 (0)115 846 7944

Jennifer Steeples Admin Team Leader t: +44 (0)115 846 6945 e:

Steven Hardy Business Development Officer t: +44 (0)115 846 8582 e:

For general queries t: +44 (0)115 846 8400 e:

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