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Here you will find details about our forthcoming events, workshops and seminars scheduled throughout the year, as well as details of previous events.

Forthcoming Events

 

  


 

PERCAT Research Conference 2019 – Call for Volunteers

The PERCAT Postdoctoral Researcher Conference (EPS & LES) in June 2018 was a great success with over 100 postdoctoral and research staff in attendance.  We are planning to hold another research conference in summer 2019 but we need your help to achieve this.  The conference is organised by an organising committee made up of volunteers from among the post-doc community in EPS and LES, and reporting to the PERCAT Committee.  Involvement in the organising committee is an excellent career development activity and a great way to raise your profile, and does not require a large time commitment.  Volunteers have the opportunity to become involved in all aspects of planning, developing and chairing the conference, and are vital in ensuring that the conference is relevant and useful for post-docs in our colleges. 

If you wish to volunteer to be part of the conference organising committee please contact Jennifer Thomson.  You can read about our June 2018 conference in the conference review

 


 

PERCAT Careers Seminar: Careers inside Academia

Thursday 20th September, 11am-1pm, Metallurgy & Materials Building, Lecture Theatre GC13 (G6 on Campus Map).

Registration is now closed.

Open to all postdocs and early career researchers in the Colleges of EPS and LES. A special guest panel of speakers at different career stages within academia will share their experiences of developing a career within academia, the key points they have learnt along the way and the advice they found most useful in developing their career.

Lunch provided.

Our speakers are drawn from both EPS and LES and include:

  • Professor Janice L. Thompson, Professor of Public Health Nutrition and outgoing Head of the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
  • Dr Alessandro Mottura, Lecturer in Physical Metallurgy in the School of Metallurgy and Materials.
  • Dr Hannah Price, Birmingham Fellow and Royal Society University Research Fellow in the School of Physics and Astronomy.
  • Dr Liz Ballou, Lecturer in Cellular Microbiology in the School of Biosciences. 

Panel talks and Q&A will begin at 11am, followed by lunch.  

 


 

Coming Up:

  • Thursday 8th November 2018 - PERCAT Careers Seminar: Teaching - Training, Support and Opportunities for Postdocs
  • Monday 17th December 2018 - PERCAT Careers Seminar: Pensions

Look out for further details which will be posted here and included in our fortnightly PERCAT email bulletin.

 


 

Previous Events

Resources from previous EPS & LES PERCAT events can be found on the EPS & LES PERCAT Canvas pages.  You must have received an invitation to access these pages.  If you are a postdoc or ECR in EPS or LES please contact Jennifer Thomson to receive an invitation.

 

September 2018

PERCAT Workshop: Research Grants: Where do I start?

Tuesday 4th September, 11am-3pm, Metallurgy & Materials Building Room 2C28 (G6 on Campus Map).

This workshop will give a broad overview of the UK research funding landscape, including an introduction to key funding bodies, the types of grants available and the intellectual and administrative stages involved in preparing a grant application. It will be of interest to postdoctoral and early career researchers who wish to apply for independent funding and would like to know how to get started.

The slides from this workshop can be found on the EPS & LES PERCAT Canvas pages.

We are planning to repeat the workshop in March 2019, please look out for further information.  People and Organisational Development (POD) also offer a very useful one day course on Grant Writing which is delivered by external experts and covers the do’s and don’ts of how to write effective research proposals, writing style and how to write clearly and accurately. 

July 2018

Early Career Research Networking Event

Thursday 12th July 2018, 3-5pm, Marquee, Chancellor’s Court, (Between R1 and R6 on Campus Map).

A special opportunity for postdoctoral and early career research staff from across all the Colleges of the University to network and socialise over food and drinks in the striking surroundings of the University’s historic Chancellor’s Court.  We invite you to join us to enjoy a summer afternoon meeting counterparts from different disciplines in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

Food and drinks provided.

Open to all postdocs and ECRs across the University.  For numbers, please email Jennifer Thomson to register your interest.

 

PERCAT Careers Seminar: Contracts and Promotions

Thursday 19th July, 11.30am, Murray Learning Centre UG09, (R28 on Campus Map).

Lunch provided.

The short-term contracts which are a key feature of the early stages of a research career mean that it is important that postdocs and early career research staff have an awareness of the issues around contracts and promotions which will affect them.  Representatives from HR and senior academic staff from within the Colleges of EPS and LES will be joining us to provide an introduction for postdocs and early career researchers to contracts and promotions, from what to be aware of at the outset of a contract to what happens at the end of employment.  This will be followed by a Q&A session.

Registration is now closed.

June 2018

Postdoctoral Researcher Conference (EPS & LES)

Wednesday 20th June 2018, 9.30am-4.30pm, Nicolson Building, (G11 on Campus Map).

The PERCAT Postdoctoral Researcher Conference (EPS & LES) took place on Wednesday 20th June 2018.  The conference provided postdoctoral and early career research staff in the Colleges of EPS and LES with the opportunity to share their work through oral presentations and posters and to access talks and support on career development and the postdoc journey.  A review of the conference can be accessed here.  

The conference brochure, contains details of the programme, speakers and abstracts for talks and posters.

May 2018

PERCAT Careers Seminar: Careers outside Academia

Tuesday 1st May 2018, 2-4.30pm, Metallurgy & Materials Building, Room GC13 (G6 on Campus Map C block, ground floor)

Open to all postdocs and early career researchers in the Colleges of EPS and LES, this seminar provided guest panel talks and a Q&A session giving attendees the opportunity to:

  • Find out about some of the career options open to postdocs.
  • Learn about how the skills and experience gained during a postdoc positon can help you move into a career beyond academia.
  • Make useful contacts for the future

The guest panel:

  • Trevor Sidery, PhD Mathematics and former postdoc in the School of Physics & Astronomy, now Senior Data Scientist at Tesco PLC.
  • Jennifer Morris-Cottell, PhD Microbiology and former postdoc in the University of Guelph, Canada, now Clinical Scientist at Micropathology Ltd.
  • Sandra Starke, PhD Biomechanics and Visual Perception, former postdoc in the School of EESE, now Chief Scientific Officer at GiveVision.
  • Phil Blaen, PhD Hydrology, former postdoc in the School of GEES, now Project Manager at Yorkshire Water.  To view Dr Phil Blaen's slide presentation from this event please click here.
  • Ole Kock, PhD Physics, former postdoc in Physics and Astronomy, now Technical Authority for Quantom Sensors at Teledyne E2V.  To view Dr Ole Kock's slide presentation from this event please click here.

 

April 2018

PERCAT Careers Seminar: The REF – What does it mean for Postdocs?

Thursday 19th April 2018, 11.30am-1.30pm, Mechanical Engineering Building G36 (Y3 on Campus Map)
Lunch provided.

An opportunity for postdocs and early career researchers in the Colleges of EPS and LES to learn more about the REF, the rules governing it, the forthcoming changes to it and what the REF means for postdocs.

Ronni Littlewood, Research Planning Partner for LES, and Gavin McNee, Research Planning Partner for EPS, will be speaking to us on the REF and its implications for postdocs, followed by a Q&A session and lunch, with opportunities to talk informally to Ronni and Gavin over lunch, or to book a 1:1 session with either of them.

Registration now closed.

March 2018

PERCAT Workshop: CV Writing and Interview Skills

Thursday 1st March 2018, 9.30am-4.30pm, Nicolson Building, (G11 on Campus Map).

A joint workshop with MDS PERCAT, delivered by Paul Compton, People and Organisational Development Facilitator.

 The focus on this one day workshop is on practice, discussion and personal reflection, including:

  • Developing the structure and format of a CV
  • Identifying your key achievements
  • Communicating key skills and attributes
  • Using the job description and person specification to prepare for the interview
  • Creating specific responses to behavioural questions
  • Understanding the impact of verbal and non-verbal communication.

You will be able to apply your learning to better develop your CV so that it highlights your key skills, attributes and achievements.  You will also be able to identify the ways in which you can prepare for interview by considering your body language, motivation and response to questions.  There will be Hands on practical help to ensure you project yourself at your best both in writing and in person in a recruitment situation.  This course also involves group role-play, allowing you a great opportunity to practice and hone your interview skills.

Lunch and refreshments provided.

Places are limited, for catering purposes please register before 15th February 2018.  Registration details.

February 2018

PERCAT Workshop: Fellowship and Grant Writing

 Thursday 15th February 2018, 12-4pm, Metallurgy & Materials, Room 2C28 (G6 on Campus Map)

 Due to the high level of demand for this workshop we have now added an additional date.

 This workshop is aimed at giving a very broad overview of the UK research funding landscape, including an introduction to key funding bodies, the types of grants available and the intellectual and administrative stages involved in preparing a grant application. It will be of interest to postdoctoral and early career researchers who have not yet prepared an application for independent funding.

 Lunch and refreshments provided.

To register for this workshop email: Jennifer Thomson.  Deadline for registration is the 5th February 2018.  Places are limited so registration is essential.

 

PERCAT Workshop – How to Shine in Fellowship and Grant Interviews

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 9.30am-4.30pm, GEES Room 125, (R26 on Campus Map).

This highly practical course will help you develop a clear, authoritative and authentic interview style that allows the strength of your ideas to shine through. By the end of this session you’ll be better able to:

  • Present yourself, your work and your ideas in a compelling way
  • Maintain your composure
  • Engage the panel and win their trust
  • Handle interview questions

Lunch and refreshments provided. 

Who can apply

The workshop is for postdoctoral and early career researchers who will benefit from the training and who:

  • Have been shortlisted for interview by a funding body
  • Have submitted a grant application that has an interview as part of the selection process

or

  • Intend to submit an application in the next twelve months

To apply for the workshop email Jennifer Thomsonwith details of the funding scheme, proposed submission deadline and how far you have progressed with your application. Applications will be prioritized.  Deadline for applications is Monday 12th February 2018.  

January 2018

PERCAT Workshop: Fellowship and Grant Writing

Tuesday 30th January 2018, 12-4pm  – Chemical Engineering G03 (Y11 on Campus Map)

 This workshop is aimed at giving a very broad overview of the UK research funding landscape, including an introduction to key funding bodies, the types of grants available and the intellectual and administrative stages involved in preparing a grant application. It will be of interest to postdoctoral and early career researchers who have not yet prepared an application for independent funding.

 Lunch and refreshments provided.

To register for this workshop email: Jennifer Thomson.

Deadline for registration is the 16th January 2018.

Places are limited so registration is essential.

December 2017

Pies and Post-Docs

Monday 18 December 2017, 2-4pm 
Venue – Biosciences Undercroft (R27 on campus map)

A talk on the Concordat on Early Career Researchers from Vince O’Grady of POD, with mince pies and drinks.

Meet your PERCAT Post-Doc Reps and College Research Support Teams and find out more about PERCAT

Open to all Post-Docs and Early Career Researchers within LES and EPS.  To register for this event email: Jennifer Thomson.

 

Events 2016-2017

Research Grants: Where Do I Start

LES & EPS PERCAT Workshop - Research Grants: Where do I Start?

Thursday 22 September 2016, 9.30am to 1.30pm 
Venue - GEES, Room 125

This workshop is aimed at giving a very broad overview of research funding. The session will include:

  • General introduction to the funding landscape
  • Details about specific funding schemes (including early career Fellowships)
  • Discussions on what makes a good funding application
  • Application processes and timeframes

To register for this workshop emailJelena Majerhofer
Deadline for registration is 9 September 2016
Places are limited so registration is essential

 

 

How to Shine in Fellowship & Grant Interviews

PERCAT LES & EPS Fellowship & Grant Interview Coaching Workshop

Wednesday 21 September 2016
Venue - GEES, Room 125

The way candidates conduct themselves, present ideas and respond to questions has a powerful influence on the way they are perceived. Interview assessment panels are often looking for leadership potential as well as academic distinction.

The communication skills that the strongest interviewees display can be acquired through specialist coaching. This highly practical workshop will help you develop a clear, authoritative and authentic interview style that allows your ideas to shine through.

The aim of the workshop is to -

  • Present yourself, your work and your ideas in a compelling way
  • Maintain your composure
  • Engage the panel and win their trust
  • Handle interview questions

Who can apply?

The workshop is for postdoctoral and early career researchers who will benefit from the training and who:

  • Have been shortlisted for interview by a funding body
  • Have submitted a grant application that has an interview as part of the selection process

or

  • Intend to submit an application in the next twelve months

To apply for the workshop email Jelena Majerhofer with details of the funding scheme, proposed submission deadline and how far you have progressed with your application. Applications will be prioritized.

Deadline for applications is Monday 29 August 2016

Information about external events is available on the LES PERCAT intranet portal – staff login required.