6 - Think Ahead Workshop 3 - Jan 2019 (Cambridge)

  • Wednesday, 30 Jan 2019 - 09:00-17:00 - there will also be a workshop in the evening - details to follow
  • Thursday, 31 Jan 2019    - 09:00-17:00
JJ Thomson Seminar Room, Level 2, The Maxwell Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0HE

Kevin Byron received his Ph.D in Applied Physics from the University of Hull and pursued a career in commercial research in photonics for some twenty five years. During this time he was an honorary visiting lecturer at the University of Glasgow, a member of an EPSRC peer review college and elected to Fellowship of the Institute of Physics. Throughout his time in industry he developed a growing interest in education and the development of creative skills. The award of a NESTA fellowship in 2002 enabled him to pursue these interests and following election as an honorary fellow of the HEA in 2006 he took up a post at the University of Leicester, and then Queen Mary University of London as research skills and enterprise developer. He has published over 80 peer reviewed papers and 60 patents and has authored 2 monographs and co-authored 6 academic book publications. He has presented his work on creativity and innovation at several international conferences in Italy, Canada, the USA, Qatar, South Africa and the UK. More recently he has worked as an independent research skills developer and facilitator working with some fifteen higher education institutions and industries in the UK and Europe.

Dear Spin-NANO ITN researchers

I would like to wish you a Very Happy New Year!

In a couple weeks, we will be meeting for the last time as part of the 3rd Spin-Nano ITN Think Ahead workshop.

I am still finalising the programme, but I wanted to give you an outline so that you know what to expect.

In addition, I also need you to do a bit of work in advance of the Cambridge meeting.

We have called this workshop: "Researchers of the future"

The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Kevin Byron, who is an excellent facilitator.

The workshop will get you to consider notions of creativity/ innovation/ enterprise, but also industry, entrepreneurship and globalisation. 

You will explore opportunities for Knowledge exchange/Entrepreneurship and inter-disciplinarity in your approach to undertaking research.

As part of this workshop, you will take part in a Business Simulation activity. You will work in small teams during the afternoon of the Wednesday 30th January. In order to maximise your ability to undertake this Business Simulation, we will get you to work together during the evening of the Wednesday 30th January.

This will be intense but well worthwhile!

On the Thursday morning, your teams will present a business pitch to a panel.

We will finish this Think Ahead workshop, by getting you to consider your next step in your career through a career afternoon workshop.

During this Career workshop, we will:
  • consider your CV via the use of the Business Model You Canvas in order for you to articulate an effective “value proposition” of what you have to offer as a highly skilled professional
  • experience a mock interview
  • get your CV reviewed by myself and your peers
Preparation needed for the career workshop:
  1. Please send me a copy of your updated CV 
  2. A job advert you have seen previously (for Postdoc or non-research position), which we could use to get you to do a mock interview.
Please send these 2 items to me by Monday 28th January (by 12 noon at the latest- UK time)

I have offered to some of you before some coaching discussions. If you feel you could benefit from a 1:1 discussion with me to address any particular issue/ anything that you may find useful to discuss, please let me know and we can set up a time when to meet on the Tuesday 29th January.

If you have any questions, or if there are specific things/topics which you would want us to incorporate into the workshop, please get in touch as soon as possible.

I look forward to seeing you again.

Best wishes - Sandrine

Dr Sandrine Soubes l Researcher Development Manager l Faculty of Science l The University of Sheffield l New Spring House, 231 Glossop Road, S10 2GW l Tel: 0114- 222-4220 l Twitter: @SandrineSoubes

Blog postshttps://thinkaheadsheffield.wordpress.com/category/Sandrine-Soubes/

Science Think Ahead pageshttps://sites.google.com/sheffield.ac.uk/science-researchers/home

Think Further- your weekly coaching prompt:  https://sites.google.com/sheffield.ac.uk/thinkahead/home

My scholarship on researchershttp://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/18296/