Archives for the month of: September, 2015

Last Tuesday I attended the third in a series entitled ‘Tuning in to the value of research staff’, “a celebratory lunchtime event to showcase outputs from two creative workshops organised by researchers, for researchers at TUoS.”

As well as sharing the outputs from the earlier events in the series (Into the Woods / Talk it Out) through a display of artworks and photographs, this event aimed to ‘promote the value of fixed term staff and celebrate their contribution to TUoS’. It was also billed as ‘an opportunity to meet other research staff, to share experiences and consider ways of creating a connected community of researchers at TUoS’. Read the rest of this entry »

I though you might be interested reading one of our researcher’s posts on parental leave on his Science on Toast blog.

Original post by Dr. Michael P. WeirDepartment of Physics and AstronomyThe University of Sheffield

You’ve just finished your conference presentation and breathe a sigh of relief.

resized_creepy-willy-wonka-meme-generator-no-please-i-would-much-rather-stand-here-answering-questions-than-be-at-home-ddadf5 Well done, you made it through to the end without anything going wrong.
Then you realise the worst of it isn’t over.
You say those fateful two words “any questions?”
You can’t breathe and time seems to stand still, as you wait for people so start asking the most awkward questions ever, with the joint aim of showing off how good they are and making you feel stupid. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s my turn to blog this week and I have a complete lack of inspiration. I selflessly stepped in and took an extra turn in the blogging schedule a couple of weeks ago and now I have nothing to write about. I’m completely stuck for inspiration and even my lovely colleagues are failing in their attempts to assist!

lightbulbIn a cunning way of circumventing the lack of a current “hot topic”, I thought I’d write about the blog itself. The Think Ahead blog has been active for around a year now and at the beginning the Think Ahead Team made a pact to be the ‘core bloggers’, each taking a turn on a Monday (or, if you’re tardy like me, a Tuesday – sorry!). The aspiration was to enable the blog to belong to researchers and colleagues at the University of Sheffield and beyond. So far there have been 75 posts and 6376 individual visitors! Best of all, we’ve had 26 guest bloggers sharing some amazing guest posts, covering a whole range of topics including perfection, influencing policy, being an effective researcher and complex cauliflowers. Read the rest of this entry »

Teaching is a popular career route for all graduates including those with a PhD and one where researchers often seek careers support in terms of how to make sense of the various routes to qualifying as a teacher. Early applications are advised so the timing of this blog is intended to get you going immediately – now is the time to take action. 

I confess that as a so-called ‘experienced’ careers adviser working with researchers, a request from one of our PhDs or research staff that asks me to outline how to get into the profession sends me running for cover!

Help is at hand and I do find the Target Postgrad pages on teaching an excellent starting point for commencing your research… and research is what you need to do! Now assuming you are able to meet the academic and professional standards required to teach in a state school, make sure you consider all the entry options that could be open to you: Read the rest of this entry »