INTERVIEW: Ali Baird – ‘research to goldsmith’

Posted on 23 March 2016 by Andrew Hollins

There can often be a focus on prescribed pathways through scientific careers, however few experiences truly follow a linear trajectory. Here is an example of an evolving work / life path that stopped off within Biosciences for many productive years before hitting upon an interesting new direction… in Ali’s case literally ‘going for gold’… Contributed by Ali
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NEWS: Going live!

Posted on 14 March 2016 by Andrew Hollins

After several weeks in behind the scenes ‘beta’ this blog is now ‘LIVE’. The experience of putting just this first collection of posts together has been something of a revelation, everything from the realisation that we will have to form an editorial team through to the relief that everyone who has been approached to contribute has been
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NEWS: meet the 2016 RSG committee at large

Posted on 11 March 2016 by Andrew Hollins

Spring 2016 team of Research Staff Group representatives With the upcoming committee meeting in mind we thought we should introduce the current team of representatives from around the School drawn from each of the School’s Research Divisions. Periodically the composition of the team changes, so from time to time we will post a list of
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Working in the laboratory

RESOURCE: Launching a job search – web resources

Posted on 9 March 2016 by Andrew Hollins

Whilst it remains true that speaking to colleagues, line managers, friends, and ‘real world’ contacts will most likely lead to the next step in your career, there are a range of online resources that can act as primers for scoping your next career step. There are a number of tools for identifying the current opportunities / open calls
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INTERVIEW: Maddy Young (RSG Co-Chair)

Posted on 2 March 2016 by Andrew Hollins

Contributor – Maddy Young Co-chair Biosciences Research Staff Group (Fixed Term Research Staff representative) Research Associate on a Cancer Research UK funded programme grant Since finishing my PhD at Cardiff in 2013, I was fortunate enough to be able to continue my research into the relationship between intestinal stem cells and colorectal cancer as a
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RESOURCE: Recognition of teaching and supporting learning in Higher Education for early career research staff

Posted on 29 February 2016 by Andrew Hollins

Contributor – Dr Beatrix Fahnert SFHEA What is in it for me?:  Recognition of teaching and supporting learning in Higher Education for early career research staff Academic staff development and employability A broad skills and expertise portfolio allows adapting to the changed and changing nature of academic work, maintaining and advancing an academic career. However,
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MEETING: Cardiff University Research Staff Association Annual General Meeting

Posted on 5 February 2016 by Andrew Hollins

16 March 2016, 12:30-15:30 Rooms 4.7/4.8, Ty Dewi Sant University Hospital of Wales Heath Park Cardiff CF14 4XN Cardiff University Research Staff Association (CURSA) Annual General Meeting All staff are invited. “The annual AGM provides researchers with an opportunity to hear about University developments as well as to voice opinions. Expert speakers this year include Professor Kim
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NEWS: Introduction to the RSG blog

Posted on 18 January 2016 by Andrew Hollins

“Hello, and welcome” to the blog conceived and designed to serve the Research Staff Group (RSG) of the School of Biosciences within the College of Biomedical & Life Sciences, part of Cardiff University. Who are we, and what do we do? – Well, in a nutshell “provide support for all fixed and open term contract
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