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Tagged With: training

Plant Health Studentships: opportunities for undergrads and providers

Dr Celia Knight FRSB, plant science education and employability consultant, shares her thoughts on undergraduate opportunities. What does a summer studentship mean to an undergraduate? When considering whether to undertake a summer research studentship, placement, internship or work experience, undergraduates might wonder: Does applying for a research studentship mean you have to know you want … Continue reading »

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Targeting Unconscious Bias

By Josephine Hellberg, MRC policy intern at the Royal Society of Biology Every time we meet someone, our brains are busy categorising our impressions. However, many of these categorisations make use of cognitive shortcuts that rely on cultural expectations and past experiences and are therefore vulnerable to prejudice and stereotyping. As a result, we might … Continue reading »

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A simple guide to project management

By Dr Cliff Collis FRSB, former professional registers and training manager at the Royal Society of Biology, and a specialist in communication for scientists. Dr Collis is running an Introduction to Project Management Workshop at the RSB on Monday 19th September. Project management is very different from staff management. Project management needs an eye for … Continue reading »

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Is bias holding you back?

By Rosalie Ward, trainer for Skill Boosters & Inclusive Learning Ltd. Rosalie, who has produced HR guidance for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, will be leading a course on Unconscious Bias at the RSB on 13 September. No matter how open-minded we might like to think we are, we’re all victims of our unconscious … Continue reading »

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Teaching: first resort or last resort?

By Ben Connor, Policy Officer, British Ecological Society Does the UK Government have a joined up strategy for teacher recruitment and training? According to Chris Waterman, speaking at the recent Education Policy Lunchbox, the simple answer is ‘no’. Waterman, the former Executive Director of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS), whose educational experience … Continue reading »

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Choosing between ‘life’ or research – survey data shows the outlook is good for returners

By Dr Indrayani Ghangrekar, fellowship advisor at the Daphne Jackson Trust Currently, academic researchers in science, technology, engineering, and maths (the STEM subjects) face a life of fierce competition for grants from a limited budget resulting in anxiety about career progression. This happens despite the recognition that investing in STEM research is beneficial for the … Continue reading »

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Hooke, my hero. Micrographia, my Bible.

By Cath Hodsman, entomological artist. The Royal Society of Biology is running an insect life-cycles microscopy art course in partnership with Cath Hodsman on 23rd October 2015. This year celebrates a landmark anniversary that has helped define me as both a person and a professional. It is 350 years since the scientist Robert Hooke published … Continue reading »

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Three Steps to CV Success

By The Careers Group. The Royal Society of Biology is running a CV and Interview Skills Workshop in partnership with The Careers Group, University of London, on 3rd December 2015. Most people find it a challenge to write a good CV. The temptation to just update an existing version is strong, so your 2015 CV is … Continue reading »

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Science technicians: an invisible workforce?

By Ian Selmes RSci MRSB I have been a technician for 44 years. Thirty seven of these have been spent working in microbiology laboratories in four departments in three universities: London, Oxford, and now Newcastle. Science is a dynamic process. Technicians need to update their skills if they are not to erode and eventually become … Continue reading »

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