Archive for March, 2015

Unleash your ingenuity: BiotechYES and EnvironmentYES

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Are you an early career researcher? Do you want to diversify your life experience and professionally develop your range of attributes? If so, say yes to taking part in YES!

YES is an innovative competition which aims to raise awareness of the commercialisation of scientific ideas among the research community. YES has been running for 20 years this year and has a track record of inspiring postgraduates to take their careers somewhere they may not have previously imagined.

How does YES work?

A team of 4 or 5 members work together to devise a business plan for a company based on hypothetical science. Places are provided FREE of charge to most researchers.

The process

  • Form a team and apply by Friday 29 May
  • Part of the team attend a briefing session on Monday 3 August in Nottingham
  • Decide upon an innovative idea that could work as a business and think about which areas of the business each team member be responsible for and undertake some market research
  • All team members attend a three day residential workshop encompassing presentations and mentoring sessions from leading figures in industry. Workshops held in October and November
  • Teams with the best business plan are selected to go forward to the final on Thursday 10 December in London

Benefits of taking part

You will:

  • develop enterprise skills
  • cultivate business acumen
  • create new knowledge
  • think creatively to produce innovative solutions to major challenges
  • collaborate with peers and industry experts using a range of networking skills
  • discover how to communicate research with impact to diverse audiences
  • gain project management skills in the context of business planning
  • learn about ethical, legal and health and safety aspects
  • understand how funding is sourced and managed
  • win £2,500 and an opportunity to go to the Rice Business Plan Competition in Texas

Find out more and APPLY by visiting:


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New opportunities for Healthcare Scientists

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The Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) is currently developing a new funded career development programme, which will offer healthcare scientists in the North West region the opportunity to become further involved in research and innovation focused projects. More than £250,000 will be available through the programme to enable research projects carried out in conjunction with a Higher Education Institute, commercial enterprise or research active service laboratory or department. The programme will be formerly launched later in 2015.

In order to develop the programme to meet the requirements of the North West, MAHSE is looking to build a North West Healthcare Research Directory. The directory will identify active healthcare scientists and research trends in the region, and will help MAHSE to:

  • understand how research and innovation is developed in the Healthcare Scientist setting
  • identify current innovative projects involving Healthcare Scientists
  • identify centres of innovative activity
  • develop relationships with research and innovation champions within the Healthcare Scientist community The output from this project will enable MAHSE to learn from examples of good practice and develop a community of interested and active researchers with which they can engage with through the funded career programme.

We need you!

We are looking for healthcare scientists who are currently involved in innovative research activities outside the remit of their normal day-today role to complete a short survey. The survey, which should take approximately 10 minutes, will help us to identify:

  • where innovative research activities are being undertaken
  • in what disciplines
  • by whom
  • whether commercial or academic partners are involved


Weekly prize draw

Each week one person who has completed the survey will be selected at random to win a £50 Amazon gift voucher. The draw will take place on Friday afternoons whilst the survey is open and winners will be notified using the contact details provided.

Your area of research can fall anywhere on the healthcare research spectrum, from Life Sciences through to Physical and Physiological Sciences. Your data will only be used internally by MAHSE and will not be shared.


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