Research Bites in August/September: Careers

Apologies for the very late arrival of this month’s Research Bites programme.

This month we’re focusing on Careers. The sessions are generally aimed at PhDs, post-docs and early career researchers, but everyone who is interested is welcome!

Just turn up, tea/coffee and cake, as always!

CV tips for PhDs

Thursday 4th August, 12pm, Bowland North SR1
This session will cover the format of an academic CV, a traditional CV and show examples of both.
Kathryn Morey-Scarfe & David Mashiter, Careers & Employment Advisers, Careers

Finding your first research job

Thursday 11th August, 12pm, Bowland North SR1
This session will identify the key resources to assist you in finding your first researcher position.
Kathryn Morey-Scarfe & Kirsty Thornton, Careers & Employment Adviser and Careers Consultant, Careers

Getting your first lecturing job

Monday 22nd August, 12pm, Bowland North SR1
Gain insight into the steps you could take to increase your chances of securing your first lecturing post., based on the results of a recent survey of 172 academic staff, from 22 UK universities.
Elaine Davies, Careers Consultant, Faculty of Arts and Social Science

Succeeding at interviews

Thursday 25th August 12pm, Bowland North SR1
How to prepare for academic job interviews, hints and tips on how to succeed and common academic interview questions.
Kathryn Morey-Scarfe, Careers & Employment Adviser, Careers

The importance of networking for early career researchers

Thursday 1st September, 12pm, Bowland North SR8
Learn why building your professional network is important as a researcher, and understand what you’re looking to achieve, what you have to offer, and how you can make the most of your network.
Shelley Morgan, Careers & Employment Adviser, Careers

Recordings, where available, will be linked from the Recordings Archive.

Filing a patent and commercialising your research

Many thanks to Gavin Smith, Intellectual Property Development Manager from Research & Enterprise Services, who delivered a clear and informative session about filing patents, and how the University can support researchers wishing to apply for, and license patents based on their research.

Patents are formal (i.e. registered) intangible assets which give the holder a short term monopoly.

Why patent?

  • A validation that research is “novel” and “inventive”
  • A door-opener to external organisations
  • May return impact case studies
  • May return industrial income
  • May return licensing income

The complete slides are available here, courtesy of the presenter: 20160308_ResearchBites_Patents_GJSmith

Lancaster University researchers have been granted many patents. You can browse a selection on the Research & Enterprise webpage.

A granted patent confirms that the research covered is world-leading, industrially applicable, and totally novel and inventive.


If I give a talk (e.g. at a conference or in the department) and reveal an invention, perhaps in the abstract, would this be considered ‘prior art’? Yes it could, so be careful about how much you reveal, and crucially when you reveal it.

Does the Research & Enterprise Office provide template disclosures? Gavin will work with you to compose the disclosure, so please seek advice early on when considering patents.

Do patents just reward novelty? No, patents also need to demonstrate an ‘inventive step’, not just novelty. They also need to be eligible, and capable of industrial application.

Intellectual Property Office

The UK Intellectual Property Office gives comprehensive advice on patents.

Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest, “Otto’s Patent,” accessed 16 Mar 2016,

Intellectual Property and Enterprise – a new theme this Spring

Over March and April, Research Bites will focus on Intellectual Property and Enterprise, covering topics such as:

  • copyright, your own, the University’s and third party
  • patents
  • design rights
  • trademarks
  • spin out companies
  • business / industry partnerships

Join us for an informal 20 minute session. Just turn up, no need to book. Tea/coffee and cake provided.

March – April 2016

Filing and commercialising a patent based on your research

Tuesday 8th March, 12.00, Bowland North SR 4
Using patents to generate impact and revenue from your research.
Gavin Smith, Intellectual Property Officer, Research and Enterprise Services

Trademarks, design rights and copyright

Thursday 17th March, 12.00, Bowland North SR 3
Expert advice on intellectual property rights, other than patents, for your invention or research output.
Gavin Smith, Intellectual Property Officer, Research and Enterprise Services

Starting a spin-out company from your research

Monday 11th April, 12.00, Bowland North SR 19
Expert advice on forming a university company, running a company and obtaining finance.
Gavin Smith, Intellectual Property Officer, Research and Enterprise Services

Using copyright material in your research

Wednesday 13th April, 12.00, Bowland North SR 19
What to do about third party copyright in your thesis or research output, and how to navigate the grey area of ‘fair dealing’.
Lorna Pimperton, Academic Liaison Librarian & Copyright Officer, Library

Licensing your work with Creative Commons

Tuesday 19th April, 12.00, Bowland North SR 3
Creative Commons licences and how they communicate what others can do with your work.
Lorna Pimperton, Academic Liaison Librarian & Copyright Officer, Library

How do I engage with business, and get industry partnerships?

Wednesday 27th April, 12.00, Bowland North SR 4
A look at how to gain more meaningful and productive relationships with external partners and how be proactive in forming successful collaborative research partnerships.
Nick King/Colin McLaughlin, Business Partnerships Team, Faculty of Science and Technology

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February’s Research Bites: Open Research at Lancaster

First of all, apologies for the slightly delayed release of February’s programme! Hope you can make it to some or all of these practical sessions on making Open Research happen at Lancaster University.

As always, anyone who is involved in conducting or supporting research at Lancaster University is welcome. Just turn up, no need to book.

We try to record all sessions using Panopto, and make the recordings available in the recordings archive.

Tea and coffee and a piece of cake is provided!

What you need to know about Open Access
Tuesday 2nd February, 12.00, Bowland North SR 15
Learn why Open Access is important, and how the Library can help you through it.
Louise Tripp, Open Access Manager, Library

Where can I publish my open research data?
Thursday 4th February, 12.00, Bowland North SR 4
Look at the key considerations about which services you can trust with your research data. We will also demo two major cross-subject data repositories: Figshare and Zenodo.
Hardy Schwamm, Research Data & Repository Manager, Library

What is Pure, and why should I use it?
Tuesday 9th February, 12.00, Bowland North SR 3
Get an overview of Pure, the University’s research information system.
Claire Tinker-Mill, Research System Administrator, Research & Contracts Support Office.

Updating your Pure Profile and other content
Friday 19th February, 12.00, Bowland North SR 15
A short demo about how to manage your profile on the University’s research information system.
Claire Tinker-Mill, Research System Administrator, Research & Contracts Support Office.

Adding Open Access Publications to Pure
Monday 22nd February, 12.0, Bowland North SR 5
Improve access to your research by learning how to add your open access research outputs to Pure, the University’s research information system.
Claire Tinker-Mill, Research System Administrator, Research & Contracts Support Office.

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Research Bites after the flood…

If you are wondering whether the Research Bites is running for the rest of term, the answer is YES!

Today at 12 noon: Completing EU timesheets, Alan Smith, Bowland North SR1.

Unfortunately ‘Managing EU Projects’ was cancelled earlier in the week due to the effects of the storm. Subsequent sessions are planned to run as normal, all being well.

Introducing Scopus

Thanks to those who attended the Research Bites session Introducing Scopus’ last week. Unfortunately the session was not recorded on this occasion. The following features were demonstrated following the introductory slides.

Introductory slides20151124 Research Bites-Introducing Scopus

  • Document search
  • Author search
  • Affiliation search
  • Brief look of citation analysis tools and metrics such as citation counts, publishing trends and h-index

Scopus provide useful help and tutorials, details of coverage and short videos, such as this one.


Do documents published while at previous institutions appear in an author’s publication list? Yes. All items in Scopus linked to an author will appear in their document list, regardless of the research organisation they were affiliated to at the time. However they will only appear in the document list of the affiliated research organisation, which makes acknowledgement of affiliation more important than ever.

Does the Library support the use of SciVal, Elsevier’s research intelligence tool? No, not currently.

Research funding and finance in December

Research Professional for finding funding opportunities
Wednesday 2nd December, 12.00, Bowland North SR1
An overview of Research Professional and how to use the database to find funding opportunities.
Andrew Wilkinson, Research Support Officer, Research Services.

Managing EU Projects in Horizon 2020
Tuesday 8th December, 12.00, Bowland North SR19
Insights on how to manage EU budgets, including Horizon 2020 projects.
Mary English, Project Manager, Engineering.

Completing EU Timesheets
Thursday 10th December, 12.00 Bowland North SR1
Why are timesheets needed? Are there any specific guidelines I need to follow?
Yes! Learn how to get it right the first time.
Alan Smith, Research Support Assistant, Research Services

Costs to consider in your proposal
Friday 11th December, 12.00 Bowland North SR19
Look at the cost of the resources required to carry out your research project in line with research funder guidelines, and to what extent these costs are covered by research funders.
Claire O’Donnell, Research Support Officer, Research Services.

How to write a good Justification of Resources
Tuesday 15th December, 12.00, Bowland North SR19
An explanation of how the Justification of Resources should be written so reviewers can assess whether the resources requested are appropriate for the research posed.
Diane Brackley, Research Support Officer, Research Services.

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