Introducing copyright workshop

copyright_5As one of the main forms of intellectual property, copyright protects a variety of created works, from literary and artistic works to broadcasts and software. Most entrepreneurs will create copyright material in the course of running their business, as well as potentially wishing to use the work of others. Copyright can be a key asset in business, allowing its owners to use, control, sell or licence their work, and this workshop will help you to identify, protect and exploit your creations.

This workshop will explain the basics of copyright, including eligible works, duration of protection, key resources, and an introduction to protecting and managing your copyright as well as using the work of others. Attendees will have the chance to work through real life examples, with an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

You can also read our pdf guide:

What is copyright? (pdf)

Who should attend? Entrepreneurs, inventors, innovators, pre-start businesses, particularly those involved in producing or using text, art, music, film or broadcasts.

2-4pm, Wednesday 24th June at the British Library Business & IP Centre

Click here to book for this event.

What is the role of universities in creating skills for the digital economy?

mind-the-gapMind the digital skills gap

Why are so many talented young graduates working in coffee shops or unable to find a job?

And with so many world class universities why are fast growing companies struggling to recruit graduates with the right technical skills in the UK?

As computation touches ever more areas of our lives, the size and scope of the digital economy also grows. Digital skills are essential in seizing opportunities in our increasingly digital world. This is central to the UK’s long term competitiveness and prosperity.

The UK has some of the best universities in the world. London in particular has more world class universities than any other city in the world. However, tech ecosystems are still young in the UK compared to the US.

What role should universities play in creating skills for the digital economy?

Speakers Include:

Open: Carol O’Connor
Knowledge Exchange Manager, LSE Entrepreneurship

Key note speech: Birgitte Andersen
CEO, Big Innovation Centre

Panel discussion

Chair: Will Hutton
Chairman, Big Innovation Centre,
Principal of Hertford College, University of Oxford

Mat Braddy
Founder, Just Eat*

Sherry Coutu
Author, Scale Up Report
Founder of Silicon Valley Comes 2 UK and business angel

Dr. Linda Hickman
Visiting Senior Fellow, Dept. of Management, LSE

Lord Chris Holmes
Member of Lords Select Committee for Digital Skills
Co-author, ‘Make or Break: The UK’s Digital Future, Lords Select Committee for Digital Skills

Close: Ibrahim Michael Maiga
Director, Birkbeck Enterprise Hub
Visiting Fellow, Centre for Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck

When: Wednesday 24th June 6-8pm

Where: Room B01, Clore Management Centre Birkbeck, University of London

Click here to register for this event.

Introduction to the field of Digital Humanities

This lecture will introduce attendees to the field of Digital Humanities (DH). Beginning with some background on the field’s intellectual history, interdisciplinary character and major debates, we’ll then move on to an investigation of a few digital projects and tools in the areas of history and literary studies.

We will consider what it means to work with data when you are trained in a humanities discipline: where one’s data comes from, how to manage it, how to analyse and manipulate it. We’ll identify resources for keeping up with the field in relation to both research and teaching – Twitter feeds, web resources, discussion forums and recent scholarly collections – and end with a consideration of the kind of technical skills participants might find it useful to begin developing if they are interested in pursuing work of this kind for themselves.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop in order to explore some of the interactive tools and projects as we go along.

Presented by Dr Anouk Lang, the University of Edinburgh

When: July 23rd 2015, 5-6:30 pm

Where: QMUL David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus

Click here for more information and to register.

Heated discussion at the Doctoral College Question Time Debate

The Future of Higher Education Question Time. QM Gradfest 2015
The Future of Higher Education Question Time.
QM Gradfest 2015

As part of QMUL’s inaugural Grad Fest, the Doctoral College hosted a Question Time style debate as the finale to the week’s exciting programme of events on Friday 12th June. The audience were invited to submit questions in advance on the theme of the future of Higher Education for the panelists to tackle.

The stellar line-up of high-profile panelists included Professor Simon Gaskell (Principal of QMUL), Professor Averil MacDonald (Chair of WISE Campaign), Holly Else (Times Higher Education journalist) and Sam Miles (QMUL PGR Rep). The session was chaired by the Director of the Doctoral College, Professor Jon May.

The debate was a heated and lively affair with discussion ranging on such topics as the purpose of universities, tuition fees, the casualisation of teaching labour, what PhD theses in the future are going to look like and much more.

Many attendees continued discussing the issues raised at the wine reception that followed.

The Doctoral College would like to thank the panelists for their great contributions on these pressing matters and also thank the audience for submitting such excellent questions.

The Future of Higher Education Question Time. QM Gradfest 2015

The Future of Higher Education Question Time. QM Gradfest 2015

The Future of Higher Education Question Time. QM Gradfest 2015

TCCE Call for Ideas: The Academic Book of the Future

TCCE logo-smallSee the below call for ideas from TCCE that is open to all PhDs and ECRs at QMUL.

The Culture Capital Exchange (TCCE) is delighted to be working in collaboration with “The Academic Book of the Future” project.  You can find further information about this exciting initiative here:

As part of the Inside Out Festival 2015 (week of 19thOctober 2015) we would like to feature an event or small series of events tying in with the theme of “Research in Odd Shapes”.  We are looking for public facing, interactive events, workshops, walks and talks etc. that will reveal the unexpected aspects, outcomes and impacts of research that doesn’t fit the “typical” understanding of what research looks like, i.e. the monograph.

We are open to a creative event formats, and welcome novel approaches and big ideas, however all proposals must be targeted at a general rather than academic audience.  We are more likely to be able to support ideas that are time limited and quite self-contained.  It is unlikely we will be able to support exhibitions that last several days.  There will be a modest event budget available, and TCCE will assist with event production, press, PR and marketing.

Please send your initial outline ideas to by 12th June.  If you would like an informal conversation prior to submitting your outline, please contact Suzie Leighton

Grad Fest’s ‘Fusion: Multidisciplinary Conference’ – Fri 12th June

QMUL’s inaugural Grad Fest has released the timetable for the Fusion Multidisciplinary Conference. See the schedule below and sign up to attend here.

With speakers from across the three faculties, the half-day event is an exciting showcase of the doctoral research being conducted at QMUL.

The conference comes with a twist – instead of long, boring presentations, the speakers are presenting in the Pecha Kucha format so they’ll be fun and past-paced. Each speaker is only allowed 20 slides for 20 seconds and each image advances automatically so the speaker has to keep up!

Support your fellow researchers and come along! Register here.

Friday 12th June in Francis Bancroft 1.15 (Mile End Campus)

GradFest Conference timetable

Support fellow QM researchers in competition to fund project in bioimaging sector

Level Up! Technologies is a project initiated by 2 PhD students and a postdoc from QMUL and is now submitted to Virgin Pitch to Rich 2015 competition.

The main aim of the project is to provide an alternative to the expensive and toxic fluorescent dyes used in fluorescent bioimaging sector. As the next goal we plan to enhance properties of our product to expand our market to fluorescent inks, photovoltaics, and LCD displays.

The first round of the competition is based purely on public voting and to get to the next round we need to collect more than 550 votes.

To read more about the project please visit

We’d be extremely grateful for the support of fellow QM people voting for us. We hope to see you all on the next level!

Guest post by Michal Adam Lipka (SEMS)