Growing Your Luck

Joint meeting with BCSWomen Scotland

Wednesday 6th June 2018, 6:30 pm.

Speaker: Dr Sara Shinton, Head of Researcher Development at The University of Edinburgh

Venue: Room 4.31, University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh.

Refreshments and networking from 6:00 pm.

Livestream link for people can't attend:


What makes for a good network? Why do some people seem to get all the luck? If the thought of networking makes your toes curl, in this talk will explore what makes an effective network and what you can do to help opportunities reach you. We will look at the barriers some of us experience when networking and those that we put up to avoid it. You’ll hopefully leave with some ideas on developing networking skills that suit you and can be sustained.

About the speaker


Dr Sara Shinton

I'm a researcher developer with a background in research, careers guidance and consultancy. Since January 2017, I’ve been Head of Researcher Development at The University of Edinburgh. Over the last ten years, in partnership with the Institute of Physics, I wrote a series of guides aimed at early career physicists on topics including resilience, funding, collaboration, career balance and researcher career paths.

I'm passionate about the opportunities that STEM careers create and founded the annual Science Festival 'Bang Goes the Borders' in 2011 (principally as a means of my children meeting very cool people). This connects school children in the Scottish Borders with exciting scientists and technologists (although more computer science workshops are needed and I will be prowling for offers.) I’m also on the Management Board of Borders College.

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