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Richard Douglas

Richard Douglas is a SQL Server Professional working in the UK where he recently worked as a DBA in women's clothing, not literally he hastens to add! He is certified in SQL Server 2008, runs the Maidenhead SQL Server User Group Pass Chapter and is on the organising committee for SQL Relay. In his spare time plays the trumpet in local symphony orchestras.

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SQL Server Events in the UK – March 2013

Welcome to the first of what I plan to be a regular recurring theme. Right here I will list out all of the UK events for all you busy people who forget to go over to http://www.SQLServerfaq.com to check what SQL Server events are happening in the UK.

It’s an exciting month for SQL Server in the U.K. with 9 different events taking place, including the second ever SQL Saturday to hit our shores! I’m sure Jonathan and Annette Allen and the rest of the team will do a great job.

Date Location Event Time Details
6th March 2013 Southampton User Group Evening With Gavin Campbell and John Martin.
Register here.
8/9th March Exeter SQL Saturday 2 day event A mix of local and international speakers!
For more information and to register click here.
12th March 2013 Cardiff SQLLunch Lunch With Andre Kamman (virtually)
Register here
12th March 2013 Maidenhead User Group Evening With Tobiasz Koprowski and Richard Douglas
Register here.
14th March 2013
Birmingham
User Group
Evening
With Tobiasz Koprowski and James Rowland-Jones
Register here.
14th March 2013
London
User Group
Evening
With Tony Rogerson and Kathy Gibbs
Register here.
20th March 2013
Leeds
User Group
Evening
With James Skipworth and Chris Burns
Register here.
21st March 2013
Manchester
User Group
Evening
With James Skipworth and Chris Testa-O’Neill
Register here.
28th March 2013
Cardiff
User Group
Evening
With Neil Hambly and Richard Douglas

Register here.

 

You may be thinking “sounds great, but I can’t see anything near me”. fear not!

Finding a group near you…

Due to professional and personal commitments not every group meets every month, if you can’t see a meeting near you in the table above why not check out our map!

SQL Server User Groups in the UK and Ireland

Blue markers are PASS affiliated Chapters see http://www.sqlpass.org/PASSChapters/UnitedKingdom.aspx for a full list.

What should I expect from a user group

All the SQL Server User Groups in the UK are totally free to attend. They are paid for by a mix of Microsoft and other sponsors and sometimes, just sometimes out of the pockets of the leaders themselves – so remember to thank them!

 

Typically each event will have two or three presenters speaking on a range of different topics. The speakers can range from first timers presenting some tricks or something new they have just learned to Microsoft Certified Architects so there really is something for everyone at every level.

 

Where possible (budget allowing) we do try to put on some food, so please do speak up if you have any special dietry requirements.

 

But, don’t just take my word for it, earlier this year I interviewed Gina Walters who runs a PASS Chapter in the US. You can read about what they get up to here.

Want to start your own SQL Server User Group?

Believe it or not there’s actually a committee of User Group leaders so we are pretty structured! We can help you to find speakers and how to apply for funding.

 

Assuming that when you read this I haven’t changed my site layout again, you can Contact Me using the Menu at the top of the website, or the page list at the bottom. Once you’ve made contact the rest of the leaders and I will be able to talk you through what else would be involved.

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