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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 – May 2013

Things are really ramping up in May and June this year, it’s a great time to be an IT Professional with so much free SQL Server training available!
This month there are 9 events planned including the Europe’ premier SQL Server SQLBits. If you haven’t heard of SQLBits before then go over to their site http://www.SQLBits.com for more details.

Tradition now dictates that I list out all of the UK events for all you busy people who forget to go over to http://www.SQLServerfaq.com to see what SQL Server events are happening in the UK this month.

Check out the events list below to see if there is an event running near you:

Date
Location
Event
Time
Details
2nd – 4th May 2013
Nottingham SQLBits Conference All day
Full – sorry!
You can watch previously recorded sessions at www.sqlbits.com for free!
6th May 2013
Southampton
User Group
Evening
With Christine E. Leo
Register here.
7th May 2013
Leeds
User Group
Evening
With Aaron Bertrand and Andrew Whettam
Register here.
7th May 2013
London
User Group
Evening
With Kevin E. Kline
Register here.
7th May 2013
Norwich
User Group
Evening
With Justin Caldicott and Michael Upton
Register here.
8th May 2013
Manchester
User Group
Evening
With Aaron Bertrand and Chris Adkins
Register here.
9th May 2013
Cambridge
User Group
Evening
Details TBC
Register here.
23rd May 2013
Birmingham
User Group
Evening
With James Rowland-Jones and Richard Douglas
Register here.
30th May 2013
Cardiff
User Group
Evening
With Ryan Simpson and Gavin Campbell
Register here.

Finding a group near you…

Not every group meets every month, if you can’t see a meeting near you in the table above why not look at 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 dietary 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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