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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 August 2013

You might have thought that the UK SQL Server scene would have gone quiet during the summer break, but far from it. We still have a number of great physical and virtual events across the country that you can attend…

Date Location Event Time Details
1st August  2013 Online UK SQL Server User Group
Online event
20:00 With Benjamin Nevarez
Register here
7th August  2013 Southampton User Group Evening With Dave Morrison and Stuart Moore
Register here
13th August  2013 Maidenhead User Group Evening With Alan Eardley
Register here
13th August  2013 Cardiff SQL Lunch Lunch With Argenis Fernandez
Register here
13th August  2013 London SQL Lunch Lunch With Argenis Fernandez
Register here
22nd August  2013 Birmingham User Group Evening With John Martin and Alex Whittles
Register here
27th August  2013 Cardiff SQL Lunch Lunch With Bjorn Jensen
Register here
27th August  2013 London SQL Lunch Lunch With Bjorn Jensen
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 to see if there is one in your area!

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.
Pink markers are SQL Saturday events, go to http://www.sqlsaturday.com/ to see future events.
Green markers are UK User Groups not affiliated with PASS.

 

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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