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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 September 2013

Sorry things are a little later this month…
Summer (like the MCM program) may be coming to an end, but we still have plenty of great UK SQL Server events including a SQL Saturday this month. I’m especially excited about the SQL Saturday as Buck Woody is coming over to do a pre-con.
Date Location Event Time Details
3rd September 2013 Newcastle User Group Evening With Chris McGowan and Gavin Campbell
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4th September 2013 Southampton User Group Evening With Richard Douglas and Mark Pryce-Maher
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4th September 2013 Leeds User Group Evening With Gavin Campbell
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5th September 2013 Manchester User Group Evening With Gavin Campbell and Andrew Whettam
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26th September 2013 Cambridge User Group Evening With Allan Mitchell
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27th September 2013 Cambridge SQL Saturday – Pre Con All Day Paid for full day conference including speakers such as Jen Stirrup and Buck Woody
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28th September 2013 Cambridge SQL Saturday All Day FREE full day conference with more speakers than you can shake a stick at!
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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