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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 – December 2013

The Christmas countdown has begun for a number of us. This doesn’t mean it’s time to relax, there’s still plenty of events around the UK that you can get your learn on.

Date Location Event Time Details
4th December Southampton User Group Evening With Dave Ballantyne
Register here
4th December Leeds User Group Evening With Martin Bell and Chris Adkins
Register here
5th December Manchester User Group Evening With Chris Testa-O’Neill
Register here
5th December London User Group Evening With David Peter Hansen
Register here
10th December Maidenhead User Group Evening With Robin Sasson and Mark Pryce-Maher
Register here
10th December Newcastle User Group Evening With alcohol
Register here
12th December Exeter (SQL South West) User Group Evening With Richard Douglas
Register here
12th December London User Group Evening With Tony Rogerson
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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