Academic Career

  • Boost your employability - organise a conference

    A couple of days ago I had the pleasure of attending the ESRC SWDTP Student Conference, 'Beyond Research: Society, Collaboration and Impact'. It was a day of fascinating talks, some enjoyable one-to-one careers conversations, and being thoroughly impressed at how...

  • Tales from teaching

    I have over ten years' experience of teaching and training in an HE setting, and on thinking about it during that time I've come across a wide range of people and situations I wouldn't necessarily have expected. There was the...

  • What does success mean to you?

    Last Thursday I had the privilege of attending Sulis Minerva Day, a day celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The final event in a day of inspirational and fascinating talks from eminent female scientists and engineers...

  • What do research staff do next?

    I've just finished reading Vitae's newly-published report on where postdoctoral research staff go when they leave academia. The report is based on a largely qualitative survey of researchers' career paths and experiences on leaving academic research posts, and includes insights...

  • Returning to academia after a career break

    I've been reading this research report by jobs.ac.uk on views around returning to academia after a career break. A welcome and fascinating report on a much-discussed but under-researched topic. Key findings of the report include: -89% of respondents who had...

  • Beyond the Lab: Developing your Industrial Biotechnology Career

        An interesting blog worth reading from the University of Bath's Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies: Beyond the Lab: Developing your Industrial Biotechnology Career  

  • Research Funding and your career

    If you're planning a longer term academic career, be aware that academic employers will look for evidence of your ability to attract research funding. Depending on your research field it may not be easy for you to be a Principal...