Course Detail

RS406 - Planning for an academic career (For PhDs and Postdocs)

Being a successful and effective academic researcher involves more than producing outstanding research and publishing well. Early career academics often let their values dictate the career paths they follow. Moreover, a good understanding of how various elements within a university's research infrastructure work, as well as that of the larger UK HE sector like the Research Excellence Framework (REF), the RCUK Impact agenda and UK Research Council decision panels, are all essential as well. We will discuss how growing your networks and engaging key stakeholders in your research will also be important elements in developing your academic career.
This course is intended for postdoctoral and early career researchers who want to continue towards an academic research post. Academic career progression strategies, CV-writing tips will also be discussed.
Tutor: Dr Rui Pires Martins & Andrea Cox
If you’d like to book a 30 minute, confidential 1-to-1 careers appointment with one of our dedicated Careers Consultants for Researchers then just call 020 7882 8533 and ask for a researcher appointment. You can book up to 2 weeks in advance.


By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Have a better understanding of academic career progression paths and how university departments evaluate promotion eligibility.
  • Drafting an academic career plan (Your Plan A)
  • Learning career resilience and how to cope if things don't go to plan.
  • Recognising opportunities and formulating alternative career plans (Plans B through Z)

Provided by: QMUL


Date: Thursday 13 December 2018

Venue: Scape 0.15, ME, Scape, Mile End

Time: 14:00 - 17:00


  • Dr R Martins
  • Ms A Cox