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Course Detail

RS496 (i) - Planning for an academic career (For PhDs and Postdocs) - 01

Being a successful and effective academic researcher involves more than producing outstanding research and publishing well. In this two part workshop series we will explore what else you need to be thinking about now to give yourself a good start.

Part (i) is a 90 minute webinar which will cover essential information about the UK Higher Education sector such as:
• Research Excellence Framework (REF), Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF)
• The academic funding landscape including UKRI
• Types of university in the UK
• The academic career path in QMUL and beyond
• Developing a good track record as a researcher
• Career case studies of academics

The video can be watched live or accessed on catch-up via a link which will be circulated closer to the time.
Part (ii) is a face-to-face workshop where we will build on the knowledge you have gained from part (i) and your subsequent reflections. The workshop will help you to develop your own personal career progression strategy related to your interests and values. We will also discuss how growing your networks and engaging key stakeholders in your research will also be important elements in developing your academic career as well as give academic CV writing tips.

This course is intended for early career researchers (including PhDs) who want to continue towards an academic research/teaching post.

Tutor: Dr Rui Pires Martins, Andrea Cox & Dr Tracy Bussoli

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: Researcher Development


Date: Tuesday 28 January 2020

Venue: Webinar, Online, Internet

Time: 15:00 - 16:30


  • Dr R Martins