Demystifying and Navigating Early Career Academia

The PSA’s Early Career Network will host “Demystifying and Navigating Early Career Academia” in Bristol on 2 March.

The event will lift the lid on the academic interview process and help demystify The Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, and the Research Excellence Framework.

Central to all sessions will be issues of equality and diversity in academia and how to make the sector more inclusive.

The Keynote Speaker will be Aisha Richards, Founder and Director of Shades of Noir.

The register, please follow the link to the Eventbrite page.


The schedule for the day is:

09:30-09:45: Welcome and Registration

09:45-10:00: Welcome Remarks, Jessica Smith, Birkbeck College, University of London and Neema Begum, University of Bristol

10:00-11:00: Impact Workshop: Dr Therese O’Toole, University of Bristol

11:00-12:00: Participants have a choice of two workshops

Workshop 1: The REF and TEF: Demystifying the Process, Professor Jonathan Tonge, University of Liverpool and Professor John Craig, Leeds Beckett University

Workshop 2: CVs and Interviews in Academia: Lifting the Lid, Dr Sophie Whiting, University of Bath

12:00 – 12:15: Refreshment Break

12:15-13:30: Diversity in Early Academia Panel sponsored by BSA Race Study Group:

Chair: Rima Saini, City, University of London 


Professor Heather Savigny, De Montfort University

Shardia Briscoe-Palmer, University of Birmingham

Dr Sadiya Akram, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Zoe Pflaeger Young, De Montfort University

13:30-14:30: Lunch sponsored by PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group

14:30 - 16:00: Speakers and Q&A Session

Guest Speaker: TBC

Keynote Speaker: Aisha Richards, Director, Shades of Noir

Q&A Session:

Guest Speaker (TBC)

Aisha Richards, Director, Shades of Noir

James Weinberg, University of Sheffield, Chair of PSA Early Career Network


The ECN would like to thank PSA Women and Politics Group, the BSA Race & Ethnicity Study Group and the University of Bristol Gender Research Centre for their support with this event.