Demystifying and navigating early career academia

5 March 2019, Manchester

Building on the success of the last two years' events, the PSA's Early Career Network (ECN) is delighted to announce its third annual Demystifying event, which will take place on Tuesday the 5th of March 2019 at the University of Manchester.


Early on, future career paths and internal processes in academia can often be opaque and confusing. As such, Demystifying will open the lid on topics ranging from the academic interview process to deciphering REF. Central to all sessions will be an attention to issues of equality and diversity and how to make academia more inclusive.

Funds will be available to cover travel for Early Career Academics and PhDs who are PSA members. Please email ecn@psa.ac.uk to request a form.


The provisional schedule for the event is as follows:

9.30am-9.45am - Welcome and Registration

9.45am-10.00am - Welcome Remarks, Alex Bulat, UCL, and Sumedh Rao, University of Birmingham

10.00am-11.00am - Impact Workshop

11.00am-12.15pm - Diversity in Early Academia Panel

  • Speakers include Professor Heather Savigny (De Montfort University), Lin Ma (University of Bristol)

12.15pm-12.30pm - Break

12.30pm-13.30pm - REF and TEF Workshop: Demystifying the Process

  • Led by Professor Jonathan Tonge (University of Livepool) and Professor John Craig (Leeds Beckett University)

1.30pm-2.30pm - Lunch sponsored by PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group

2.30pm-3.30pm - CVs and Interviews in Academia Workshop

  • Led by Dr Nicole Martin (University of Manchester)

3.30pm-4.30pm - Keynote: Neema Begum (University of Manchester) speaking on decolonising political science

4.30pm - Close and informal drinks


More details of the event will be available soon.

University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester