ECN Bridging the Gap: Careers Inside and Outside Higher Education

6 Dec 2018, Birmingham

Are you interested in an academic career, but don't know much about what comes after your PhD or Post-Doc? Do you want to use your skills outside of academia, but aren't sure what opportunities are out there? 

The PSA’s Early Career Network is holding a full day workshop on pursuing careers inside and outside higher education. "Bridging the Gap", hosted at the University of Birmingham, will take place on Thursday 6 December 2018, and is designed for both current PhD students and those in postdoctoral positions or other early career research roles.

The event will also include a networking lunch at which attendees will be able to talk to speakers more informally, as well as a social event following the workshop.


The schedule is as follows:


9.30am-10.00am - Registration

10.00am-11.15am - From PhD to Tenure: How to piece together work until you find a secure position.

  • With Dr Charlotte Galpin, Dr Niheer Dasandi, Dr Megan Daigle, and Dr. Kate Mattocks.


11.15am-11.30am - Tea/Coffee.

11.30am-12.45pm - Leaving Higher Education: Career paths outside the higher education sector, and how to get into them.

  • Including Dr James Perkins (British Library), Dr Sarah Wallin (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy), and Dr Caroline Kenny (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology).


12.45pm-1.30pm - Lunch and Networking

1.30pm-2.45pm - Academic Recruitment: What academic recruitment panels are looking for and how to demonstrate it.

  • With senior academics with experience of sitting on recruitment panels.


2.45pm-3pm - Interval.

3.00pm-4.30pm - Returning to Higher Education: How to come back to the higher education sector after a period away.

  • With keynote speaker Prof David Howarth (former MP for Cambridge), talking on the contrast between working in politics and academia.


4.30pm: Close/Informal Drinks at a Venue to Be Confirmed.


Travel grants will be available for the event and you can apply for them by contacting

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