Events

How to get your first academic job

Date: 01.01.70

Part of The Exchange Development Series

Who is this event for?

This event is open to Early Career Researchers from Exchange partner HEIs and TCCE core member universities.

There is also a limited number of non-member tickets available priced £25 each.

What is the purpose of this event?

As increasing numbers of students are undertaking and gaining their PhD’s, traditional career routes within academia are contracting and changing, and finding a “standard” entry level job within the academy is increasingly challenging.  Early career researchers are having to become ever more creative, skilled and resilient in order to secure their first academic post.  Interesting and stimulating entry level jobs do still exist of course, and changing times are opening up new opportunities to work within and engage with the academy, however, a range of non-academic skills are needed to shine within this competitive and fast moving arena.

Whilst not every doctoral candidate or ECR wants a full time academic career, many do, and if you are one of them, this event will explore how can you maximise your chances and give yourself the edge.

What will happen at this event?

This informal session led by Professor Carole-Anne Upton, Dr Patrick Duggan and Dr Peter Mitchell will help identify key challenges in making the transition from doctoral student to early career researcher, examine the key challenges and opportunities in developing your academic career against a background of regulatory, legislative and ideological change and provide practical suggestions in how best to prepare for the challenges ahead and find yourself a great first job.

The evening will end with networking drinks.

Please note: Parts of this event may be recorded, to be made available on-line at a later date, and photographs taken for our promotional use.

Attendees are asked to arrive from 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

More about our speakers

Professor Carole-Anne Upton
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries
Middlesex University London

Professor Upton is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, at Middlesex University London. She joined the University in 2012 as Dean and Professor of Theatre. Prior to joining the University she held the Chair in Drama at the University of Ulster and was previously a lecturer in Drama and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Hull.

Dr Patrick Duggan
Director of the Institute of Performance & Director of Research, GSA
Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies
University of Surrey

Patrick joined the University of Surrey as Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance in February 2015; before that he was Lecturer in Drama at University of Exeter (2012 – 2015) and previously a lecturer in the Division of Performance Studies, University of Northampton. Patrick gained his PhD from the University of Leeds (2009) where he was also a visiting lecturer.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Peter Mitchell
Research Fellow, Geography
University of Sussex

Peter Mitchell is a post-doctoral research fellow at the School of Global Studies at Sussex University. He was Creative Works London Researcher-in-Residence at TCCE in 2014-15, and has produced exhibits and research for the Ragged School Museum in London. His writing and journalism has appeared in Asymptote, The Quietus and the TLS.

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