Category Archives: Researcher careers

Disambiguating Yourself : Online Identity Management for Researchers – A Quick User Guide

An excellent article written by a previous colleague of mine from the University of Strathclyde.

Whilst this refers to PURE as the CRIS (Current Research Information System), the principals are the same, if you are at the University of Northampton, think NECTAR where it mentions PURE…(NECTAR is our repository, we don’t have a CRIS).

http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/60205/

Are you a PhD/MPhil student? Would you like to work part-time for the Graduate School?

workThe Graduate School are offering a 9-month paid internship for a Postgraduate Research Student, starting end of March 2017.

The purpose of the role is to provide administrative support and services for researcher development activities and to develop organizational skills transferable to a research career. If you would like part-time paid work (18.5 hours a week) whilst you study for your PhD then please see the Unitemps job outline below. Please also apply through the Unitemps link. If you have any questions on the position then please contact Simone.
https://www.unitemps.com/Search/JobDetails/12957

Research students – thinking about your career development?

Research Careers front coverDid you know that 78% of research staff aspire to a career in HE, but only a handful get permanent positions? A recent jobs.ac.uk report indicates that 92% of the advertised job opportunities on their site are contract/temporary. So if you are thinking of a career in research after your PhD, then looking outside of academia, where there are permanent and well-paid positions for researchers, might be a good idea for you.

To focus your mind on this I have organised some short 2 hour careers management workshops in partnership with our careers service at UN. All the workshops are tailored to research students.

All workshops are bookable through Gateway for University of Northampton research students and 1-1s are also possible to arrange.

There are other resources out there to help you focus your mind on careers. One such resource is Vitae Researcher Careers links, which include examples of researcher CVs, researcher career stories on film, careers outside of HE, entrepreneurial researchers, What Do Research Staff do next career stories and much more.

And the British Council Euraxess website features a database of jobs available for researchers throughout the EU and advice on the research landscape in the UK, amongst other useful information.

The Thesis Whisperer has a great guest article on PhD careers.

Your PhD alone probably won’t be enough to get you your next job, as the job market is very competitive. So take advantage of any generic skills training you see which will supplement your transferable skills – these look great on your CV. If you are doing your PhD to support your future career, then you should be thinking about what that career might be… now! Don’t wait until you get to the end before you think about it.

PhD Placements at the British Library

Placements at the British Library provide opportunities for PhD students from all disciplines to develop and apply transferable research skills outside of the university sector. They support the professional development of researchers for future career paths both within and outside academia.  Placement projects are hosted both by specialist curatorial teams and by staff working in areas such as research engagement, digital scholarship, corporate affairs and public policy.

More information can be found here

Please note that these placements are unfunded and the Graduate School has no funds to support students on placements. You should talk to your supervisor if you are considering applying for one of the placements.

Advice for senior scientists and the importance of first-author publications

Another thought-provoking post from our own Professor Jeff Ollerton

“The internet is awash with bloggers and dedicated sites giving advice to early-career scientists and graduate research students (what I’ll collectively refer to as ECRs).  Much of it is very good (see for example The Thesis Whisperer, any number of posts over at Dynamic Ecology and Small Pond Science, and the University of Northampton’s own Research Support Hub), though sometimes it’s contradictory and comes down to matters of taste and opinion …

… But there is very little guidance and advice out there for more senior scientists who are mid- to late-career.”

Read what Jeff has to say on the subject, and some interesting comments from his readers: Jeff Ollerton’s biodiversity blog.

Image credit: HeppDesigns

Researchers – ever fancied starting your own business?

Dr Hiten Vyas, Business Adviser at the University’s Enterprise Club is running a new workshop on starting your own business, especially for the Graduate School, on Monday 11th January in the TPod, Rockingham Library from 1:30-3:30pm.

Aimed at research students and early career researchers, the workshop will cover the key topics to enable you to put together your first business plan. For anyone starting a business, your business plan acts as a unique roadmap to help start and develop your business and is also an essential tool if you intend to look for financial investment.

This workshop is part of a series of careers workshops for researchers. Other workshops coming up include a CV workshop on 25th January and a mock interview workshop on 18th February. Read the rest of this entry

New year’s resolutions: new skills anyone?

Happy new year to all from The Graduate School.

mature students photoIf you’re a Postgraduate Research Student how about making a new year’s resolution to focus more on your skills development. What knowledge or ability do you need to develop in 2016 to support your research degree? And what about your future career? Don’t wait until you’ve nearly finished your doctorate before you focus on that!

All the skills development workshops provided by the Graduate School (and the individual School’s discipline based programmes) are free to Northampton PGRs, so why not tap into them and learn some new skills to help support your doctoral studies and your career. Many workshops are also open to early career researchers working at the University.

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Careers sessions for researchers: self-employment

The Graduate School are offering a couple of brand new workshops on self-employment for researchers and the first is coming up next Tuesday 1st December.

Dr Hiten Vyas, Business Adviser at the Enterprise Club will be running Self-Employment: Is it for you? in the TPod, Rockingham Library from 12-2pm, with lunch after. To book please see the Eventbrite page. This workshop has a follow-up session on January 11th 2016 Self-employment – Business Planning. If you are interested in taking the idea of self-employment further then do book both workshops. Read the rest of this entry

Research Support Centre – Coffee Morning

The newly formed Research Support Centre at Top Lodge is the new home of the Graduate School and Research and Strategic Bidding Office.

We’d like to invite you to join us in our new home for the first of a regular series of coffee mornings.

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A fond look back at my research life at the University of Northampton

By Dr Nadia Anwar

Nadia in the SOTA research office

Now that my academic life at the University of Northampton has come to a close, I take this opportunity to reflect on and share my experiences as a research student. In July 2012 the decision to leave my former university and move to the University of Northampton was not an easy one to say the least, especially when as an international student I was required to pass through the rigors of applying for a new study visa and starting my research process afresh. But my first two experiences at Northampton helped overcome my initial apprehensions and concerns to a great deal. The first was my preliminary meeting with Prof Janet Wilson, Dr Victor Ukaegbu, and Dr Jumai Ewu, my potential Director of Studies and supervisors who ensured me of the potential of my research and showed profound insight and knowledge into the field of my study. The second was the highly professional manner in which my move was handled by both the administrative staff and visa department of the UoN.

From the very beginning of my academic journey in Northampton, I realised that I was at the right place and in the right hands to receive the kind of guidance I had come to the UK for. Read the rest of this entry