Category Archives: Researcher careers

New career planner for researchers

Research Careers front, the UK based online careers and jobs bank for universities, research institutions, commercial and public sector employers, has announced a new tool in its repertoire. It’s an excellent Career Development Toolkit for doctoral students and research staff, written by Clare Jones, an experienced researcher careers professional at the University of Nottingham. Read the rest of this entry

A new year’s resolution for PGRs…. start planning your career!

New-Year_ResolutionsIn the olden days a postdoc could expect a job for life in academia, possibly working his or her way through a logical academic career progression, right up to a professorship. But sadly, in the 2010s, this could turn out to be a career path limited to the very few and, arguably, the lucky! Of course, there are always those who do not wish for a career in academia and, for them, the outside world beckons with a plethora of jobs and career paths which are as diverse as the postdocs applying for them.

London cityA Times Higher Education article, published just before Christmas, points out that a PhD alone may not be enough. Picking up transferable skills from training opportunities, broadening experience and knowledge, increasing experience of team working and leadership and the ability to assess and promote one’s own achievements will all help to construct the highly transferable CV that non-academic employers are looking for.

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Interested in a career in health psychology?

Do you want to

  • develop your career in health psychology but not sure how to go about it?
  • find out if you should you do a PhD or take the Stage 2 route?
  • discover the areas health psychologists work in?

Midlands Health Psychology Network (MPHN) are organising a CPD event for people who would be interested in a career in Health Psychology. The event will be held on Tuesday, November 25 from 10:30am to 12:30pm at Coventry University. For more information and to book your place please see the booking form.

New PhD portal for postgraduate recruitment & advice

jobs_ac_uk-logoLeading global jobs board, which focuses on careers in academia, research, science and related professions, has launched a new portal supporting postgraduate recruitment.

The new PhD portal provides postgraduate students with a dedicated resource for quickly and easily searching for the latest PhD programmes, research projects and studentships from universities and research institutes worldwide.

The Portal also provides careers support for doctoral students, in the form of ebooks and articles. See for further details.


Programme for the SOTA Postgraduate Conference Announced!

On Thursday 18th September and Friday 19th September, the School of the Arts will be convening its annual postgraduate conference.  We are looking forward to keynote lectures on Thursday 18th September by Visiting Professor, Victor Ukaegbu (The University of Bedfordshire) and Professor Ebitsam Ali Sadiq (King Saud University) on Friday 19th September.

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Article – 10 ways to make public engagement work for you

This article talks about public engagement with research.

Look out for details of our forthcoming Images of Research Exhibition 2014-15 and Research Poster Competition and think about how you can engage with non-academic audiences.



School of the Arts Postgraduate Conference, 18th-19th September 2014

We are delighted to announce that the annual School of the Arts Postgraduate Conference will be held on the 18th-19th September 2014.  MA and PhD students from the School of the Arts are strongly encouraged to submit papers on their research projects to by 31 July 2014.

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Featured researcher: Clare Ellis

Clare Ellis & Rex cross rabbit. Photo: Learning Materials team at Moulton College.

Clare Ellis & Rex cross rabbit. Photo: Learning Materials team at Moulton College.

Clare Ellis, Postgraduate Research Student
Second prize winner of the 2014 UN Graduate School poster competition

On the 7th May, at our Annual Poster Competition, Clare won a second prize of £75 for her poster entitled “Britain’s Bunny Problem: It’s not all black and white…” Clare is a postgraduate researcher in the School of Science & Technology and is based at Moulton College. Her research interests are in the field and animal welfare assessment using behavioural and other non-invasive measures within zoos and other captive animal settings. Read the rest of this entry

Featured Researcher: Jane Youell

JYouell posterJane Youell, Postgraduate Research Student
Winner of the 2014 UN Graduate School poster competition

On the 7th May, at the Graduate School Annual Poster Competition, Jane was awarded the winning prize of £100 for her poster entitled “Double beds and nice warm bodies”, describing her research into sexuality and dementia. Read the rest of this entry