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Early Career Club (ECC)

The Early Career Club (ECC) is directed mainly at doctoral students, research fellows and teaching fellows and it addresses issues related to practical aspects of academic life (such as publishing, presenting at conferences, and applying for jobs). Our monthly meetings have two main aims: to get advice from peers/more senior colleagues on a specific topic, having an informal and stimulating discussion with them and with other early career academics, and also create a community among PhD students and early career fellows.

We usually meet monthly during term time. The one-hour meetings will consist of a short informal talk by a more senior scholar, followed by discussion, questions, and conversation. When the meetings are held at 1-2pm we can also enjoy our lunch together, so feel free to bring your own lunch!

Besides the topics of the meetings already scheduled, other topics include: the gap between PhD; from dissertation to book; work/life balance; research/administrative/teaching duties; transitioning from a PhD in Humanities to alternative academic paths (e.g. librarianship); taking time off from an academic career (and returning); grant applications; North-American vs UK vs European postdoc positions, and the differences in various job markets.

These meetings are open to any PhD Students, postdocs, early career teaching and research fellows, and interested members of staff. We very much encourage suggestions relating to possible topics and speakers.


Dr Marta Celati (Renaissance Centre),

Rebecca Carnevali (Renaissance Centre),

Upcoming Sessions:
Term 1
Thursday, 24th October 2019, 1-2pm in room S1.141 (Social Sciences Building)

Prof. David Lines: Book Reviews: How to Write Them

Thursday, 21st November 2019, 5-6pm in room R0.03 (Ramphal Building)

Dr Sara Trevisan: Non-Academic Career Opportunities

Term 2
Thursday, 30th January 2020, 1-2pm in room R1.13 (Ramphal Building)

Prof. Ingrid De Smet: Conferences, Committees and Societies: How Important Are Extra-Curricular Activities? THIS EVENT WAS POSTPONED-NEW DATE TBC

Thursday, 27th February 2020, 1-2pm in room R2.24 (Ramphal Building)

James Green: Project Proposals for Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Term 3
Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 1-2pm in
room H1.02 (Humanities Building)

Dr Paul Botley: The Reverse CV: Finding Failure's Silver Lining

Event CANCELLED-new date TBC in due course, for next academic year.


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