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Early Career Club (ECC)

Organisers: Sophie Hartles (Renaissance Centre PhD), and Tom Pert (Renaissance Centre Leverhulme Research Fellow), 

The Early Career Club (ECC) is a series of seminars 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.

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.

In order to attend the seminars, please register in advance by emailing so that you can be included in the meeting. The deadline for registration is 24 hours before the event. Alternatively, to register for the entire programme, please simply specify this in your email.

2021-22 - Programme
Term 1

Wednesday 3 November, 1-2pm, joint online seminar with History Department, Millie Tissut: 'Careers Outside of Academia: Q+A Discussion'.

Tuesday 30 November, 1-2pm, Prof. David Lines and Dr Gloria Moorman: ‘Organising Academic Conferences’. This seminar will be conducted 'in-person' and not online in Humanities Building, room H403.

Term 2

Wednesday 9 February, 1-2pm, joint online seminar with the Warburg Institute via Zoom, Dr Bryan Brazeau: ‘Building a network for your research online’.