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Academic Careers & Funding in the UK

Module Leader: Dr John Burden

In this discussion we will consider some of the general terms that you will come across in UK academia, as well as some of the considerations whena pplying for funding in the UK. This introductory seminar touches on several key topics that will be taken up in more detail in future sessions.

Notes from this session can be found here.


Module Leader: Dr Jennie Mills (Learning & Development Advisory)

Teaching Fellowships and further permanent roles will include teaching students in its many forms. This discussion will allow participants to find mutual ground with some universal teaching practices, and to become informed about the Univeristy's formal training in teaching.



CVs & Academic Interview Processes

Module Leader: Nick Lawrence (English), Charlotte Heath-Kelly (PAIS), James Sprittles (Maths)

Discussing the interview process for academic positions from three different perspectives. The session will include a mock interview, an opportunity to ask questions about and discuss could interview practice, and to share tips on producing a good CV.

Please bring several copies of your CV with you to this seminar as there will be a chance to discuss and improve it during the course of the day.



Digital Humanities

Module Leader: Steve Ranford (Senior Academic Technologist, IT Services)

This workshop informs participants of what Digital Humanities entails, signposts resources and the Digital Humanities team at Warwick, and invites participants to consider ways they could incorporate Digital Humanities techniques and resources into their own research.



Engaging with the Public

Module Leader: Naomi Kay (Public Engagement Officer)

An informal information seminar and workshop to consider how you might want to engage public audiences with your current and future research.



Flash Talk

If you had to convey the central argument or most interesting discovery of your doctoral thesis / current research project, what would it be? Using a single image and a three minute talk we challenge you to present your work in a slightly different format to tell your story and grab our attention.

Please submit your chosen image and and accompanying 100 word abstract to by 11 am on the day you are due to present. [Please use images with appropriate copyright].

More information about the Flash Talk challenge can be found here.



Grant Writing

Module Leader: Dr John Burden

This discussion considers writing large grant applications. We look at the different parts of a typical application form and discuss the key elements that must be in place to give an application the best chance. We also discuss what to avoid when preparing an application.



Innovative Teaching

Module Leader: Elena Riva (IATL Senior Teaching Fellow)

Discussing the different pedagogies that can be used when designing and delivering teaching in a University context. This includes some of the innovative teaching spaces available at Warwick and considering alternative teaching practices. Participants will also explore the design of interdisciplinary teaching modules.

Introduction to Fellowship Applications

Module Leader: Dr John Burden

Venue: Wolfson REx room 2, The Library

This seminar introduces the particular nuances of writing successful Fellowship applications. We look at the different parts of a typical application form and discuss the key elements that must be in place to give an application the best chance. We also discuss what to avoid when preparing an application.

Training materials can be found here.



Leverhulme Applications

Module Leader: John Burden (IAS Research Strategy Manager)

This session will look generally at making grant and fellowship applications with a specific focus on applying to the Leverhulme trust.

In this clinic, please bring any draft applications that you are preparing, or thinking of preparing, give and receive peer-to-peer support, and participate in discussion of best practice and common pitfalls.



Managing your Academic Career

A one day workshop that provides Research Active staff in academia with a day of active reflection and discussion on a wide range of issues that face staff in the management of their careers. The workshop provides an opportunity to examine existing skills, networks and preferences so that they can effectively progress their career. This workshop is a collaborative workshop development by Vitae & UKRC (UK Research Councils) which has been adapted for Warwick Research Active Staff. Please bring a copy of your academic CV and a 2 page resume/summary CV

Marie Curie Fellowship Applications

Module Leader: Dr John Burden (IAS Research Strategy Manager), Dr Elisabetta Nadalutti (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow)

Discussing Marie Curie Individual Fellowships in close detail. sBefore attending the session please read through the eligibility criteria of any schemes you wish to discuss, and consider a possible project area to scope out in the process of discussions on the day. Please also bring a 2-page CV with you to this session. Please also bring any computng equiptmnt you wish to use.

Maximising Impact

Module Leader: TBC (R&IS Impact Officers)

Most funding bodies ask fellowship and funding applicant to provide a pathways to impact statement. We will explore what is meant by this term and consider some examples of best practice from different disciplines.

Media Communication

Module Leaders: Dr Eliza Filby & Jamie Wood (GradTrain)

Participants will be taught by Dr Eliza Filby, who has extensive experience of writing journalism and broadcasting in the media, and Jamie Wood, former head producer at Sky News ( We will run through how to market your research, how to be responsive to the changing news agenda, how to prepare for an interview or pitch to a newspaper, issues and concerns on payment and intellectual property etc.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Module Leader: Samantha Tarren (Head of Counselling Services)

The early stages of an academic career can be extremely stressful. It is therefore important to maintain a healthy working life and a positive work-life balance in order to be effective and enjoy setting up an independent research career. During this time fellows will have the space to talk about any concerns they are having and discuss different ways to promote mental health.

The counselling service will also give a brief presentation about the different avenues of support available and be on hand to answer any questions.

Mock Interivew

Panel Chair: TBC (IAS Programme Manager)

In small groups you will meet twice per term. Within each group, each Fellow is given at least one 20 minute mock interview with the other members of the group acting as the interview panel. After the mock interview the Fellow is given feedback on their interview technique; what they do well and some points for improvement. The CV can also be critiqued.

Note: Please bring an up-to-date copy of your CV and a relevant job description/application to your mock interview(s).



Open Access & Publishing

Module Leaders: TBC (Warwick Library)

During this workshop we discuss several different aspects of publishing. We consider the requirements of Open Access publishing and the facilities provided by Warwick do support this. In the second part of the workshop attendees can join a discussion about either converting your thesis into a monograph, or gaining sole author papers.

Before this session begins please create a two-year publication plan and bring this along for discussion and refining. Training materials can be found here.



Reflections on International Careers

Module Leader: Dr Rebecca Vipond

This discussion provides the current WIRL-COFUND Fellows an opportunity to discuss their experiences of creating an international academic career so far. The thoughts raised in this session will, amongst other things, go on to inform decisions about future calls of the WIRL-COFUND Scheme.

In preparation for this discussion, please be ready to discuss your personal experiences, any challenges you have faced and any hints and tips to others that you have.


Module Leaders: Dr Rebecca Vipond & Professor Peter Scott

This seminar will consider both the REF and TEF exercises from an institutional, Unit of Assessment and Early Career Researcher perspective. We will discuss some of the general considerations and strategies that ECRs can employ in an environment that can be strongly influenced by such exercises.

Research Data Management

Module Leader: Library Scholarly Communications Manager

This workshop aims to help participants recognise good practice, create an effective data management plan and signpost help and resources.

Research Presentation

During this session Fellows are asked to give a 15 minute presentation about their research, suitable to an academic but non-expert audience. This presentation can concern a broad overview of the Fellow's PhD research or current project, or an in-depth study of a particular aspect. The aim of this presentation is to give Fellows a chance to practice their job pitch presentation, often asked for when applying to new institutions for academic positions. The presentation will conclude with a short Q&A panel and constructive feedback from the IAS community.

On your allotted date please prepare a PowerPoint presentation and either bring it along to the session on USB stick, or email it to



Schools Outreach

Module Leaders: Baljit Gill

During this session we talk about the different ways to get involved with Schools Outreach. Training materials can be found here.



Talking to Muggles

Module Leader: Isla Millar and Charmaine Mulligan (Warwick Ventures)

How do you communicate the value of your research in an engaging way to non-academics? This workshop explores the use of elevator pitches to initiate interest in your work.