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Accolade 20/21 - Spring Schedule

This is a list of Accolade support and training events taking place during the Spring Term only. Please click on the event titles to see the facilitators and learning outcomes for each session. To view all our upcoming events including research webinars see our Accolade Calendar. If you'd like to receive invitations to our events, please join our network of postdocs as an Associate Fellow. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact us at


Welcome Back Event: News, Online Resources and Support for Postdocs at Warwick 20/21

With The IAS Team

This will be your opportunity to hear from the IAS Team about recent news and updates, including how our programmes and schemes will run this term. We will announce the Accolade schedule for the Spring Term, updates to the Teams space as well as resources and support available to you as a postdoc at Warwick

Accessing the hidden job market

With Lorraine Johnson, IAS Early Career Fellow & Sarah Penny, IAS Programme Manager 

Writers commentating on the UK jobs market often liken it to an iceberg: the majority of jobs never being publicly advertised. Generally, these more invisible opportunities are filled in more unorthodox ways such as through informal networking, unpaid work (internships or work experience), contracting/consultancy/associate opportunities being made permanent, clever deployment of social media tools (Linked In, Facebook, CV Library etc) and more pioneer techniques relying on persuasion - such as the elevator pitch. In this session let’s consider some of these more unorthodox approaches to job hunting and then pool our creative thinking to think up a few more.

Learning Outcomes

  • To analyse the nature of networking
  • To reflect on the networking approach to job hunting
  • To pool creative thinking on further strategies for accessing hidden job opportunities.

Research Excellence Framework - Q&A

With Pete Scott, IAS Director

Learning Outcomes:

  • Enhance your understanding of the REF; its purpose and life cycle.
  • Consider the importance of REF in relation to your own fellowship goals and publishing priorities

This session will be shaped around the dilemmas and questions you put forward in advance HERE but indicative topics that may be covered include:

  • Contribution to REF as a Postdoc/ECR
  • The life cycle of REF and how publications are scored.
  • Developing strategies for publication that considers REF


MSCA-IF - Application Workshop

With Kevin Purdy, Reader, Life Sciences and Elisabetta Nadalutti, MSCA-IF

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain insight and advice on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship application process
  • Learn what evaluators are looking for
  • Consider the steps you should be taking and when to write a successful application.

Please note: This event is open to all Early Career Scholars at Warwick including PhD students. If you are not an IAS fellow but would like to attend, please email us at 

Grant Writing Surgery

With John Burden and Alexander Stingl

Dr Alex Stingl & Dr John Burden will discuss their experiences of writing and supporting funding applications and will examine topics such as what makes a good application & how to find the right funder. Questions and interaction from the participants are welcome throughout.

Learning outcomes


  • Increased understanding of what makes a good application.
  • Be able to identify an appropriate funder.
  • Understand the benefits to the individual and the institution of getting grant funding.

    Panel Discussion: The Future of Student Data in HE

    With Rebecca Freeman, Dean of Students and Russell Boyatt, Service Owner, IT Services.

    The pervasive nature of technology in higher education enables the large-scale collection of information about students and their on-line learning activities. When a student's interaction with a university can potentially be captured, processed, and analysed, what issues might we encounter? What ethical issues must be considered? And how would we ensure that student data is used to inform and enhance the student experience? This session will discuss the ethical, moral, and practical implications of how higher education might use data on students.

    Learning outcomes:

    • To understand how student data is currently used in higher education.
    • To understand how student data might be used in the future, and the ethical implications of decisions that lie ahead.
    • To understand what role you can take in shaping the ethical use of data.

    Panel Discussion: Developing your Publication Strategy

    Chair: Gareth Johnson, Managing Editor-in-Chief, Exchanges.

    Publishing: There are a million stories and a thousand opinions in the naked academy about what works, what doesn’t and how you can approach it in a coherent and more successful manner. Every scholar’s got something to share, an angle to illuminate and wisdom to impart about this diverse, often frustrating, but ultimately crucial area. So, come along and experience a few of these ‘publishing tales’. In this session hosted by the Exchanges journal and featuring a diverse panel of scholars, there will be a chance to hear some of these personal publishing stories of triumph, misfortune and a little of everything in-between. Plus, there’ll be the chance to pitch your burning questions or share your personal experiences with the panel on the day. Alternatively, submit a question ahead of time to


    Invited panellists include:

    • Dr Andreas Wittel, Nottingham Trent University
    Originally from a German cultural studies background and, he specialised in a series of ethnographic explorations of work, industry, and organisations. When he moved to the UK in 1998 his interests shifted towards media studies, the creative industries, and the cultural economy. It has become increasingly difficult for him to define himself within traditional disciplinary categories such as sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, and media studies. His work is trans-disciplinary and contains elements of all these areas. Current research interests could broadly be described as work toward a political economy of digital media and refers to topics such as peer production; non-market production of cultural objects and the challenges that this development poses for traditional media industries and the creative industries in general.
    • Dr Benjamin Schaper, University of Oxford
    Benjamin Schaper is a Stipendiary Lecturer in German at the University of Oxford. He previously taught at the Universities of Munich and Durham and was a Sylvia Naish Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Modern Languages Research in London. His postdoc project analyses loneliness and human-machine interaction in Romanticism, Modernism, and the Digital Age. He is further editing a volume on German cultural history in transnational film and television and has an interest in literary networks.
    • Dr Charoula Tzanakou, Oxford Brooks University
    Charoula Tzanakou is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University. She is an interdisciplinary social sciences researcher focusing on gender and diversity in organisations and society, highly skilled mobility and transitions from education to employment. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Social Inclusion and she is a member of the Gender Policy Committee of the European Association of Science Editors. She has been a reviewer for Business, Sociology and Education journals. She is also a reviewer of EU H2020 grants, Dutch and Canadian research funding grants. She has co-authored 'An introduction to peer review' which can be found here.
    • Dr Filippo Cervelli, SOAS, University of London
    Dr Filippo Cervelli is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature at SOAS, University of London. His research is broadly concerned with representations of individual and social crises in contemporary Japanese literature and popular culture. He completed his PhD in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford in 2018, with a thesis exploring immediacy and the emphasis on the present in contemporary Japanese novels, manga and anime.
    • Judith Schoßböck, Mag. phil, Danube University Krems, City University of Hong Kong,
    Judith Schoßböck is managing editor of the open access e-journal JeDEM (journal for eDemocracy and Open Government), research fellow at the Centre for E-Governance at Danube University Krems (Austria) and Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Award recipient at the Department for Media and Communication at City University Hong Kong. Further she is scientific co-director of paraflows, a festival and symposium for digital arts in Austria. Mostly involved in projects covering electronic participation, e-democracy, e-literacy, e- governance and open access, she draws on experiences from different domains within the public sector, such as a second learning university and public administrations.
    • Dr Julie Robinson, University of Warwick
    Julie Robinson is the Scholarly Communications Manager for the University of Warwick Library. The main focus of her role is to support the Warwick research community with publishing, disseminating and evaluating the influence of their work, including advising on Open Access, copyright, and citation and alternative metrics. Julie also co-manages the University of Warwick Press, which hosts the IAS journal, Exchanges – amongst others – on its Open Journals System (OJS) platform.
    • Dr Marco J Haenssgen, University of Warwick

    Marco J Haenssgen is Assistant Professor in Global Sustainable Development at the University of Warwick. A social scientist by training, he works at the intersection of development, well-being, and socio-technological change. Marco has led, implemented, and directed publication strategies for interdisciplinary and mixed-method research projects across Asia with as many as 30 international collaborators and research team members. In his recent book Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research in Global Development: A Concise Guide, he provides concrete guidance for how newcomers can navigate the at times obscure and contentious space of academic publishing in interdisciplinary research projects.


    • Dr Sven van Kerckhoven, Vesalius College, Brussels
    Prof Dr Sven Van Kerckhoven is the Vice-Dean for Education of the Brussels School of Governance at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He obtained his PhD in Applied Economics and Master degrees in International Politics and Business Economics from the University of Leuven. He previously was Head of the Department of Business and Economics at Vesalius College, a visiting researcher at Stanford University, a Rutherford fellow at the University of Warwick and a visiting professor at the University of Leuven. His research interests include global governance, political economics, and international institutions, on which he has published widely. He has taught a wide variety of courses in economics, finance and business. He further coordinates a Jean Monnet Module on ‘the economics of EU (dis)integration’.

    Workshop: Supporting postdocs to support students

    With Sarah Parkinson Wellbeing Adviser (Outreach), Wellbeing Support Services and Helen Toner Associate Professor, School of Law

    This session has been developed specifically for Postdoctoral staff. It will help you to develop confidence in identifying student wellbeing needs and supporting students in distress, both virtually and in person within the confines of the roles that Postdocs usually occupy. It aims to help you to gain clarity about how and when to escalate student wellbeing needs and the appropriate boundaries of your role in doing so. You will also gain an understanding of the support available for students during and after the COVID period.

    You are not expected to share any personal details, but others may, and you are expected to treat the session as a confidential space. There will be opportunity for discussion and to review case studies.

    You will join this session through Microsoft Teams, which means you will be able to see who else is taking part.

    Learning outcomes:

    Participants will:

    • Develop confidence in identifying student wellbeing needs, virtually and in person.
    • Gain clarity about how and when to escalate student wellbeing needs
    • Gain an understanding of the support available for students & staff

    On Research Ethics & Ethical Approval

    With John Burden, IAS Research Strategy and Programme Manger

    Learning outcomes:

    Participants will

    • Understand the importance of conducting research in line with an ethical approval framework and the potential consequences of non-compliance
    • Identify the key elements of a research project which would require it to have ethical approval
    • Understand why ethical approval is needed and the process by which it is obtained
    • Identify the key elements required to ensure a research project is ethical
    • Understand how Ethical Approval sits within a wider governance framework

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