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What's next after your PhD?

On Tuesday 21 May 2019 the Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP presented a lively day of discussion on the keys to career thinking, both academic and non-academic.

This workshop featured short and snappy presentations on academic and non-academic career opportunities as well as sessions on networking and job application skills. Presenters included academic staff, a PGR-specific careers adviser and more.

Programme for the day and presentations (via links)

10:30-10:40 Introduction

Professor Michael Hand – Deputy Director, MGS ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership

10:40-12:40 Session 1 - Opportunities


Moving in-and-out of academia: developing your academic profile for a lectureship - Dr Tom Perry (School of Education, University of Birmingham)

Getting published - Professor Michael Saward (Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick)


Research Careers in the Third Sector - Dr. Prema Nirgude (Research and Evaluation Manager, Royal Air Forces Association)

Careers in University Research Support - Dr. Barry Dixon (Research Strategy and Development Manager (Social Sciences), Research & Impact Services, University of Warwick)

12:40-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:00 Session 2 - Exploring Options and CV Advice

Dr Holly Prescott (Postgraduate Researcher Careers Adviser, University of Birmingham)

A practical session which will include:

  • Exploring your options
  • Differences between academic and non-academic CVs

15:00-15:15 Refreshment break

15:15-17:00 Session 3 - Networks and Social Media

Social media presence and employment: raising your profile - Lydia Topliss (ESRC Doctoral Programmes Manager, University of Nottingham)

Speed networking - facilitated by Dr Eren Bilgen (PGR Community Engagement Officer, University of Birmingham)

Tuesday 21 May 2019
10:30 - 17:00
Lloyd Room, Hornton Grange, Edgbaston Park Hotel, University of Birmingham
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