Vitae National GRADschools – places available

GRADschools are designed to help you reflect upon and develop the skills you have as a postgraduate researcher. The course will encourage you to consider how you can apply your skills now and in the future and aim to help you gain honest insights into a range of career pathways and approaches.
Vitae GRADschools are designed to take an ‘experiential’ or ‘learning by doing’ approach. Whilst there is some element of presentations and information giving, for the most part, you will be actively participating in the sessions and activities.

This interactive residential event will enable you to:

  • meet a whole host of postgraduate researchers from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds and ages
  • work with a range of experienced, inspirational people from all over the country, or sometimes further afield, who are willing to openly share their career experiences
  • take a few days out from your research both physically and mentally, and have some space in which to consider yourself and your next steps
  • assess your career and professional progress with the use of different tools, including the new Researcher Development Framework.

Course dates:

  • 14-17 June 2011, Bournemouth
  • 11-14 October 2011, Windermere

Places are limited so book now!

ESRC Festival of Social Science – Public Engagement Opportunity

The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) are searching for a social scientist who is interested in doing some public engagement for the ESRC Festival of Social Science on the Sunday 30th October 2011, which coincides with the last day of Manchester Science Festival.  If you have an idea for an interactive drop-in family event which needs some funding, the museum can support an application to the ESRC (up to £2000, due by 3rd June) as well as obviously providing a venue, audience and support on the day. If interested please contact Marieke Navin, Science Communication Officer at MOSI, on

New! Website for academic career development

The Careers Service has developed an online academic careers website The site aims to help you if you are interested in becoming an academic, whatever stage you have reached in your career. You can find information on what academics really do, how people typically enter academic careers and how to succeed as an academic. It also encourages you to ask yourself some challenging questions about what you want out of a career and is that a good match for a career as an academic.