Registration now open! Pathways Annual Careers Event – 7 & 12 June 2013

Want to get on in academia? ………or get out?!

PATHWAYS (7 & 12 June)
Annual careers event for PhD researchers and research staff.

Venue: The University of Manchester

7th June: Explore your Options
A full day of Q & A panels with PhD qualified experts and professionals from a wide range of sectors including academia. Themed workshops around marketing your skills, finding the right job and sector for you and what do employers really look for?

12th June: PhD and Research Career Zone
Talk to employers who recruit PhDs & researchers, discover what opportunities they have for you and learn how to make successful applications.

Free places for all University of Manchester PhD researchers and research staff.

Feedback from 2012 delegates
“It shows that there is life after my PhD!”
“Good spread of different careers represented”
“The panellists were experienced and knowledgeable.”
“I’ve now got the confidence to do something different.”

Find out more and book your place at:

Widening Participation Fellows: Work Opportunity

WP Fellow Information Form


Are you passionate about your subject area?

Would you like the opportunity to work with local school children?

…then the Widening Participation Award Holder programme might be for you!

The Undergraduate Recruitment and Widening Participation Team is currently recruiting Postgraduate Research students for the position of Widening Participation Fellows. These positions support the University’s widening participation activities with a range of learners from primary through to sixth formers.

There are a number of posts available in each Faculty and also one post which is specific to The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre.

For more information about the University’s widening participation work please visit:

Hours and Pay: The period of employment is usually from October – July (10 months). The standard level of involvement is 100 hours in total spread across the 10 months. The payment is monthly (£125 a month). Potential applicants interested in fewer hours should speak with the contact person for their area given in the attached roles and responsibilities document.

Further details of the positions can be found in the attached PDF Document. Interested applicants need to send the following information to your relevant Faculty Officer by Friday 31st August 2012.

WP Award Holder Information Form (attached)


Covering letter outlining your teaching experience with the age group 11 – 18 years and evidence of the essential skills listed above. This should be no longer than one side of A4.

Deadline date for applications of 31st August

Kind Regards,

Emma Lewis

Emma Lewis l UG Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer (Academic Enrichment STEM) The Directorate for Student Experience l Rutherford Building G.057 l Coupland Street The University of Manchester  l  Manchester, M13 9PL   tel + 44 (0)161 306 1715 l  Fax: + 44 (0)161 275 2106

To find out what events are currently taking place at the University please visit:

Need a career? Get STEPS Newsletter Issue 20

The latest edition of the STEPS newsletter focuses on careers for postgraduate researchers.  To download a copy of the newsletter please visit

IndiaBioscience present at the University of Manchester

Thursday 28 July 12:00 – 13:00 (then lunch provided)
Alan Turing Building room G107

‘Avenues for pursuing research in India’
Swetha Suresh, PhD
Associate Director for IndiaBioscience
National Centre for Biological Science (NCBS)

Dr Suresh will discuss:
1. Opportunities for researchers in India – Fellowships, New Institutes and Funding.
2. Young Investigator Meeting and mentoring for researchers interested in establishing a career in India.
3. Online resources for Indian biologists (junior and senior, working in India or abroad) to unite as a community- to find and exchange information, to make new contacts, find collaborators and to share perspectives.

Target audience:
Biosciences research students, research staff and academic staff interested in starting a research career in India or interested in up-to-date information about the research environment in India.

Book your place at this event with an email to with your name, institution and current position.

Find out more about IndiaBioscience through their website:

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!

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.

STEPS Tea Party! 9 March 2011

The STEPS Tea Party will be held on 9 March and is the place to come if you want to meet other postgraduate research students, find out more info on skills training, get some great career tips and advice and (most importantly) eat free cakes!!

The Tea Party will include some great talks and interactive sessions;

3.30-4pm; Arrive – Free Tea, Coffee, Cakes

4pm; Introduction from Jim Miles (Associate Dean, Graduate Education)

4.05; Elizabeth Wilkinson (Head of Postgraduate Career Development) with a practical session to help you make a great first impression.

A chance to get up, meet other postgrads and practice talking about your own research.

4.30; A talk from Dan Colegate (Co-Founder of Post Graduate Toolbox)

Get to grips with the fantastic careers tools and online support networks at your disposal, with live demos.

Check out Postgraduate Toolbox and Graduate Junction.

4.50; Up to the Burlington Bar!

If you’d like to come along, we’d really appreciate it if you could register your interest here. Registration isn’t compulsory – we just want to know how many cakes to buy!!