Researcher Development

Academic Career Academy 2017-18

Aimed at Research Staff planning an academic career, this is an intensive and practical programme which will help you to explore both the big picture and the detail of academic jobs.  We will focus on what you want from your first lectureship, and what you can do to go about getting it. 

The programme requires a substantial time commitment from you, however, in return you will gain personalised feedback, a strengthened CV and offering and a detailed action plan.

The programme is an opportunity for you to:

  •  reflect on what you want from an academic career
  •  understand and explain what you offer a potential academic employer, and understand and address what is missing
  •  prepare to market yourself effectively in terms of the three aspects of academic roles: research, teaching and administration
  • gain practical tips and experience to effectively plan and refine your applications
  • become more focused on and prepared for the recruitment process
  • gain valuable insights and personal feedback on how you present yourself and your work to potential employers.

 To gain the maximum benefit from the programme, you will be required to commit to attend all workshops, as well as undertake some preparation and homework between sessions.  We will also expect you to carry out some activities (of your choice) within the timeframe of the programme that will strengthen your academic CV.

The programme will be run by an external trainer and professional services staff with opportunities to meet junior and senior academic staff who will share their experiences with you.

Academic Career Academy Programme:


Tuesday 5 December 2017

09:30 to 16:30

Your strategy: where do you want to be, and where are you now?

Time to reflect on what you want and assess current progress.  We will also look at the big picture: insights on the policy context of academic posts and recruitment in HE (in the UK and overseas)


Monday 22 January 2018

09:30 to 14:00

What is your niche?

We will look at what Heads of Department want from you in terms of your research offering, ideas and achievements.


Tuesday 27 February 2018

09:30 to 14:00


What is your teaching style and approach? What is your teaching philosophy? i.e. your views on how students learn and should be taught? How can you develop a track record in teaching?


Tuesday 20 March 2018

09:30 to 16:30


An opportunity to plan and get feedback on your proposals for future research ideas.


Friday 27 April 2018

09:30 to 14:00

Personal and professional impact

We will consider, and give feedback, on how you present yourself both virtually, on paper and in person.



Monday 21 May 2018

09:30 to 16:30

Mock interviews

Pulling everything together – we will explore the recruitment and selection process and provide an opportunity for you to have a mock panel interview with personalised feedback


 All workshops will take place on campus, and if you are selected to take part in the programme you are expected to attend all workshops. 

 Important notes

  • The programme will run from December 2017 to May 2018. There will be six days of organised events, plus participants will be expected to undertake some preparatory work and homework between sessions. The programme will be run entirely on campus
  • This programme is only for staff interested in pursuing an academic career and who are planning to apply for their first lectureship position within the next 2 years.
  • Awardees are expected to participate fully (see attached programme for dates of the sessions for the Academy) and demonstrate regular progress to remain on the programme
  • Staff need to have a contract till at least July 2018 to take part. 

Application process

  • The member of research staff completes the application form
  • The PI/line manager authorises the application
  • Application form submitted to Academic Staff Development by 12pm on 9 November 2017
  • The outcome will be announced to participants by 21 November 2017.