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Academic Career Academy

An intensive and practical programme to help research staff to explore both the big picture and the detail of academic jobs.


Aimed at Research Staff planning an academic career, this is an intensive and practical programme to 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 2022

Application guidelines

  • The programme will run from September to December 2022. All of these sessions will be run in person. There will be 6 days of organised events (one day every 2-3 weeks), plus participants will be expected to undertake some preparatory work and homework between sessions.
  • This programme is 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 and demonstrate regular progress to remain on the programme
  • Staff need to have a contract till at least December 2022 to take part.

Application process

  • The programme will open for applications on 1 July 2022 and close on 22 July 2022.
  • Your PI/line manager is required to authorise your application
  • The outcome will be announced to applicants by 5 August 2022.
  • Please submit your application to before 16:00 22 July 2022.

Programme timetable

Date Time Session Venue
Tuesday 13 Sept 2022 10am to 4pm Your strategy: where do you want to be, and where are you now? Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Tuesday 4 Oct 2022 9:30am to 1pm What is your niche? On campus (room tbc)
Monday 24 Oct 2022 9:30am to 1pm Teaching On campus (room tbc)
Tuesday 15 Nov 2022 9:30am to 4pm Proposals On campus (room tbc)
Thursday 1 Dec 2022 9:30am to 1pm Personal and professional impact On campus (room tbc)
Tuesday 13 Dec 2022 10am to 4:30pm Mock interviews Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

Feedback from participants

'Attending the Academic Career Academy gave me a lot of insight into what an early career researcher needs and how to be competitive. It did not stop at telling me what to do, they showed me how to do it. A lot that money can never buy, thank you very much.'

'Participating in the Academic Career Academy was highly rewarding in teaching me to become proactive in seeking out opportunities to succeed as an independent academic. I would recommend this programme to researchers on the verge of applying for permanent posts looking for guidance in the application process, as well as to postdocs interested in making the most of their time in order to boost their career prospects.'

'The ACA has probably been the single biggest beneficial experience of this academic year for me. It has supported me being objective when evaluating myself, my skillset and my prospects, developing a balanced view of my career, and gaining more confidence in my capacity to affect change in order to progress.'


If you have any questions, please contact us.