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Careers In Academia

Thursday 27th July, 1300-1530, Room 915, Adam Smith Building

This half-day event is for Postgraduate Researchers from the Colleges of Social Science. It has been designed to give you an insight into the realities of life in academia and to start to think about the key stages that will facilitate career success, post-PhD. We hope that the format will be honest and informative, as well as highly interactive, giving you the opportunity to ask questions and develop ideas and skills for the future.

During the first half of the workshop you will have the opportunity to hear from a range of early career researchers, across a range of teaching and research roles, who will talk about the benefits and challenges of their academic careers to date. They will also discuss the key achievements, dating back to their PhD experiences, which facilitated their career progression.

In the second half of the workshop, there will be an introduction to academic interviews followed by a series of small-group mock interviews, with students operating as interviewers, interviewees and observers, and supervised by Careers Service staff.

During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet with current academic staff to hear about their own experiences of an academic career
  • Explore how to prepare for and succeed in academic job interviews through small group 'mock interview' sessions
  • Work with fellow research students and share tips and experience


Our speakers:

Dr Donna Yates

Donna Yates is a Lecturer in Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow.
Her research is explores the relationship between communities, governments, the law, and the operation of transnational criminal markets and to help develop regulatory mechanisms for controlling the illicit antiquities trade. She conducts field-based research to better understand the implementation of regulation and the behaviours, norms, and values of the stakeholder communities that are governed by it.

Most recently Dr Yates has been studying the theft, trafficking, and security of Sacred Art. This includes art from Latin American churches and she has expanded this focus to include temple and shrine sites in South Asia, particularly Nepal and India. Information about sacred art theft can be found on her website StolenGods.org.

She completed her PhD in Archaeology at theUniversity of Cambridge in 2012 looking at the legal, social, and professional construction of archaeology and heritage in the rapidly changing social and political climate of modern Bolivia. Her first degree was in Archaeology at Boston University with a focus on Mesoamerica. She went on to complete an MPhil in Archaeological Heritage and Museums at Cambridge. Her MPhil thesis documented the market for illicit South American antiquities at US-based auctions.

She was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2012–2015) and a Core Fulbright Award (2012–2013) to study the trafficking of Latin American cultural property.

She has conducted trafficking or archaeology fieldwork in Belize, Guatemala, Ecuador, Greece,Mexico, Nepal, and Bolivia.

Dr Kat Duffy

Dr Kat Duffy is a Lecturer in Marketing at the Adam Smith Business School. She holds a PhD in Marketing from the University of Strathclyde, along with an MSc in Marketing (Distinction) from the University of Strathclyde and an MA (Hons.) English Literature from the University of Glasgow.

Previously, she was a Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Essex (2013-2015) and her academic interests are complimented by her practical marketing experience (including roles at 5pm.co.uk and The Marketing Society Scotland). Her current research interests include socio-cultural dimensions of value, considerations of alternative marketscapes and the turn to visual platforms in digital marketing.

Dr Claire Bynner

Claire’s professional background and expertise is in the field of community participation and empowerment within local strategic partnerships. As a Development Officer for CVS Inverclyde, she was responsible for facilitating the involvement of the local community and voluntary sector in community planning. She then worked for Glasgow Community Planning Partnership (GCPP) developing community planning structures and outcome focused approaches to community engagement.

In 2010 Claire returned to the University of Glasgow (where she had been an undergraduate 20 years previously) to undertake a Masters in Research and PhD thesis. Her thesis examined new migration and the emergence of ‘superdiverse’ neighbourhood in post-industrial cities drawing on the theories of multiculturalism and the concepts of intergroup contact and trust.

Claire’s main motivation for applying for the position of Research Associate with What Works Scotland was her previous experience in both policy-making and academia. What Works Scotland attempts to combine these two areas of expertise through a collaborative approach to the use of evidence in public service reform.

Dr Dickon Copsey

Dickon Copsey has been the College of Social Sciences Employability Officer since 2009. Dickon works with academic staff on a range of work-related learning initiatives. He also delivers a wide variety of lectures and workshops to undergraduate and postgraduate students aimed at supporting them to reflect on and develop the key transferable skills they will require in their chosen career paths. Dickon also coordinates the College's Researcher Development Programme.

Katrina Gardner

Katrina Gardner is an experienced Careers Adviser with 14 years experience within Higher Education. She has spent the last 10 years' specialising in supporting the career development of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Glasgow. She works closely with academics and employers in other sectors so can support clients in progressing their career in Academia or in the many other careers open to Postgraduate Researchers.

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