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ECN Workshop: Demystifying and Navigating Early Career Academia

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Geography G1S Hepple Lecture Theatre

School of Geographical Sciences

University Road

University of Bristol

BS8 1SS

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Early Career Academics from PhD students to those in early career research or teaching posts share a unique position in academia. Early on, future career paths and internal processes can often be opaque and confusing.

Join us in Bristol on 1st May for a day of workshops and talks aimed at demystifying and navigating early career academia. From opening the lid on the academic interview process to deciphering REF. Central to all sessions will be an attention to issues of equality and diversity and how to make academia more inclusive.

Our Keynote Speaker will be Aisha Richards, Founder and Director of Shades of Noir which aims to tackle the issue of differential degree attainment between White home students, home students of colour and students who pay fees at the overseas rate. Shades of Noir explores issues of race and ethnicity in arts, design and communication higher education and promote discussion and debate across the university community.

Travel grants will be available upon request for ECN members. There is a finite allocation for this event, so grants will be issued in the first instance to those who cannot reclaim costs from their department or research allowance. ECN membership is just £10 for PhDs, Post-Docs and Early Career Researchers more info here. Please email ecn@psa.ac.uk to request a form.

The ECN would like to thank PSA Women and Politics Group, the BSA Race & Ethnicity Study Group and the University of Bristol Gender Research Centre for their support with this event.

The schedule for the day is:

09:30-09:45: Welcome and Registration

09:45-10:00: Welcome Remarks, Jessica Smith, Birkbeck College, University of London and Neema Begum, University of Bristol

10:00-11:00: Impact Workshop: Dr Therese O’Toole, University of Bristol

11:00-12:00 REF and TEF Workshop Demystifying the Process, Professor Jonathan Tonge, University of Liverpool and Professor John Craig, Leeds Beckett University

12:00-12:15 Break

12:15-13:15 CVs and Interviews in Academia Workshop: Lifting the Lid, Dr Peter Allan, University of Bath

13:15-14:15: Lunch sponsored by PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group

14:15-15:30: Diversity in Early Academia Panel sponsored by BSA Race Study Group

Speakers:

Professor Heather Savigny, De Montfort University

Dr Zoe Pflaeger Young, De Montfort University

Shardia Briscoe-Palmer, University of Birmingham

15:30 - 16:30: Speakers and Q&A Session

Phil Sooben, CEO, Political Studies Association

Keynote Speaker: Aisha Richards, Director, Shades of Noir

Q&A Session:

Aisha Richards, Director, Shades of Noir

Phil Sooben, CEO, Political Studies Association

James Weinberg, University of Sheffield, Chair of PSA Early Career Network

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Geography G1S Hepple Lecture Theatre

School of Geographical Sciences

University Road

University of Bristol

BS8 1SS

United Kingdom

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