R20: Research and Erasmus
Britain lags behind many other countries in providing its postgraduates and early career researchers with intercultural competences such as international experience and foreign language skills that are considered fundamental global attributes. At the same time, the British 'PhD experience' has expanded beyond completion of a thesis to include professional development and participation in research culture, in order to keep pace with changing professional expectations in higher education and in recognition of the fact that while HE remains a major professional destination for successful doctoral students, many of the latter take up posts in other sectors. This skills development session will survey some accessible pathways to internationalisation of experience that can at the same time enhance professional development. It will also provide a context to these opportunities, explaining the strategic reasons why internationalisation of experience is both personally and professionally beneficial.
Who should attend?
It is envisaged that the session will be of particular interest and use to students (a) whose research requires them to engage with or could be enhanced by engagement with international experience such as fieldwork abroad and/or acquisition/improvement of foreign-language competence; (b) who are interested in or prepared to countenance gaining professional development experience in an international context; (c) who simply wish to broaden their personal and professional horizons and prospects by adding international experience to their portfolio of achievements.
Facilitator: Dr Glyn Hambrook, Faculty of Arts