Durham University, 3-4 September 2015

Funded by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Durham University, and supported by the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership, this two-day workshop is aimed at PhD students in the Arts and Humanities who are either nearing the end of, or about to embark on, their final year of study. It addresses key issues facing PhD students as they make the transition from doctoral students to early career researchers:

  • how to operate effectively within a professional team and develop leadership skills
  • how to generate new projects and apply for funding (including postdoctoral positions)
  • how to build your CV for maximum impact
  • how to approach publishers and deal with the peer review process

It also includes an information session on the Research Excellence Framework, and will give you plenty of opportunities to talk informally with early-career researchers and network with publishers and academics.

The event is free of charge, and all refreshments – including the conference dinner – will be provided. Participants will be responsible for their own travel and overnight accommodation.

To register for the conference, please email, stating your department, project title, and year of study. There are 20 places available, and they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis Early registration is advised.

A draft programme is given below. Full details of venues and confirmed speakers will be circulated in due course.

Draft programme

Thursday 3 September

9.30-12.30       Leadership and teamworking for early career researchers

(Mark Crabtree, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Durham).

12.30-1.30       Lunch

1.30-3.30         CV building and job applications

David Henderson, Postgraduate Careers Adviser, Durham University

Christine Bohlander, Researcher Development Officer, Durham University

Dr Aditi Nafde, Lecturer in English, Newcastle University

Dr Matthew Duncombe, Department of Classics, Durham University

Additional speaker tbc

3.30-4.00         Coffee

 4.00-6.00         Research after the PhD:

Generating new projects and applying for funding / postdocs

Dr Abbie Garrington, Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature, Durham University

Dr James Kelly, St Cuthbert’s Society Research Fellow, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University

Dr Harriet Archer, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, School of English Language, Literature, and Linguistics, Newcastle University

7.30     Conference Dinner

Friday 4 September

9.30-12.30       Publishing workshop

Holly Buttimore, Editor, Humanities & Social Science Journals, Cambridge University Press

Laura Macy, Senior Commissioning Editor, Music Studies, Ashgate

Additional speakers tbc

12.30-1.30       Lunch

1.30-3.30         Surviving peer review

Dr James Robinson, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Department of English Studies, Durham University

Additional speakers tbc

3.30-4.00         Coffee

4.00-5.00         What every Early Career Researcher needs to know about the REF

Dr John Nash, Deputy Head of Faculty (Research), Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Durham

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