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This three day course will help you think in detail about what you want from an academic career, and how to start to take control and design your own pathway


This course will be delivered online - as 6 half days covering the usual 3 full days.

On 'day one' of the course, you will work to construct your own definition of career success, looking at both what's important to you and what's required to succeed in academia.

On 'day two' you will work on your personal impact, looking at message, body language, audience and voice; and have the opportunity to see yourself on camera.

Between day two and day three (which are a month apart) you will work in a group to undertake a project; and on day three you will present the findings and outcomes of the group project and receive feedback. 


By the end of the session participants will be able to: 

  • Define their own individual career success
  • Use the concepts of career anchors, and core and broader characteristics to approach their career development
  • Identify and access resources, training and other support needed for academic career development
  • Plan and implement action for career development


Research Staff and DPhil students in their third year and above . 





 Alison Trinder, Researcher Training Adviser for the MPLS Division



9.30 - 12.30 | 24 February 2021

9.30 - 12.30 | 26 February 2021

9.30 - 12.30 | 2 March 2021

9.30 - 12.30 | 3 March 2021

9.30 - 12.30 | 24 March2021

9.30 - 12.30 | 26 March 2021

NB if you sign up you will be expected to attend all days in full.



B1, B2, B3, C2, C3, D1

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff. 

Vitae (Vitae is a national organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through supporting their professional and career development.)


To apply for a place please express interest to 

Please note that if you are offered a place on the course you may be asked to pay a £50 refundable deposit, be expected to attend the workshops in full.

When registering for this course, please check our Terms and Conditions.