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Salford PhD Futures 2010: Spotlight on Academic Careers

by Tahira Majothi on May 12, 2010

The sun’s threatening to peek out from behind the clouds, the petals are falling from the cherry blossom trees outside University House and there’s travel chaos abound, it must mean summer’s just around the corner!

More importantly it’s time once again for Salford University’s PhD Futures careers event. The event date is Tuesday 22nd June, the time 9.30 – 3.30, the location Salford University’s Lady Hale Building.

After last year’s incredibly successful event, we are shifting focus slightly this year and focussing on progressing onto careers within academia. If this sounds like you, be sure to mark this date down in your diary. The event is open to PhD researchers and those considering a PhD.

The day itself will comprise of 2 parallel Q & A academic career panels in the morning covering Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities and Science, Engineering and Technology, with guest speakers talking about their backgrounds and career trajectories.  For those considering a PhD, hear from those who are going through a PhD and those who have completed a PhD and survived to tell the tale!

The afternoon will then be split into a series of workshops.  Workshops include strategies on career planning, applying for postdoctoral research funding and facing academic job applications and interviews (with advice from experienced academic recruiters).

We have representatives from a number of North West Universities including Salford, Manchester, MMU and Chester giving you a breadth of experiences. This is a fantastic opportunity to network, get those niggling questions answered and to build up your knowledge of the realities of working within academia.

In the build up, I strongly advise you to revisit my colleague Fiona’s blog which included video footage from some of last year’s speakers, it will give you an idea of what to expect from PhD Futures.

The blogs and video footage cover arts, humanities, and social sciences and science, engineering and technology and non academic careers.

An intriguing event I think you’ll agree, hope to see you there this year!

Current Salford PhD should register via the SPoRT programme, if you are a Salford Undergraduate or Postgraduate student considering a PhD, please register via the Careers website. Click here to view the programme. Click here for full details of workshops to choose between.

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