Your Research Career in a Challenging Environment

University of Manchester Research Staff annual conference 2011

Alan Turing Building

Thursday April 14th 2011, 09.30-17.30

We’re now taking bookings for this year’s Research Staff Conference, which will take place in April. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Your Research Career in a Challenging Environment’ and, while we will be thinking a bit about how to ride out the recession, we’ll also be thinking about other challenges that researchers face – after all, academia can be a challenging environment at the best of times! You can see a list of all of the workshop topics and presenters at the conference website (details below), but the areas that we’ll be covering include:

  • Challenging stereotypes in academia (facilitated by Prof. Helen Gleeson and Prof. Aneez Esmail, Associate Vice-President for Equality and Diversity)
  • The funding challenge: an insider’s guide (facilitated by Dr. Alex Hulkes, EPSRC and Dr. Ken Emond, British Academy)
  • Assertiveness in challenging situations (led by Vox Coaching)
  • Thriving through University changes (led by Dr. Caron King)
  • The challenge of engaging with the media (led by Myc Rugglesford)

In addition to the workshop programme, you’ll also have the opportunity to hear from a panel of successful academic and research staff, who will explain how they have overcome one particular challenge in their career (including winning fellowships and balancing work and life).

Careers advisors will be offering short one-to-one consultations to help you to plan your career or improve your CV (sign up on the day), the Universities and Colleges Union will give a short talk on how they can support researchers in these challenging times, and several services and projects from around the University will be on hand to explain what they do and how you can make use of them during your time here. You’ll also be able to hear about and shape the newly formed University of Manchester Research Staff Association, which is  in its early stages of development.

For the first time we’re also inviting some Research Staff from other Universities in the region to attend, so you’ll have the chance to network with colleagues both within and outside of Manchester and get to hear what it’s like to be a member of Research Staff at a different institution.

There will be loads going on, so we hope that a range of Research Staff at all stages of their careers and in all disciplines will feel that it is an efficient use of a day.

Places are limited, so ensure that you book yours soon. You can find more information, and book at:

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