Academic careers in Higher Education Panel Session (Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences)
Duration 0.5 days
Team Researcher Academy

This in person course is run by the Researcher Academy

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. 

Target audience: this session is for researchers in the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences only

Description: An opportunity to listen to a panel of academics from Arts and Social Sciences talk about how their career paths to date, the variety of academic and research roles in HE and to offer advice on how to secure that first academic role. This will be followed by a Q&A.

Aims/ Objectives:

This session will help you:
  • understand the nature of working as an academic in HE in the UK
  • understand the steps you will need to take now in order to maximise your chances of entering the sector
By the end of the session you will:
  • have an understanding of possible modes of entry into academia
  • know what your next step should be if you are considering working in this sector
  • have had the opportunity to ask questions of professionals working in the sector

Process: Talk and questions

Course Accessibility

The following table shows a summary of what is needed to participate in the course. 

If you feel you will experience any difficulties participating, please let us know via the ‘special requirements’ tab, providing as much information as possible. The special requirements tab can be completed when you book your place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at

Access seminar room on campus
Take part in group activities/ discussions
Watch and listen to the course tutor(s) and/ or other attendees
Follow presentation slides during the course
Attend the course at a specific date and time


Booking Guidelines

Latecomer policy
Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Researcher Academy or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.

Importance of booking commitment
 When booking on to a Researcher Academy short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course) or if at short notice by emailing This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. The Researcher Academy maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Researcher Academy courses and will affect considerations for Researcher Academy funded opportunities.

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