Staying in academia
If you decide that you enjoy working in academic research, you may decide to stay in academia, carrying out further research positions and eventually becoming a lecturer. There are a few alternatives to the lectureship route.
In an academic career, you will have to compete hard for a lectureship position so it is really important that you do everything that you can to improve your chances of success. For example, the research positions you choose can be very important to your future success so it is vital that you plan ahead and make sure you know what you want.
The best thing you can do to gather useful hints and tips is to talk to successful academics in your department. Most people will be happy to be approached and to give you some advice.
Listed below are details and links for other resources which you may find useful.
- Navigating your academic career at Bristol. At the University of Bristol, we have academic pathways and academic role profiles. It is useful to have a look at these to see what skills and experience you need to acquire in order to progress. These will be similar to those that you will need whichever university you move to next. We are working on a tool to help you navigate these profiles and access more easily associated training and development.
- Teaching is something that you will need to do as a lecturer but you may not do as part of your research role. It may be useful for you to look at getting some teaching experience.
- Jobs.ac.uk has several articles on career development as well as academic job advertisements.
- If you do not yet have a PhD, you may want to consider your options in this area, including a PhD by publication. Current advice is also available from Graduate Deans.
- From lab rat to rookie lecturer is Richard Trask’s (new lecturer in Aerospace Engineering) blog detailing his first year as a lecturer.
- Just-higher-ed is a blog written by Dr Catherine Armstrong, a humanities academic in her first lectureship job.
- The Higher Education Academy provides individual academics with access to professional recognition, advice and support as well as networking and develoment opportunities. This includes special pages for those relatively new to teaching.
- If you are looking for another job within the university, the university's own jobs website should be your first port of call.
- The jobs.ac.uk website allows you to search for academic jobs in the UK and also contains useful articles and other information.
All of these books are available in the Careers Service at 11 Priory Road.
- Blaxter, Lorraine: The academic career handbook
- Graham, Barbara; Ali, Lynda: Moving on in your career: a guide for academic researchers and postgraduates
- Dee, Phil: Building a successful career in scientific research - a guide for PhDs and postdocs
- Pritchard, Peggy: Success strategies for women in science
- Delamont, Sara et al: Successful research careers - a practical guide