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This blog is no more………………………….. October 10, 2013

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I am sorry to say that as of 10th October 2013, this blog will no longer be updated. All the valuable links will be transferred to the Queen Mary Careers Website by 31st December 2013 when the blog will be deleted. Thank you for reading!

Looking for health policy work? Read on about The King’s Fund (and others) April 17, 2013

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Useful blog about working in health policy from my colleague, Kate Murray at Kings College.

Career Spotlight: Working in Science Policy January 21, 2013

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Our last Doctoral Transitions event flagged up a very interesting career path – science policy!

Policy roles within the sciences play a huge part in shaping how science is viewed and used in society.

Our speaker, Dr Eva Sharpe, gave us some insight into her role with the Society of Biology, which allows her to bring together the views of learned biologists to influence the government on a range of topics. An important note to consider is the two main strains of Science Policy that you could get involved with:

  • Policy that relates to conducting science, e.g. what research is eligible
    for funding and what is not.
  • Applying science to influence public policy, e.g. research that influences policy on cigarettes or junk food

Eva put together a really useful list of links for those of you who are interested in the work she does, so if you think you could make the transition from academia to policy work have a read through some of her links!



Research Council funded internships as part of PhDs


Press and publications

Social Media

Policy jobs 

January 8, 2013

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Useful tips on making fellowship applications.

Research Staff Blog

Happy New Year all!

In this final post on applying for Early Career Fellowships, I’m going to cover some of the ‘basics’ of the application process. When I run workshops on applying for Early Career schemes, people tend to roll their eyes and/or emit loud sighs when I get to this bit, but, having seen applications for Manchester’s Simon and Hallsworth Fellowships, I am 100% certain that people still make these ‘obvious’ mistakes. So, without apology, here goes:

Before you start:

  • Check that you are eligible for the scheme that you are planning to apply for. If it says that you have to have been awarded your PhD, don’t apply until that is the case. It doesn’t matter how much of an academic star you are, your application will not make it past an initial sift if you’re simply not eligible. If, however, you have any doubts about whether or…

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December 17, 2012

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Another great blog from Claire Stocks at Manchester – tips on writing Arts, Humanities and Social Science ECR Fellowhips.

Research Staff Blog

I recently ran a workshop on writing applications for post-doc/early career fellowship applications, and thought it might also be worth committing some of the tips that we covered there to this blog. In this post, I’m going to focus on what funders want to know.

The session (and therefore the tips mentioned here) was fairly general – the aim was to give participants some sense of what funders tend to look for in this type of application (ie for early career development funding). Although there are differences between schemes, when it comes to writing the proposal, most funders (and here I mean the main funders of Arts, Humanities and Social Science research like the AHRC, ESRC, British Academy and Leverhulme) seem to want to know the same information, some of which is explicitly asked for on the application form, and some of which might not be so clear to potential…

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December 3, 2012

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Useful blog from UCL Careers.

How can you retain your intellectual identity after leaving academia? November 21, 2012

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A very thoughtful and qiute inspiring blog post on The Guardian about keeping hold of your identity as an intellectual after leaving work in university. This particular blogger gives an account of how she is able to express her academic passion without an academic job. This may be quite pertinent to many of you who are considering life outside of the academic sphere.


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Research Councils UK: Case Studies of Researchers October 16, 2012

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RCUK have recently published some case studies of individuals that have developed their careers in research. The individuals are working in a range of disciplines from Mathematics to Arts and Humanities.

These are well worth a look!

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New Book – Career Planning for Research Bioscientists October 16, 2012

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Career Planning for Research Bioscientists is an essential careers guide for bioscience doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers. It contains a wealth of information and resources specifically targeted at research bioscientists, with practical strategies to enhance career success in an increasingly competitive job market.

Advice on how to write a winning CV together with examples adapted for different jobs is presented, as well as practical exercises to assist with skills analysis and decision making.  

Profiles of PhD-qualified bioscientists in a range of professions including academic research, industry, science communication, management and consultancy provide valuable insights into how others have managed their careers, and tactics such as networking and using social media demonstrate how new opportunities can be discovered. Click here to buy the book.

September 20, 2012

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Research Staff Blog

I recently came across an interesting post by Alex Hope on the Impact of Social Sciences blog, that suggest ways in which he is having to rethink his publication strategy in light of the ways in which the REF is impacting on journals. Alex reflects on his recent experience of having a journal paper rejected less than 24 hours after submission to one of the top-ranking journals in his field, with a note that they didn’t intend to review his article at the present time because they had far more than their refereeing process could cope with. In response, Alex considers what he (and others) might learn from his experience.

You can read the full post at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2012/09/11/hope-onset-ref-academic-publishing-strategy/


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