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Exhibition of Creative Practice: John Grayson

Enamel | Substrate Enamel | Substrate –Revaluing lost craftsmanship Monday 26th November 2018 – Friday 18th January 2019 Closing Celebration with Artist Talk | Thursday 17th January 2019 6pm – 8pm Book your free ticket HERE We are delighted to...

Applying for academic jobs

Applying for academic jobs: Seven choices to make by Sophie Coulombeau, Lecturer in English Literature, Cardiff University This post first appeared in on Sophie Coulombeau’s blog on September 24, 2014. Yesterday I had a chat with postgraduate students in my new...

Educating Ali

Educating Ali The following blog is by Dr Ali Haggett. Ali writes about her experiences of academia and her transition out of academic life and work. You can follow Ali's blog here. The 21st September 2018 was my last day working as an academic at one of the UK’s top...

A Day in the Life of a Research Professor

A Day in the Life of a Research Professor   David Roberts   5.30am: Wake up. It’s an old habit from my days of (a) commuting from West Worcestershire to Birmingham and (b) knowing I had to get into the Dean’s Office at 7am to do emails, sign forms and say hi to...

Routes out from the PhD: plans and provocations

The following is a plan and provocation for thinking about 'routes out' from the PhD in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.   ‘Routes out’ from the PhD might be interpreted as an instrumental and reductive term. Its utterance could very well make one want to...

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

See here for a recent review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (“the Concordat”) is an agreement between funders and employers of research staff to improve the employment...

Top tips for writing your PhD research proposal

Top tips for writing your PhD research proposal By Prof John Mercer   We all know that feeling. You’ve finally made your mind up that you want to take the next big step – whether that’s a new job or going back to uni to do a postgrad degree. The only problem is...

Media Insight Training: Dan Thurley

As someone who works on the ‘other side’ of the media in a purely technical capacity coordinating live shots for TV news, I found some of Simons ‘war stories’ really, interesting and it opened my eyes to a journalistic side I hadn’t considered before and so I found...

Happy new (academic) year!

A huge welcome to all our new and returning doctoral researchers! The PGR Studio team have been busy planning an exciting programme for the next year and are also excited to announce our PGR Studio booklet! The booklet includes our manifesto of researcher development,...

PGR Opera: Quilt Song by Susie Self

All PGRs are invited to the premiere of Susie Self's new opera, Quilt Song. The opera is part of Susie's PhD work at BCU and offers a challenge to traditional operatic forms and styles. The opera takes place at The Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham on Friday the 19th and...

Early Career Survival Guide

In view of the mounting challenges facing early career academics after the PhD, Dr Derek Dunne (Cardiff University) and Dr Toria Johnson (University of Birmingham) have compiled this online survival guide. The guide includes a range of resources, useful for those who...

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