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1 Career planning at Cardiff University 6 th UNICA PhD MASTER CLASS CAAS, Dubrovnik 2015 University

2 School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Hadyn Ellis Building Professor Ken Wann Professor of Cell Physiology & Deputy Dean University Cardiff University, UK University

3 Cardiff University

4 About Cardiff University Established 1883 Member of the Russell Group of Universities Around 2000 PGRS (fee paying for 3 years if full time: enrolment occurs in either October, January, April or July) Ranked 5 in the UK in REF 2014 Member of the GW4 (Cardiff, Bristol, Bath and Exeter: 26 joint DTPs RCUK) funded) Partnered with KE Leuven University

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8 PDP and Career Planning Sub-group Aim : To get a sense of the extent to which PGRS engage with PDP and value it, and to determine Institutional support for this, and also for career planning. Delivery: Generate a short question set to be circulated around Universities, with a turn round of one month 18 questions (2 parts) 6 questions to set the context 12 open questions 6 specific questions Respondents: 14 Institutions UKCGE Annual Conference, Glasgow 2015

9 Graduate Schools (14 staff / 11 FTE) University

10 The UGC is here to support you in your time here as a researcher. It aims to help you develop and implement a career plan. This objective is an obligation of the University when we enrol you as a PGRS, and it is one that we take seriously. Our agenda is your agenda to help prepare you for a future career in whatever walk of life you choose. This approach is embodied in the UGC programme which provides you with a unique opportunity to develop a skills base appropriate to any arena both within and outside academia. University

11 Careers lectures / workshops are delivered through the Brochure Careers Guidance (drop in appointments) Careers in Focus Career Planning (discipline specific) - inside and outside academia Planning your Career Trajectory (AHSS) Postdoctoral Research Positions and Fellowships What next? Career Planning for PhD Students Researcher to Lecturer (AGCAS) Lectureship Applications and Interviews (AHSS) University

12 Personal development enterprise teaching public engagement Personal Development Enterprise / innovation Public Engagement Teaching / mentoring Event organising Effective CV writing

13 Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) More than three-quarters of research staff responding to the Careers in Research Online Survey 2013 said they aspired to a career in higher education and around twothirds said they expected to achieve this. THES 12/09/13 University

14 The Scientific Century: securing our future prosperity (The Royal Society, 2010)

15 delivers an integrated and consolidated programme of academic-led skills development and training for postgraduate researchers assures a quality experience for postgraduate researchers co-ordinates work to build capacities and to align PGR training with University research strengths leads on providing world class facilities, both physical and virtual University

16 Narrow specialisation versus broad skills set

17 Increasing PGR awareness - Personal and Professional Development Catch the students early (at induction events) emphasise the need to stand out from the crowd (you need to lay down the foundation of your future) take ownership of your needs (build it into your research plan) develop your direction of travel research methods, presentation skills (networking), publishing, managing time and people, gaining teaching experience, organising meetings, developing new initiatives, contributing to the Institutional agenda (student voice), engaging with enterprise activities, considering internships, carrying out public outreach

18 Increasing PGR awareness - Personal and Professional Development (PDP) Have (e)systems in place to interrogate whether the student is engaging with PDP reinforce this agenda at meetings / events / workshops make it part of progression monitoring (six monthly reporting in Cardiff University) emphasise the RCUK steer on this make it part of the discussion between examiners and the candidate at the viva voce, so building it into the examiners joint report on the Thesis and the candidate indicate that this is examined in PRES (student experience a metric in league tables)

19 Increasing supervisor awareness - Personal and Professional Development (PDP) Do supervisors (academic staff) adopt any form of PDP themselves? this must come through the Institution (staff development courses) or must be generated by the staff member themselves (RDF) are there good examples from the doctoral candidates or supervisors that adopting PDP has tangible benefits? These can be shared. build mentoring of PDP into work allocation models and staff appraisals (recognition of, and rewards for this activity) Is this the domain of the supervisory team (Cardiff) or should there be another mentor involved? (pastoral versus research). Would this create a tension between what might be conceived as conflicting agendas? PRES / REF implications for the Institution RCUK a condition of funding (challenges with block grants / inter- Institutional collaborations)

20 Exploring Career Options Beyond Academia Professor K T Wann Deputy Dean, University Professor of Cell Physiology, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

21 Aims of Event Learn about the opportunities available outside academia Gain insight into career paths & entry methods Understand how your skills as a researcher can be transferred Find out what employers are looking for Network

22 Planned career destinations? Academia Medicine? Maths and Theoretical Physics? Astrophysics? History Psychology

23 14.00 Welcome Schedule for afternoon Careers Exploration Experience Tips for Job Searching (use of social media) Q&A with Speaker Panel (extra advice) Reception

24 10 things interviewers wish they could I want you to be likeable tell every job candidate I don t want you to say (immediately) that you want the job I want you to stand out (give me a hook!) I don t want you to be negative (first date?) I want you to ask questions about what matters to you I want you to ask questions that relate to the work I love when you bring a project I want you to ask me for the job and tell me why I love it when you follow up I want you to be genuine

25 Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services More than three-quarters of research staff responding to the Careers in Research Online Survey 2013 said they aspired to a career in higher education and around twothirds said they expected to achieve this. THES 12/09/13

26 Postdoctoral Research Positions and Fellowships Professor K T Wann Deputy Dean, University Professor of Cell Physiology, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

27 PhD Postdoctoral Researcher Fellowship You are the Gears of any University s Research Engine Through your research activity Universities achieve their global reputation Universities need you Make yourself attractive to them

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30 Economic and Social Research Council statistics

31 2012/13 fellowship application success rates, by fellowship type. Fellowship type No. of applications No of application awards Success rate (%) Medical Research Council statistics Clinical Fellowships Clinician Scientist Fellowship % Senior Clinical Fellowship % Clinical Research Training Fellowship % Non-Clinical Fellowships Career Development Award % Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship % Specialist Schemes Career Development Award in Biostatistics % Early Career Fellowship in Economics of Health % Methodology Research Fellowship % Population Health Scientist % Special Training Fellowship in Biomedical Informatics % Total %

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33 Enthusiasm / motivation Clarity of goals / likely impact Grant income Personal network connections to National and International players Independence Niche area but with prospects to diversify Travel Awards

34 Questions for you to address Are key criteria satisfied, and does your proposal (do you?) fit the funder s remit? What do the funders really want? (e.g. to primarily support your career development or alternatively to badge their spend through you: implications for the lay statement) What is the current success rate? Who in your Institution has been successful in this kind of application? Engage them! Who sits on the panel? Do they know your work? (N.B. lists such as ESRC Peer Review College) How do you make your application really stand out? Use Research Council websites (e.g. EPSRC guidelines and FAQs)

35 Try to think like a UK University REF 2020 (National and World league tables) Outputs Impact Environment

36 Going the Academic route advice from the top Decide on the career path (T and S or T and R) Think like a University, the 2020 agenda and their ambitions vis a vis league tables (research/income /impact/environment) Decide on the category of University? Russell group or not? Make yourself stand out from the crowd (digital skills etc) How important it is it to have worked in the US / Europe etc?

37 Getting that First Lectureship AGCAS National Research Staff Task Group

38 AGCAS Survey - Getting the First Lecturing Job (AGCAS Research Staff Task Group, December 2014) Survey (22 questions) open October to December 2012 Distributed to participants in UK HEIs through Heads of Careers and Employability Services Respondents were all experienced academic staff 172 respondents from 22 research active Universities across the UK (119 recruiters)

39 Navigating the Researcher to Lecturer route Research output (with impact / REF cycle dependent) Funding success (in collaboration or independent ) Teaching experience (HEA accreditation)

40 Getting messages out there A lead piece on Careers by the UGC Dean The Cardiff PhD - a passport to employment?

41 Getting messages out there A lead piece on time management by the UGC Deputy Dean - introducing the 4 Ds

42 Public Engagement Student Showcase

43 The end thank you for your attention University

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