Date: May 11, 2021
This course introduces postdocs to fellowship funding and the process of making a fellowship application. During the course you will learn where to look for appropriate fellowship funding, how to apply and how to prepare a written application. Additionally you will take part in a practice exercise providing insight into the writing and peer review processes. Successful applicants and panel members
from Imperial will share their experience of applying for fellowships in a question and answer session
Date: June 9, 2021
This course will introduce you to the lectureship application process. A recently successful lecturer will share their experiences of the application and interview process and a senior academic will talk about the process that is undertaken to recruit a new lecturer in a question and answer session. You will gain an understanding of the different requirements for lectureship applications, including hints and tips as to what to include in both your research and teaching statements. The course will also cover how you can highlight your evidence of esteem and ideas on how to gain further teaching experience. In the afternoon you will have an opportunity to write an application and take part in a practical exercise providing insight into the review processes
Date: June 21, 2021
This course is designed to provide postdocs with useful information to help them prepare for the next stage of an academic career. Is a lectureship the right thing for you? Are there other options? Most importantly, can you make your academic career ambitions a reality? If you want to explore the answers to these questions, then this is the course for you.
Date: August 4, 2021
While interviews for PhDs and postdocs can be fairly informal, interviews for fellowships and lectureships are quite different. In this session, you will learn what to expect for the different types of academic interviews and what the interview panels are typically looking for. You will find out what interview questions to expect and how to prepare to answer them with confidence.
Date: August 8 - 12, 2021
The purpose of a scientific article is not the mere presentation of information and thought. Rather it is actual communication. An article describing a great scientific discovery may mean nothing unless a large majority of the reading audience accurately perceives what the author had in mind. Therefore, to improve writing, we must understand how readers go about reading and interpreting texts. Such an understanding is vital for young scientific writers to ensure that their work is well received by the scientific community. The proposed workshop offers in-class discussion and one to- one conferences with participants on effective scientific writing. The goal is to develop participants’ expertise in four areas central to writing effectively.
Date: August 17 - 19, 2021
This course is designed to equip you with the skills and resources you need to achieve success as a postdoc and launch your career as a researcher. It is a three-day course for postdocs in their first two years. In a structured and supportive environment facilitated by experienced trainers, you will gain a thorough understanding of your career options and develop tools and techniques to help you set and reach a series of short, medium and long term goals to maximise your success as a postdoc and plan for your next step.
Date: September 7, 2021
Learn how to review manuscripts for journals quickly and effectively. Are you being invited by journal editors to review research manuscripts? Do you find reviewing a time-consuming, difficult or stressful activity? This webinar explains how the peer review system works, and what is expected of reviewers. It describes best practice for reviewers, based on the recommendations of 116 editors of medical, psychology, biology, chemistry, physics, maths, engineering and earth science journals.
Date: September 9, 2021
There are many occasions as a researcher where we need to be able to pitch ourselves and our research. Conferences, networking, collaborations and job interviews are just a few. It’s not good enough to be good – people need to know about it! Using your research as a starting point, we will hone a series of short pitches (oral, written, virtual communication methods) with the aim of getting people to the stage of wanting to know more about you. This half day course will also look at networking tips to allow for pitches to happen. There will be practice and peer feedback so please come prepared to join in. Participants will set up a communication action plan and actions to be undertaken whilst thinking of the “brand” they want to portray. Challenges will be personal but may include creating/updating academic social media, websites, blogs or outreach activities or creating more opportunities for face to face communication.
Date: September 15 - 16, 2021
This course is designed to help experienced postdocs (usually with two to four years of postdoc experience) to take their next career step, academic or otherwise. During the course you will be encouraged to explore your career options and develop an action plan to achieve the next step whilst enhancing your job application and interview skills.
Date: September 21, 2021
Interviews outside academia are often quite different to academic job interviews. In this session, you will learn what to expect and how to prepare for these types of interview. Whatever job you are applying for, this session will give you the tools to prepare well and go into the interview confidently to perform at your best.
Date: September 29 - 30, 2021
Research projects can be unpredictable and it is often a challenge to manage expectations; keep task timelines on track and ensure effective communication with key stakeholders. This workshop will introduce you to the practical tools that, if consistently implemented, will support you in providing quality research outputs in an efficient and timely manner. You will be introduced to PM tools and processes and people management best practice. There will be opportunities to work in small groups to practice and explore the implementation of the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK) best practice and Prince2 PM principles. You will leave the workshop with a confidence in the language and best practice of project management as well as a realistic implementation plan.
Date: October 5 - 6, 2021
Learn the skills of writing research papers for international peer reviewed journals. Many researchers struggle with writing papers. However, there are effective strategies to help you get your research papers written and published. During this webinar, through practical exercises and discussions, you will examine all the steps in the writing process, and start drafting your own paper.
Date: October 12 - December 14, 2021
The Higher Education Teaching Certificate aims to give you the opportunity to engage deeply with and reflect on your teaching practices, portfolio, and teaching journey in the higher education (HE) field. Loosely based on the in-person seminar program currently offered by Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, you now have the opportunity to explore the focus areas of pedagogy, course and assessment design, professional communication, language and culture of the classroom, and reflections on teaching – entirely online, from anywhere in the world.
Date: October 26, 2021
Academia is an ultra marathon that we try to run as a sprint. This approach tends to leave us with little time or energy for life outside of work and very few resources to cope when we face challenges. But a healthier approach to research is possible and is essential if you want to build a sustainable career in academia (or anywhere else in this fast-paced, competitive world we live in). Despite our increasing diversity, researchers tend to harbour a common chorus of voices in our heads. Voices that demand perfection, or that tell us we aren’t good enough and we don’t belong here; voices that have driven us to excel, but that also charge a pretty high tax. A tax on our emotional, mental and physical health.Yes, the environment is a contributor to the unhealthy, counterproductive lifestyle many of us live. However, we as individuals can address the way we approach academia to buffer us against stress and burnout, worry and fear, and the toxic competition we are often surrounded by. These workshops provide you with tools to increase your resilience to stress, anxiety and burnout, and to enhance your overall well-being both now during COVID times, as well as navigate everyday life and the challenges we face.
Date: December 8-9, 2021
The focus of this two half day workshop is to develop quality cognitive skills to apply to your research. We will do this by raising self awareness of your existing critical thinking and problem solving skills and then building on them to apply to research problems. The foundation of this workshop uses insights from philosophy and theory from cognitive and organisational behavioural psychology. The aim is to provide you with practice and practical application using individual and group activities.