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2020 RSA Annual Conference Student and Early Career sessions

Career paths for academics outside higher education

Many early career researchers find themselves at a crossroads as they finish their PhDs. They have to make some important decisions which are likely to fundamentally shape their careers. Not only will they want to build a successful career by securing a good position, finding a post where they can make a difference but ideally still be able to maintain a reasonable work-life balance.

In the light of a saturated academic job market dominated by short-term contracts, long working hours and many demands, a job outside higher education could provide an alternative to work on real-world problems, research and/or actively feed into or develop regional/urban policy.

In this career development session, policymakers, representatives of think tanks, non-HEI research centres, NGO’s, private sector, industry and managing authorities will provide an insight into their work and opportunities for academics. This session offers opportunities for participants to expand their understanding of potential non-academic employment opportunities, and to extend their networks in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

The session is open to all delegates but we particularly welcome current PhD students, Early Career Researchers (who are researchers within 5 years after completing their PhD) and policymakers and other non-academic delegates to attend.

Panel members will be announced in due to course. This session does not require prior registration.


Successful Bid Writing

Winning funding for your research ideas is not easy and there are increasing pressures on academics in all disciplines to gain grants. In the second Student and Early Career session, we will have a panel of grant holders who offer a unique insight into their success strategies to gain major grants. A session not to be missed.

This session is open to all delegates but we particularly welcome current PhD students and Early Career Researchers (who are researchers within 5 years after completing their PhD) attend. Panel members will be announced in due to course. This session does not require prior registration.

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