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Research Staff Conference 2017 - University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

Friday, 12 May 2017 from 11:00 to 16:30 (BST)

Research Staff Conference 2017 - University of Glasgow

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The University of Glasgow's Annual Research Staff Conference is aimed at postdoctoral researchers and Research Fellows from all four Colleges. Please book a place and reserve your workshop choices. It's fine to flit in and out of the event, just attending the sessions you're interested in. Please just let us know when you do plan to be there so we book catering and allocate the room sizes accordingly!

11.15-12.45pm  One to one advice and short surgeries

This is the organised chaos (‘unconference’) session! 

  • Got a business idea? Chat to Converge Challenge about your ideas
  • How to win a poster presentation – bring your conference poster and get top tips from a graphic designer
  • Bold statement or straight to the bin? Bring your CV and get feedback from a recruitment consultant (who was herself a postdoc and understands the strengths you bring to the job market)
  • How to hook an editor:  bring a draft abstract for  and get feedback from journal editors or chat about the best strategies of getting your papers published.
  • Social media, digital footprint, online presence, open access – bring along your laptop and get practical advice and tips on technical issues from comms and library staff
  • Postdocs and pensions – questions answered and myths debunked!
  • Managing the monster- learn to love your data!


A1.  11-12 noon

 Understanding the US Job market (Sciences)

Dr Karen Kelsky, the Professor is in.


 Networking lunch

Make sure you tell us you’re coming!


Public engagement showcase:

What works and doesn’t work when trying to engage the public at science shows and festivals…learn from other researchers about their experiences of taking their research on tour and also find out about the exciting research taking place in Glasgow.



Make the most of your postdoc position- developing research independence:  Prof Miles Padgett, Vice Principal (Research)  
How we are supporting postdoctoral researchers at Glasgow: Dr Elizabeth Adams, Researcher Development Manager




B1. Understanding the US job market (arts)

Dr Karen Kelsky


B2.  Getting the first lecturing job (sciences)

Prof Margaret Lucas


A3. Using social media for research communication

Laura Tyler, Dr Donna Yates and James Burch



Tea-break  chat to our stallholders




B1. Postdoc to entrepreneur

Dr Mhairi Towler 
and Veronica Ferguson




B2. Thinking about a baby? 

Chris Branney and other panel speakers 


B3.  Hidden HE careers – interested in teaching?

Panel of speakers from University teaching and related positions



Wine reception and networking 


 A1 and B1:  Understanding the US job market This session is repeated, with A1 intended for researchers in the Sciences and B1 for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.  A former tenured Professor in the US will give an overview of the academic sector alongside advice on getting a US faculty job.  She will cover key differences between the US and the UK, including the structure of a PhD, types and availability of postdocs and what different types of institution are looking for.  US job ads are commonly much shorter than their UK equivalents and applicants need to know how to interpret these. This lecture will help you to recognise the kinds of knowledge that US hiring committees expect of potential applicants.

B2. Getting the first lecturing job This session is intended for researchers in the sciences. Find out how to approach the academic job application process and gain a useful insight into how you will be assessed against each of the criteria from your application, CV, cover letter and interview. What can you do now, as a postdoctoral researcher, to maximise your chances for an academic career?  

 B3.  Using social media for research communication We will look at two case studies of research communication using social media, one from an individual and one from a research institute. Maximise the time you’re investing in social media by understanding your purpose and knowing how best to reach out to and engage with an audience.  Find out about the support on offer from UofG to help you with this.

C1.  Postdoc to entrepreneur  Mhairi Towler, founder and CEO of Vivomotion, will talk about how she brought together her interests in art and science to start a science visualisation and animation company. She will be joined by Veronica Ferguson of Converge Challenge (Scotland’s leading sector specific business plan competition) who will talk about what makes a compelling business plan.

 C2.  Thinking about a baby or bringing a family to Glasgow? This is an opportunity to hear the facts concerning maternity/ paternity /parental or adoption leave. Find out about grants available during and after leave and hear from a panel of postdocs who have had this experience themselves.  Men are very welcome too!   

C3.  Hidden HE Careers –teaching  Enjoy teaching? Wondering what a University Teacher role involves and how you can get into it?  Hear from a panel of speakers in teaching positions at the University, about their own experiences and what helped them to get the job, as well as opportunities for you to develop your own teaching experience and knowledge as a postdoc.


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Kelvin Hall
1445 Argyle Street
G38AW Glasgow
United Kingdom

Friday, 12 May 2017 from 11:00 to 16:30 (BST)

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