Aspiring Academics

Much of the content of this page was developed by the Higher Education Academy’s Philosophical & Religious Studies Subject Centre (HEA-PRS). We are grateful for their support and encouragement (financial and practical) in making these resources available on our website. We hope that it will also be useful to more established academics and teachers, not least as they nurture the next generation of researchers and students.

We also welcome your feedback on the following resources, and ask that you keep us updated with relevant material to keep this a timely and useful hub of information.

As part of our commitment to supporting aspiring academics, we will also be running events for Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers throughout the year, please keep an eye on our mailing lists and upcoming events.


Getting the First Lecturing Job
This survey, undertaken by the AGCAS Research Staff Task Group, asked experienced academics to identify the key areas they would look for when recruiting for a new lecturer in their discipline. Their responses provide interesting and informative insights into academic career development.

How to Give an Academic Talk: Changing the Culture of Public Speaking in the Humanities
Paul N. Edwards
This advice on how to give an academic talk was written by an academic in the School of Information, University of Michigan, USA.

Academic Capital, Postgraduate Research and British Universities
Matthew Eddy
Discourse Volume 6 Number 1

Sources of Further Information for Career Development
Julie Gallimore
Resources for postgraduate PRS students on making the transition from PG study to employment.

Preparing for your viva
Various SocRel members
Advice on what to do (and not to do!) in preparation and during a viva.


Intute: Arts and Humanities

Intute is jointly funded by the AHRC and JISC. It is a free online service providing you with access to the best Web resources for education and research, selected and evaluated by a network of subject specialists. It also provides tools and events to enable students and academics to make the most of these academic resources; and personalised functions such as an ‘alerts’ service for new resources.

Beyond the PhD

An online career resource tailored specifically for arts and humanities PhD researchers, which has been developed by the Centre for Career Management Skills at the University of Reading. Beyond the PhD brings together audio interviews, video discussions and articles aimed at making visible what happens to postgraduate researchers after they graduate.

Vitae (formerly UK GRAD)

Vitae is funded by Research Councils UK to support the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes. Their activities include a range of events, publications and resources designed to support research students and early career academics.

Past Workshops

Details of past workshops (including resources) run by the HEA-PRS. We will also include links to the events that we run, which can also be found included in the Past Events page on this site.

Aspiring Academics Workshop 2011
Workshop: University of Leeds, 11th May 2011
The 2011 Aspiring Academics Workshop for postgraduate students considering their futures.

Aspiring Academics Workshop 2010
Workshop: The Strand Campus, King’s College, London, 20th May 2010
A one day workshop for post-graduate students and early career academics in PRS disciplines.

Aspiring Academics Workshop in Scotland 2010
Workshop: Edinburgh, 27th October 2010
By popular demand, the Subject Centre for PRS has organised an event for post-graduate students and early career academics in our disciplines, to take place in Scotland.

Workshop for Aspiring Academics 2009
Workshop: Woburn House, London, 19th May 2009
A one day workshop for post-graduate students and early career academics in PRS disciplines.

Preparing for a viva

Preparing for the Viva and what to expect (Advice from Socrel list members) After a request was posted on the mailing list for some hints and advice regarding the PhD viva examination, numerous points were made by list members, and it was decided to compile them together in the form of a dedicated page on …

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