Beyond research? Insights on the 'other side' of academic work in the UK university system

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


For most UK-based academics, research accounts for between 10% and 40% of their academic workload. Yet we rarely talk to our doctoral students about the other part of the job. The workshop aims to fill this gap and provide some frank but useful insights on the ‘other side’ of academic work. This workshop should appeal to doctoral students, especially (but not only) those nearing completion, who aspire to an academic career and/or will soon be applying for their first academic post. The session will begin with a discussion of the UK academic business school job market, noting the diversity of academic roles and institutions in the UK system and looking at some examples of role descriptions and recruitment criteria for 'entry level' lecturer posts at research-intensive and ‘teaching factory’ universities. Participants will be encouraged to self-appraise their readiness for such roles. Subsequently, the session will explore some key considerations in 'module design and delivery' - a important but under-rated competence, needed to secure and survive an academic post. It will discuss: the module coordinator role, key module design considerations, the principle of ‘constructive alignment’ and the thorny issue of teaching evaluations. Participants should leave the workshop with a better of idea of what else academics do, beyond research, and what they will need to understand to get and keep their first academic post.
Period13 Oct 2021
Event titleQueen's Management School PhD Seminar Series
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionLocal