Academic careers in the Arts and Humanities

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YNE Hub Careers in Academia- Arts and Humanities

11th December 2009 – University of Durham,            09.00 – 17.30

Are you considering your career options? Are you thinking about where you’d like to be… next year… in five years time? Do you want to continue working in an academic environment?

From the ‘What Do Researchers Do?’ Vitae publication we know that an average of 67% of arts and humanities postgraduate researchers take up jobs within the education sector immediately on graduation. 48% of these become education and teaching professionals with a further 27% of this group gaining Higher Education lectureships, this is considerably higher than in all other disciplines at just 14%. So it is clear that Arts and humanities postdoctoral researchers are highly likely to consider academia as a career choice. 

Like most careers, there are many elements that make up a career in academia, and you need specific skills to succeed in what can be a very competitive environment. This course is your chance to find out what really is involved, what skills and strengths it will take to succeed, and to decide if this is the career for you.

It is designed to be informative and interactive to enable you to:

  • Find out about academic career paths and options
  • Explore the skills and competencies required to succeed in academia
  • Network with people who work in the sector, to find out what it’s really like, and how to succeed.

 Programme overview

This one-day event provides participants with an insight into some of the areas that make up a career in academia.

  • Participants will have the opportunity to meet with current academics to hear about their experiences of an academic career in the arts and humanities and ask the questions they’ve always wanted to, but weren’t sure who to ask
  • Explore how to market themselves for a career in academia, both within the department, and at interview
  • Look at how to write effective grant/paper applications
  • Discover what life is like as a an early career researcher
  • Work with fellow researchers and share experiences with other participants

 To book your place on this course, please go to:


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