arts and humanities
PGR Innovation Fund project hosted by the School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University
Theme: Publication Skills Workshop – Journals
Date: 1 December 2015, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: Newcastle Mining Institute, Westgate Road, Newcastle City Centre Read the rest of this entry »
There will be an opportunity to unleash your creativity and enterprise during an Intensive Solvers Session on Tuesday 6th March 2012, 10am until 1.30pm working with award winning playwright, actress and singer-songwriter Yasmine Van Wilt.
PGRs need to be creative, enterprising, resourceful, able to solve complex problems and address challenging issues in innovative ways, build networks and win support. This Intensive Solvers Session seeks to develop your skills as a researcher as well as giving an insight into what is involved in creating a business – helpful information, if in the future you might consider freelancing, setting up a social enterprise or being self employed, based on your creativity, your research, your transferrable skills or your interests.
During the session you will come up with some creative ideas in response to some real life issues and opportunities, and create a hypothetical business to test out your enterprising skills in a friendly and supportive environment.
The problem being solved will be set by Yasmine Van Wilt, playwright, actress and singer-songwriter – and current HASS PhD student. She was a 2001 WordBridge Playwright and a 2007 Soho Young Writer. She has performed internationally for theatre and radio. She is a director and founding member of Immortalis Vox Productions. She recorded her debut album, Ex-Pat Reveries, with National Public Radio (US) in 2007 and went on to tour 40 venues in 4 countries performing music from this and her most recent album, The Big Smoke (2010). She has performed at such venues as Cafe de Paris and the George Square. Her most recent play, We’re Gonna Make You Whole was published by Oberon Books. Yasmine has numerous upcoming theatre, film and music commissions.
The Session is being led by Jane Nolan MBE, an Entrepreneur in Residence with Newcastle University Careers Service, a graduate of the School of English, a successful business woman and a current HASS PhD student. Booking: http://apps.ncl.ac.uk/pgrdp
In preparation for last week’s job interview, I read articles about the social benefits of writing residencies in prisons, re-read my application and re-read the brief they sent me. There was a wealth of information on the Writers In Prisons Network website and the interview pack they sent me contained sample questions as well as a detailed run-down of how the day would go. On the morning of the interview, I had a friend mock-interview me.
Unfortunately I did not get the job.
When I tell people I’m a writer, they ask me what my novel is about and if I have a publisher. When I tell people I’m doing a PhD in creative writing, I’m usually asked how a creative discipline functions within a traditionally academic environment. Actually, people usually ask if I think creative writing can be taught. For my answer, read this recent article in the Guardian Review by Rachel Cusk and pretend I’m there, reading it out loud and passing it off as my own words.
As a writer, there’s a clear – albeit financially unrealistic – career path: write a book then publish it. Repeat ad infinitum. As a creative practise-based academic, the boundaries over what I’m writing and why I’m writing it are much less clear, as are my thoughts about where I want to go next, and how I want to get there.
My PhD has prepared me for a career in academia but, having gone straight from my undergraduate MA Hons in English Literature at St Andrews University to an MLitt in SELLL here at Newcastle University, and then staying on for a Creative Writing PhD, I feel like I’m due a break from foot-notes.
So, for the first time since I started my PhD, I’m looking around the recession-scarred landscape to see what jobs both interested in and qualified for and trying to work out what I want to do once I’ve submitted my thesis
Over the next twelve months I’ll be finishing the writing-up process, going through my viva, and looking for paid employment. I’ll be blogging here regularly about the ups and downs of career hunting as a writer and a researcher, and what I’m doing in terms of professional development.
Viccy Adams is a final year Creative Writing PhD student at Newcastle University, funded by the AHRC. Her research examines the intersections between single-author short story collections and novels, with a particular focus on the contemporary British publishing industry.
Calling all Arts, Humanities and Cultural PhDs! Check out this great opportunity to work for Arts Research Digest
Arts Research Digest provides a unique overview of current research in the arts, media and cultural sectors worldwide. Their mission is to facilitate and promote the exchange of research and ideas between local and national cultural sectors in the UK and all over the world.
Arts Research Digest is published six times a year and they are currently looking for an online copy writer and editor to cover maternity leave!
If you think this is something you would like to do or is the kind of work experience that could kick start your career please email all enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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: www.vitae.ac.uk/ynecareersinacademia