arts and humanities

Doctoral Training Opportunity Publication Skills

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PGR Innovation Fund project hosted by the School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University

 

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Theme: Publication Skills Workshop – Journals

Date: 1 December 2015, 10.00am – 5.00pm

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HASS Solvers Session: Unleash your creativity and enterprise!

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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

Interview Feedback

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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.

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Hello!

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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. 

Fab job opportunity!!

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Calling all Arts, Humanities and Cultural PhDs! Check out this great opportunity to work for Arts Research Digest

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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 enquiries@arts-research-digest.com

HASS Researchers Needed!

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Researchers,  improve your transferable skills by helping to lead some or all of 2 days of career and personal development sessions for HASS postgraduate students.

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Your extensive experience in the academic world is invaluable when acting as a role model for those PhD and Masters students considering their options for the future.

Dates and Times

  1. Induction for Facilitators: Nominally 13:30 – 17:00 Monday 22nd February 2010 but if you can’t make this contact me and I’ll meet you individually. c.a.m.kennedy@NOSPAMncl.ac.uk
  2.  Briefing for Participants: 13:00 – 15:00 Tuesday 23rd February 2010
  3. NICER Knowledge: 09:30 – 17:30 Wednesday 17th March 2010 and Thursday 18th March 2010  Postgraduate Training Suite, 7th Floor, Daysh Building

 

Module Outline

World class research demands innovative thinking and creative problem-solving. However, as experienced academics you know that identifying a solution to a problem is only the beginning. Can you help the next generation of researchers become NICER?

For PhD students, ensuring that their idea is meaningful to the world around them and for their solution to have an impact, an enterprising outlook and an understanding of how to effect positive change can be invaluable. The NICER Knowledge Programme, designed to foster Networked, Innovative, Creative and Enterprising Researchers… would you like to….

  • Help students to develop innovative and creative ways of moving their PhD research project or Career forward?
  • Use your insight and passion for developing creative solutions to social, economic and cultural problems to guide these students?
  • Get a new perspective on your own research and teaching by working with multidisciplinary PhD student groups to develop your skills.
  • Make an impact on your own career by gaining valuable work experience away from your project.

The induction afternoon (1) will train you fully in the pedagogy and techniques we will be using in this intensive workshop to really help HASS PhD students to realise their potential both in the academic world and in their careers.  

The initial briefing session (2) will outline the components of the programme to the participants and you will help the students to prepare for the programme itself.

The two-day intensive programme (3) You will facilitate the development of teams of PhD students. You will enhance the value of their knowledge by helping the PhDs build on their existing skills, foster new networks and explore their career aspirations. Working with a multidisciplinary team, you will be tasked with helping them to find their own an answer to a real social, economic or cultural problem. As a facilitator of these intensive sessions you will take HASS PhD students through the key stages of developing a solution, whilst exploring their own personal and professional development.

Please contact me at c.a.m.kennedy@NOSPAMncl.ac.uk for further details

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: www.vitae.ac.uk/ynecareersinacademia