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How can I steer my Academic Career in my preferred direction?

A free event for early to mid-career BSA Members

31 May 2022 (11.00-15.00 BST)

About the Event

This event is aimed at BSA members who are early to mid-career and are considering where their academic career is taking them. Having completed your PhD and possibly gained some post-doctoral experience, what comes next?

The event will discuss: 

  • the relative merits of strategy and serendipity as ways of approaching career development;
  • shorter and longer term approaches to research funding and publications;
  • different paths to public engagement and impact;
  • how to multi-task when dealing with the myriad everyday demands of research, teaching and administration;
  • how to make the most of your mentor or mentors;
  • how to avoid some common difficulties and pitfalls;
  • how to make the most of the BSA and other organizational support and networks.

Speakers at the event include:

  • Gurminder Bhambra (University of Sussex, BSA President)
  • Avtar Brah (Birkbeck College, University of London)
  • Rachel Brooks (University of Surrey)
  • Sarah Burton (University of Aberdeen)
  • Graham Crow, (University of Edinburgh)
  • Shadreck Mwale (University of West London)
  • Catherine Oliver (University of Cambridge)
  • Teresa Placentini (University of Glasgow)

The organisers are also keen for attendees to have the opportunity to discuss further issues in lunchtime café groups. These optional groups will be smaller and are intended to provide an opportunity for people attending the event to meet each other more informally. Because the technical arrangements for these virtual café spaces need to be set up we invite people to identify a topic when they book. These can be on any topic but we envisage that they may include: joining a team as a junior member; getting publications from one’s PhD; applying for research funding; the peer review process (including being on an editorial board); moving between institutions.


This event is for BSA members only and is free of charge, however, registration is required.