October 17, 2017

Meeting the new Cohort

October has been very busy so far, and we are only a few days in! It is lovely to have campus full of life once again and I hope that the new and returning students and staff are looking forward to an enjoyable and productive year, I certainly am. In the IAS we have welcomed 14 new Early Career Fellows and nine new postdoctoral research fellows (on the WIRL-COFUND programme), who will be working with us in the Accolade and ACE training programmes for the next few months. Together with the fellows that are already part of the IAS community we now host 39 young energetic academics. Working with our fellows will be tremendous fun and, in some cases, quite a challenege.

Last week, we brought everyone together for a drinks reception so that the group could get to know each other. The energy in the room was fantastic as the multidisciplinary group rose to the challenge of talking to their new colleagues, some of whom know little or nothing about their subject specialisms. You can read each fellow's research profile at www.warwick.ac.uk/ias/fellows. I expect some very interesting and different ideas will form over the weekly conversations at our future meetings.

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September 25, 2017

Start of the year

I suppose I should start by telling you a little about what I do. In my role as Research Officer at the Warwick Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), I run two parallel academic skills courses for early career researchers from across the full spectrum of academic disciplines, funded on independent fellowships. The rather imaginatively named ACE and Accolade programmes bring together a cohort of 40 researchers from across Warwick to discuss the different elements that comprise being a modern academic in the UK today.

Launching an independent academic career is an extremely exciting but daunting prospect. When I reached the end of my PhD (in chemistry), I found this idea was not something I wanted to peruse with the single mindedness necessary in the current ultra-competitive market. So I decided to change my career trajectory and took up a role in research management, a position I have held for two years now. I love my work as I am constantly surrounded by researchers who are arguably at their most productive and am able to immerse myself in a truly interdisciplinary, varied and supportive culture within the IAS community.

In this blog I, and some of the researchers that I work with, will discuss the different aspects of modern academia as they arise in this year’s training programmes, and how these issues affect young academics. The full timetable for the programme for this year can be found at www.warwick.ac.uk/wirl/accolade/timetable.

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