Postgraduate Research - Careers Support

 There are a range of PhD focused career development workshops, which run in semester2.  These include:

  • Careers outside of academia
  • Planning your academic career
  • CVs non- academic/academic
  • Networking and raising your online profile
  • Successful interviews
  • Taking your PhD outside of academia – arts and humanities

Book via the Graduate School , Researcher Development Programme link here


Professional development

The University has subscribed to the Vitae Research Development Planner, which has an online course to cover all stages in the professional development planning (PDP) process.

PDP is a key component of career progression and this course has been designed and developed using resources specifically for researchers who want to make the most of their opportunities, and create new ones!

You can access the online PDP course for researchers  through Vitae.


One to one postgraduate careers consultations

Careers consultations for postgraduate students run every Tuesday morning (term time and during the summer) in the Postgraduate Centre, Graduate School.

These are self-bookable here:

Alternatively, you can always use our generic one to one career consultation and daily ‘drop in’ service –in to our Careers Office in the Student Union.  Contact us.


Getting your first lecturing job

If this is your aim, this PDF could help - Getting your first lecturing job.

It is based on the latest survey of 172 academic staff from 22 UK universities, into the steps applicants should take to increase their chances of securing their first lecturing post



  • This eBook  provides useful information on career planning for PhD students.
  • Beyond the PhD offers thought provoking personal and professional insights into life after a PhD for arts and humanities students
  • The free resources section on includes other eBooks, toolkits and careers videos to help you if you are currently looking for a new job or need advice for planning and developing your career.
  • Researchers in Schools (RIS)  a teacher training programme exclusively for participants who have, or are completing, a doctorate in their subject.
  • The Careers section of the Vitae website will help you think about your career choices, navigate recruitment processes and manage your career over the long term.
  • Vitae provide a range of resources and information regarding your Professional Development.
  • What do Researchers Do? first destinations of doctoral graduates by subject.


Useful links

  • Euraxess - a pan European initiative providing access to research jobs, funding and advice.
  • Find-a-Post-Doc -  is a specialist job board for opportunities in the UK and globally.
  • PhD Jobs - a job board from of vacancies for PhD candidates.
  • Academic Jobs Vacancies - features on also has links to useful careers-related articles written by current academics.
  • Research Gate - share your research.
  • ABERcareers– Careers service vacancy database and on campus event booking