Wish I’d said that

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Academic, Career | No Comments

You know that moment when you walk away from someone at a conference feeling that you’ve made a bit of an arse of yourself and then realise with dazzling clarity what you SHOULD have said? This post is about that. At a workshop today at Glasgow University, we were discussing reputation, profile and generally having […]

Enterprising Women

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Academic, Career, Equality | No Comments

This page supports the Enterprising Women programme which I run at the University of Edinburgh and which was developed by myself and Janet Wilkinson. Here’s where I’ll post useful links and any ideas which connect to the themes that we looked at on the three days. For those of you who haven’t attended the course, […]

A badge of honour?

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Academic, Career, PhD | No Comments

Yesterday I spoke at the “Taking Control of your Career” event for the Institute of Physics (there’s another blog based on the day here). The event was aimed at young female physicists and it’s perhaps inevitable that the topic of imposter syndrome came up. As I listened to the first speaker, Dame Professor Athene Donald […]

Resources for new and aspiring principal investigators (PIs)

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Academic, Career | No Comments

This blog post contains the resources and links that I most commonly send on to academics and senior researchers who attend a training day I run on developing successful academic careers. The collection of links might seem a little eclectic as they stem from the discussions we have at these workshops, but I refer people […]

Networking – benefits for young researchers

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Career, PhD | No Comments

This blog post is principally written for the PhD students who attended the SULSA Young Scientists’ Event in May 2013. However, the links and themes will be relevant to any researcher interested in developing their networking, collaborative and communication skills. This is the first post which will focus on networking. I’ve previously blogged on the […]

The Power of Positive People

Posted by on Mar 16, 2012 in Academic, Career | No Comments

I’ve spent most of this week where I spend a lot of my time – in UK universities working with research staff and academics. I’ve had lot of conversations about various aspects of academia and careers but two really stand out. One was with an insti…

Reflections on FOM Young Scientist Day

Posted by on Dec 2, 2011 in Career, News | No Comments

I spent the day at the FOM Young Scientist Day which aims to give young physics researchers in the Netherlands the tools they need to manager their careers effectively, be they academic or otherwise. I ran a workshop on academic career development…

Confident Networking

Posted by on Nov 28, 2011 in Academic, Career, PhD | One Comment

The natural networker is at an advantage in the modern world where relationships and connectivity are so vital. The rest of us can reflect on the behaviours and habits of life’s “schmoozers” and apply these to improve our own personal impact. This…

Social Media: Need convincing?

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Academic, Career, PhD | One Comment

Today I’m working with a group of researchers the value of social media to their careers and doctoral training. A short workshop can only scratch the surface, but hopefully in this post I can point to a range of sites and share my thoughts on why …

Social Media and your Career tamed

Posted by on Sep 27, 2010 in Career, PhD | No Comments

After a lot of research (most of which was a classic display of displacement activity) I’ve finished the first draft of a short workshop on “Social Media and your Career”. It’s taken a lot more preparation than many of my workshops because I felt …