Publishing in the Humanities – Liverpool University Press and Professor Charles Forsdick (includes Lunch)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMr Anthony Cond (Liverpool University Press) and Professor Charles Forsdick will lead a  lunchtime session on Publishing in the Humanities on 9th April 2013, 12.00 – 2.30.

This event is now full 

The event is specially constructed for PGRs and will cover the following:

  • Underlying commercial factors in publishing
  • The sector as a whole (includes digital publishing, global sales, Online Authorship, etc.)
  • procedures for submitting proposals
  • what actually happens at the publishing end
  •  the shaping of an intellectual project
  • what a reviewer or series editor looks for
  • how to decide whether a book or journal is the best outlet
  • Research Excellence Framework
  • Academic perspectives on Open Access, hiring etc.

Anthony Cond is the Managing Director and Commissioning Editor (Literature & Languages) for Liverpool University Press. Professor Charles Forsdick is the James Barrow Professor of French in the Department of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies.


Northern Research Universities Survey for PGR Career Development

Dear Postgraduate Researcher,

Important Survey on PGR Careers Development

The N8 Research Partnership is a collaboration of the eight most research-intensive universities in the North of England (Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield York). The N8 aims to maximise the impact of this research base by identifying and co-ordinating powerful research teams and collaborations across the North of England.

They want to know about your career ambitions and the development opportunities you need for that all important job at the end of your studies. It’s a valuable survey as it will feedback directly to universities and industry informing them on the sort of career development opportinuties that will be of most relevance to you.

In 2012 the N8 launched the Industry Innovation Forum to create new collaborations between industry and the research base to drive innovation, competitive advantage and growth and they are now looking to expand this concept to provide leadership development and innovation and enterprise training for PhD students and post-doctoral researchers based on industry needs.
The objectives of this project are to:

  • Improve job prospects of post-graduates looking to move into industry
  • Improve understanding of business needs amongst university researchers
  • Develop closer links between industry, N8 universities, and PhD/post-doc researchers

The N8 have consulted with industry to gather their views and they are now looking to consult with PhD/post-doctoral researchers to help inform the design of the programme.  We would really appreciate it if you could spend a few minutes answering the questions in the survey found at the following link:
No personal information is collected, and the survey is anonymous. I hope to be able to report back to you on the findings of the survey along with those gathered from Industry.
Many thanks
Dr Richard Hinchcliffe

PGR Development – Optional Programme – Conference Organising Workshop

There will be a series of Optional Development events and activities in the next few months and there will be a fortnight long summer school covering a range of skills activities in July.

The first of these events is:

Conference Organising Workshop – 18th March 2013, 12.00 – 14.30  – Includes Lunch. For all budding postgraduate research organisers of academic conferences. This will be delivered by three colleagues from the Humanities and Social Sciences who organised the highly successful conference Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology Conference: Between Life and Death: Interactions between Burial and Society in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East . The event includes Lunch! 128 Mt Pleasant.


The Workshop aims to:

  • Encourage PGRs to consider hosting a conference – this is often done by Humanities PGRs but all subject areas are welcome.
  • To discuss the benefits this will bring to their research and career prospects
    Consider the different types of conference that can be organised, and enable PGRs to select the right event for them.
  • Share the practical experience of organising a conference to inspire PGRs who are considering it themselves for the first time.
  • Demonstrate to PGRs how organising a conference can help them develop transferrable skills, including project management, team working, marketing, public speaking and networking

The event will cover the following:

  • Choosing a Theme for your Conference
  • Budgeting
  • Funding
  • Marketing
  • Choosing Abstracts
  • Legal Considerations
  • Finances