Career workshops and Events for Spring/Summer 2016

We offer a range of new, and continuing opportunities for those preparing for their career, including a new workshop on Entrepreneurship and a new programme to share your research in local schools this summer.

Note (24 March) The booking system is currently experiencing technical problems and may be off-line for the foreseable future. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. In the meantime please contact if you wish to enrol on courses in the coming week

As a result many of the links below will not work, so we cannot provide further details on the listed courses, except that orgnised by the Careers & Employability service

Firstly: what do you want from us in terms of career provision?

Please can you spare about 5mins to complete this short survey? You responses will be used to inform both the future provision offered by  PGR Development and the Liverpool Doctoral college in terms of workshops, placements and other events.

>>  Access Survey

Upcoming workshops

The following workshops are now open for booking to all PGRs at Liverpool:

Careers specific:

Building a Successful Academic Career – 18th March pm
Introduction to Entrepreneurship, 15 April
Career Management  3rd March
Developing Networking skills   21st April
Developing your Interview Skills   28th April
Making an Impact at work  18th Feb 2016   –  5th  May
Making Academic Applications  25th Feb 2016   –    12th May

MBTI session for research students 14th April – organised by the Careers & Employability service – book through the CareerHub 

Postgraduate Research (PhD/MRES) students: 30 minute guide to improving your CV – 18th Feb, 11th March – booking open in the CareerHub one week in advance.

Career related skills:

Getting your work published –8th March am
Introduction to Project Management (2 one day sessions) 12 April and 13 April

And there are also Viva sessions:

Viva Survivor (half day sessions) 29th Mar 2015  am and 29th Mar 2015   pm

Career Planning:

The last online course this academic year for those wanting to develop a personal career plan starts on the 12th April.

>> further details and registration (Registration is through Liverpool Life)

You can access the PGR Development Career Management Skills Resources independently of all courses and workshops.

Placements and other Opportunities

Teaching opportunities in local Schools: Working with Widening Participation and the Brilliant Club   we can now offer a new programme for teaching short sessions in schools, to introduce your research to secondary school pupils. For further information please come to the opening event:

Widening Participation and Outreach Team2nd March at 10.30am,   Widening Participation Office, 502 Mount Pleasant

The Liverpool Doctoral College has recently announced the LDC Pilot Placement scheme . through this you can apply for a £500 bursary to undertake a placement outside of academia. See   the LDC intranet for further details. The deadline for applications is 29th February 2016.

Are you close to finishing and would like an opportunity to try teaching in a school, whilst retaining one day per week off-timetable to work towards disseminating subject expertise, promoting research practice and championing university access?

>> RIS Researchers Brochure 2016

The Researchers In Schools is now recruiting for placements in Sept 2016 and has enhanced enumeration rates for those in maths, physics and engineering

Doctoral Placements Scheme: applications now open & have your say

The Liverpool Doctoral College is introducing a pilot scheme where PGRs are invited to apply for a £500 bursary to undertake a short placement outside of academia. Students may make an application with a partner in mind and put them forward in a competitive process by 29th February 2016. Placement activity will take place from 21st March 2016 – 31st July 2016.

Placements may have many benefits. In terms of employability it is a chance to develop contacts and gain insights into an environment you may not otherwise experience, helping to shape your career path. Placement activity may also influence your current or future research gaining new skills and fresh perspectives in developing your PhD. For full details on how to apply for a LDC placement bursary may be found, please visit the following link:

More to follow

During March there will be a chance to apply for a ready formed placement opportunity for second round of applications for this competitive scheme.

Have your say on placements and our careers provision

The LDC and the PGR Development welcome your feedback on what you’d like to see embedded into University of Liverpool careers provision. Please fill out a short questionnaire, which should take no longer than 5 minutes of your time; it will be used to let us know what you’d like to see in terms of University of Liverpool placements and careers provision.  To access the questionnaire, please click on the link below:


Guest blog by:

-Nicola Pugh, LDC Placements Project Officer