Preparing for your future career – opportunities in Autumn 2016

Below we describe a range of opportunities, workshops and courses, to help you plan and gain relevant experience for your ongoing career. These opportunities are available to all PGRs at all stages of their degree. This year we are pleased to introduce  career-focussed webinars delivered by an external consultant.

Career day at the LDC Researcher week

 The LDC Postgraduate Researcher Week has a careers focus on Friday 14th October with sessions that include ‘What the statistics say & PGR development opportunities’, ‘What come next? PGR Careers’ and ‘Starting up! An introduction to Enterprise’.
>> Further details and registration

Career Planning:

The next online course this academic year for those wanting to develop a personal career plan is APRC101, running from 24th October – 5 December 2016.

>> 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.

Workshops and Webinars

Please follow the links for further details and to book a place on the following workshops:

Career Management  20th Oct am >> Registration form
Developing Your Interview Skills 3rd Nov am >> Registration form
Developing Networking Skills  3rd Nov pm >> Registration form
Making an Impact in Work  24th Nov am >> Registration form
Making Academic Applications 8th Dec am >> Registration form

We also provide two new webinars in this area:

Using LinkedIn to manage your Career 3rd Nov 1:30 – 2:30 pm
>> Registration form

Developing Effective CVs & Applications 8th Dec 1:30 – 2:30 pm
>> Registration form

In addition,  the Careers & Employability service provide the following workshops:

Postgraduate Research (PhD/MRES) students: 30 minute guide to improving your CV –
21st Oct  11:15 am
15th Nov  12:15 pm,
30th Nov  2:15 pm,
15th Dec   2:15 pm,
– booking will open via the CareerHub one week in advance.

Placements and other Opportunities

The Liverpool Doctoral College is continuing its  Placement scheme in 2016-2017. Further details will be provided in LDC Researcher week. See  the LDC intranet for further details.

Teaching opportunities in local Schools: the University of Liverpool Widening Participation are working with the Brilliant Club, to offer a part-time placement opportunity to teach   short sessions in schools, to introduce your research to secondary school pupils. For further information please come to the next introductory  event:

Widening Participation and Outreach Team17th Oct 1pm  Careers and Employability centre, 150 Mount Pleasant.

The Brilliant Club – Tutor Information session 17th October

1 -2 pm 17th October,
Careers and Employability centre, 150 Mount Pleasant

Please email Ben Toleman at  email  at to confirm your attendance.

The Brilliant Club Placements: A paid opportunity for PhD researchers to teach their own research!

Widening Participation recently engaged in a pilot project with the Brilliant Club to support a new school based Outreach programme and are now offering places on an extension of this programme.

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small tutorial groups of high-performing pupils in schools that serve communities with a low participation rate in Higher Education.

Tutors are placed in a school to work with two groups of four or six high-performing pupils, delivering a series of tutorials that takes them beyond the curriculum and help to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition necessary to secure places at top universities. Tutors will be supported by a training programme consisting of two full-day sessions and will accompany their pupils on a university trip, which will include their introductory tutorial.

In addition to earning £450 per placement, successful candidates will gain valuable teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of the UK education system and develop a programme of tutorials drawing on elements of their own research with a chance to disseminate it to a non-expert audience. As well as this, they will also join a cohort of like-minded researchers who are interested in widening access to highly-selective universities.

If you have any queries please contact Ben Tolemon, Widening Participation at