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1 What next? Planning your doctoral career

2 There’s more to life than your thesis… Or, your research degree as personal and professional development

3 Maximising your ‘academic capital’ “In general, there are three types of academic capital that every doctoral student needs to gain if she wishes to become a lecturer or postdoctoral fellow. These are (1) publications, (2) teaching and (3) networking.” Eddy, M D (2006). Academic Capital, Postgraduate Research and British Universities: A Bourdieu Inspired Reflection. Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies, 6:1,

4 Tips for identifying and building your academic capital Can you answer…  “What is it, in one phrase, that describes what I’m researching?”  “What is the most original aspect of my research?” What are the ‘hot topics’ in your field (research and teaching), and how does your own work relate to these? Practice makes perfect…

5 Reviewing the big picture Eddy’s (2006) ‘academic capital graph’…  How does it all fit together?  Where might it lead you?  In which direction(s) might you lead it? Networking Publications Teaching

6 Research skills programme aims To provide practical, subject- specific support for sharpening skills in researching, writing, presenting & publishing To offer regional networking opportunities To relieve the sense of isolation To identify & develop transferable skills

7 What have we learned? What were the key points for you? What are you going to do as a result? What (if anything) would you like us to do?

8 Thank you for taking part! Please stay in touch: Rebecca O’Loughlin (Theology & Religious Studies): Clare Saunders (Philosophy & HPS): Subject Centre for Philosophical & Religious Studies Department of Theology & Religious Studies University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Website: Tel: Fax:


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