Fellowship Application Support Programme
The programme is designed to help postdocs write their fellowship application.
- a series of 9 online training videos: "Introduction to fellowships", "Finding a fellowship", "Tips for a successful application (what to think about before starting to write)", "Research proposal", "Impact and dissemination", "Institution and support", "Finance", "CV and career plan" and "Ethical considerations"
- a list of key researcher support contacts at Queen's
- feedback on the proposal draft, organised by Research Development and on the lay abstract, organised by the PDC
- a mock interview if relevant
The videos are accessible by Queen's staff and students.
Access to the videos and additional support can be granted on demand to external candidates developping a proposal to join Queen's University Belfast. The candidates would need to be supported by a Queen's academic and School as well as have contacted Research Development (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss the feasibility of their application.
Moving to a career outside academia
I'm a postdoc get me out of here!
"I'm a postdoc get me out of here!" is a series of online videos designed to help postdocs achieve career clarity so that they can pursue the right career options (even if they are uncertain what those might be).
It provides insight on career options, your strengths and values, CVs and online presence as well as how to use your research contract to get closer to your career goal... and helping you find your goal!
This course is solely composed of training videos that you can watch whenever suits you (more information and list of videos). It is designed and delivered by Dr Emma Williams (EJW Solutions), author of "What every postdoc needs to know".
The PDC offers a few free logins to this course every year; keep an eye on the PDC newsletter and emails not to miss out. To get a login for 2020, register using the button below by the 21 June 2020.
Note: postdocs who attended the "UNIque" career development programme are not eligible for this course as it involves significant overlap in content.
Development for University women
UNIque is a development programme especially designed for University early-career researchers identifying as women. It blends webinars, online training videos and activities. It is designed and delivered by Dr Emma Williams (EJW Solutions), author of "What every postdoc needs to know", freelance trainer specialised in early-career researcher development.
Participants gain life-long access to all the resources involved in the programme and, due to its flexible online nature, can train when and where suits them.
The programme notably covers career paths in and out of academia, self-reflection on personal strengths and values, networking, negotiating, applying for jobs, time and task management as well as clear goal setting and planning to "make it happen".
This programme is co-funded by the PDC and the MHLS Faculty Gender Equality committee.
Project overview and design
The Successful Researcher Roadmap
This course is designed and delivered by Dr Emma Williams (EJW Solutions), author of "What every postdoc needs to know". It helps postdocs clearly define all the aspects of their project to achieve success. It can be used for example to get a better grasp of a new project or to plan a fellowship.
Create a map of your project using a brilliant canvas adapted especially for researchers from the world of entrepreneurship. Supported by an hour and half of friendly videos broken into bite size chunks, you will look at all the building blocks to success. Each video is accompanied by an exercise to help you apply it to your research situation (more information on the content).
The PDC offers a few free logins to this course every year; keep an eye on the PDC newsletter not to miss out. To get a login for 2020, register using the button below by the 15 May 2020.
Feedback from QUB participants:
"The course gave me the opportunity to step back from my project and think about it in more detail and the wider picture rather than just focusing on the particular task I am currently working on. I think this course is particularly useful at the beginning of your research career and also I think it would be good for phd students. It also made me think about fellowship applications which was very beneficial. Overall I would definitely recommend the course and feel this is a tool that could be used over and over as my research career progresses. Thank you for the opportunity to participate. I enjoyed the course and definitely learnt from it." (Particpant, 2019)
Writing, publishing and reviewing
Nature Masterclasses provides online support for researchers with their writing skills and understanding of the publishing process.
The "scientific writing and publishing training" course takes users through the entire scientific publishing process, from how to write a paper, through to submission and publication and is delivered by Nature journal editors. It is provided by editors from Nature, involves bitesize lessons combining activities and videos. You will receive a certificate for each part of the course you complete. Nature Masterclasses also provides another course, "Focus on peer-review".
Feedback from a Queen's participant: "It was interesting. It helped me think about writing papers and showed me how to structure a paper and what editors are looking for which was very valuable. It was a nice balance or video, written, guidance and interaction with questions. I could do this at my own pace which was also important to me"
Queen's has a subscription to Nature Masterclasses, giving access to this online course to all staff for free, both on and off campus.
How to access the course:
- Go to the Nature Masterclasses website
- In "Login", select "login with your institutional credentials" at the bottom of the page
- Select Queen's University Belfast in the list of institutions
- Login with your Queen's login details
- Enter your email and confirm it (you will receive an email with a link to click on)
- Enjoy the courses!
Queen's staff can request free access to LinkedIn learning and benefit from an extensive range of videos.More info
Good Clinical Practice
Good Clinical Practice is delivered via an e-learning package. Access is controlled by QUB's Research Governance Team and HSC Trust R&D offices.More info
Essentials of Budgeting
This online module is provided by the Leadership Foundation for HE and helps develop an understanding of planning, monitoring and reviewing budgets.More info