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#ECRday2022: Two days of online AHSS focused talks exploring opportunities after the PhD

This event will be most useful to those from an Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) background however, those from outside these areas are more than welcome to come along!

Past Event

May 5, 2022 - May 6, 2022
09:20 - 17:30


Graduate students and early career researchers are warmly invited to join #ECRday2022 which comprises two days of online talks exploring life after the PhD. We’ll discuss a broad variety of topics over the two days including working on a group project, applying for specific funding schemes, visas, working with the media and moving to careers beyond the academy. This follows the success of last year’s #ECRday2021. 

Find out more about last year's event and watch event recordings

This event will primarily focus on postdoctoral fellowship schemes in the UK, Ireland and Europe and will be most useful to those from an Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) background however, those from outside these areas are more than welcome to come along! The programme is structured to allow plenty of time for questions and discussion.

With the permission of speakers, we aim to record these sessions and make them available online after the event.

This event is FREE to attend and will be held via Zoom. Tickets are limited so early registration is advisable to avoid disappointment!

This event has been organised by Dr Alison Garden and the #ECRday2022 team, with support from Professor Ramona Wray, the Queen’s University English Department, the QUB Postdoctoral Development Centre and the Queen’s University Belfast Research Culture Seed Fund. Alison would like to thank all those involved for their assistance and support.



Thursday 5 May 2022


9.20 am - 11.00 am: The Early Career Journey

  • ‘Making the most of your PhD’ - Rebecca Rutherford, Graduate School, Queen’s University Belfast
  • ‘Maximising opportunities as a Postdoc’ - Dr Alice Dubois, Postdoctoral Development Centre Manager, Queen’s University Belfast
  • ‘Support for Fellowships’ - Paul Monahan, The Fellowship Academy, Queen’s University Belfast
  • ‘From PhD to Permanency’, Dr Sarah Arens, Lecturer in French, University of Liverpool

11.30 am - 1.00 pm: Mind the gap: what happens after the PhD?

  • ‘Teaching fellowships & fixed-term contracts’ - Dr. Deidre Flynn, Mary Immaculate College
  • ‘Visas for non-UK & EU residents’ - Dr. Hailey Bachrach, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Roehampton
  • ‘Finding money and applying for grants’ - Peter Stephenson, Research and Enterprise, Queen’s University Belfast

1.00 pm - 2.00 pm: Lunch

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm: British and Irish Postdoctoral Fellowship Schemes

  • ‘The Leverhulme Trust’ - Dr. Noreen Masud, University of Bristol
  • ‘Irish Research Council Enterprise scheme’ - Dr. Stephen O’Neill, Trinity College Dublin/Irish Museum of Modern Art
  • ‘The British Academy’ - Dr. Rasika Ajotikar, SOAS

4.00 pm - 5.30 pm: European Schemes

  • ‘German Schemes’ - Dr. Anna Pilz, University of Edinburgh
  • ‘Marie Curie Fellowships’ - Dr. Shonagh Hill, Queen’s University Belfast
  • ‘Swedish Research Council’ - Dr. Shuangyi Li, University of Bristol

Friday 6 May 2022


9.20 am - 11.00 am: Project postdocs and engaging with policy makers

  • ‘Tips from a Principal Investigator (PI)’ - Dr. Tom Hulme, Senior Lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast
  • ‘Working as a Postdoc on a group project’ - Dr. Ruth Coon, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast
  • 'Research beyond University: Engaging with Policymakers' - Dr Yassin Brunger, Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast

11.30 am - 1.00 pm: Getting the open-ended lecturing position

  • Dr. Leanne Henderson, Lecturer in Education, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr. Sarah Sharp, Lecturer in Scottish Literature, University of Aberdeen
  • ‘Preparing for Interviews' - Professor Mark Burnett, Queen’s University Belfast

1.00 pm - 2.00 pm: Lunch

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm: Writing for diverse audiences, 'impact' and engaged research

  • ‘Working with the media’ - Dr. Fariha Shaikh, Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham
  • ‘Impact for REF and beyond’ - Dr. Caroline Magennis, Reader, University of Salford
  • ‘Engaged Research and working with the public’ - Dr. Maurice Casey, Research Fellow, Queen's University Belfast

4.00 pm - 5.30 pm: Beyond the University

  • Dr. Tara McEvoy, Press Officer at Pushkin Press
  • Dr. James Bailey, Arts Council England
  • Dr. Lucie Whitmore, Fashion Curator, Museum of London
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