Interesting Opportunities?

A couple of opportunities that may be of interest to some readers.

Researchers in Schools




If anyone is considering secondary school teaching after completing your PhD then this scheme may be for you.  It is a new salaried 2-year teacher training programme specifically for PhD qualified graduates and researchers to train in non-selective state schools (England only), leading to qualified teacher status (QTS).  Their website says:

Researchers in Schools (RIS) recruits and places high-calibre candidates – those with excellent communication, interpersonal and research skills – to train and then work as teachers in non-selective state schools through a bespoke initial teacher training programme (ITTP) that is exclusive to researchers who have completed, or are finishing, their doctorate. We are currently accepting applications from candidates to begin training in September 2014.

Deadline for applications is 30th May 2014.  Go to their website to find out more.

If you are interested in training to be a teacher in Scotland or other options in the rest of the UK go to the teaching section on the Careers Service website where you find useful information.


And for anyone just finished their PhD and embarking on a research position you may be interested in attending a workshop in Glasgow on International Collaboration and Networking.  It’s being organised byU21, an international network of 27 research-intensive universities across 5 continents (see their website for more details of the network) and is for early career researchers (those within 8 years of completing their PhD).

The workshop will be led by Gemma Marakas, Researcher Development Manager for U21. Her presentation will cover the following areas:

  •  Challenges/barriers faced by Early Careers Researchers
  •  Why collaborate with international partners?
  •  Funding joint research & mobility
  •  Research Visits
  •  Conferences
  •  Maintaining healthy communications

MONDAY 12TH MAY 2014, 3-5PM


To book a place, please contact Jess McDonald

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