• Training Room

    SPIRAL - Growing Up in Higher Education
    Provider   Organisational and Staff Development Unit

    ‘Growing Up in Higher Education’ is an event series focusing on the unofficial stories behind successful academic careers. Each session invites a different speaker to discuss and reflect on their career journey – examining doubts, struggles and detours as well as successes.

Duration 1 hour

Course Type Live Stream

Booking Status Waiting List

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Target Audience: Research and early career academic staff

Come and join us to hear from fellow researchers and learn about the different experiences of the research career pathway, featuring the ups and downs of an academic vocation!  

In this event, you will hear from Prof Melanie Stefan, Professor of Neurophysiology at the Medical School Berlin, discussing their journey in higher education. Prof Stefan is an advocate of keeping a ‘CV of Failures’, proposing that a visible record of your rejections can help the research community to deal with the inevitable setbacks. 

This series is based on an activity first started at New York University by Wei Ji Ma and Cristina Alberini and now running at several institutions worldwide. Each session is focused on a particular member of staff and the story behind their “official CV” – examining the doubts, struggles, detours and failures throughout the stages of their career. 

Course Outcomes/ Objectives;

  • Learn from the experience of others in higher education 
  • Reflect on your own academic journey: the good, the bad and the ugly! 
  • Meet other researchers at Strathclyde  
  • Share your experience with peers  

Related materials/links;

The Researchers’ Group: https://www.strath.ac.uk/hr/learninganddevelopment/researchstaffdevelopment/researchersgroup/  

Other Researchers’ Group Events: https://www.strath.ac.uk/hr/learninganddevelopment/researchstaffdevelopment/researchersgroup/events/  



We are committed to ensuring our events and courses are accessible to all staff. If you feel you have a disability, health issue, or neurodivergent condition that may affect your ability to access, participate or engage in this course, please get in touch with us at osdu@strath.ac.uk to discuss your specific support requirements.


Cancellation Policy

When applying for a course, you should note that there will be a £50* to your department if you cancel within 5** working days or you do not attend, and a £25 charge for cancellations/ non-attendance between 6 and 10 working days. There will be no charge for cancellation made 10 or more working days before the event. Notifications should be made to OSDU@strath.ac.uk

A department is welcome to send someone else in your place if they wish without incurring a charge, providing that person has the necessary pre-requisites for the course. In the case of courses split over more than one day, you must attend ALL parts of the course. If you fail to attend any part you will be charged as outlined above.

*This is the standard charge for cancellation or non-attendance of course of 1 days duration or less. For some courses there may be a higher cancellation charge and if this is the case you will be advised of this at the time of booking.

**Any bookings made within 10 days of the event will incur the charges as specified.

Delivered By: Prof Melanie Stefan, in collaboration with the Researchers’ Group and OSDU