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    SPIRAL - Researcher Careers: Non-Academic Careers in Higher Education
    Provider   Organisational and Staff Development Unit

    This seminar event will explore the career paths and current roles of a number of speakers having moved from a research background into non-academic roles in higher education. Come along to learn more about different types of careers!

Duration 1 hour 30 mins

Course Type Webinar

Booking Status Waiting List

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Target Audience: Research staff members and any staff looking to explore their career options

This is a live online event. 

The Researcher Careers seminar series aims to explore different career paths open to postdocs and others with a research background. Hosting speakers from a variety of contexts, backgrounds and roles, you will have the opportunity to hear more about their careers and how they moved from their research background into other professional contexts.  


This session will be focused on non-academic roles in higher education, and we will hear from the following University colleagues about their exciting career paths and current roles: 

  • Dr Alison Robinson who is a Business Development & Translation Manager at Strathclyde’s Centre for Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation (CMAC). With a background in medicinal chemistry, Alison has experienced a variety of roles in her career, from postdoctoral research and researcher development to strategic research & knowledge exchange management as well as business development. 
  • Dr Helen Young who is Strathclyde’s Research Policy Manager in the Research & Knowledge Exchange Services (RKES). Having worked in international development policy and advocacy for over a decade, Helen commenced her career in higher education with an MRes in Historical Research and an ESRC-funded PhD in Social History. She subsequently took on a professional services role in research policy, then became a postdoctoral research fellow for a year before moving back into research policy.
  • Dr Stephanie McKendry who is Strathclyde’s Head of Access, Equality & Inclusion, working in the Student Experience Directorate. Steph has over ten years’ experience teaching and researching in higher education, before she moved into a Professional Services role that allows her to apply her research interests around inclusion and widening access into practical initiatives.

The event will start with short presentations from each of our speakers about their background and current roles. This will then be followed by time for questions and further discussion. 


Course Outcomes/Objectives:

Participating in this event will provide you with opportunities to 

  • learn more about the diversity of careers open to someone with a research background, 
  • find out about what specific jobs in different careers sectors look like from someone with personal experience, 
  • discuss career options beyond the academic route with peers.   



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* charge to your Department / School if you do not attend your place on the course. There will be no charge as long as you cancel your booked place before the event or notify our staff at osdu@strath.ac.uk that you can no longer attend.

A Department / School is welcome to send someone else in your place if they wish without incurring a charge, providing that person has the necessary prerequisites for the course. In the case of courses split over more than one day, you are expected to attend ALL parts of the course.

*This is the standard charge for cancellation or non-attendance of a course of 1-day 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. 


Delivered By: OSDU in collaboration with University and external colleagues