Research staff broaden their horizons at a regional career management event

On the 18th of December 2013 we hosted the Broadening Horizons event at the University of Liverpool as part of the Liverpool Research Staff Development Programme.

32 research staff (primarily postdocs) from the north-west region (Universities of Liverpool, Manchester, Liverpool John Moores and Manchester Metropolitan) attended a full day event and were involved in activities providing them with the opportunity to reflect on their career aspirations within and outside academia. The event endorses the 2008 Concordat to support the career development of researchers, namely by demonstrating the importance for researchers to be proactive in planning and pursuing an engaging and rewarding career.

Structure of the event and feedback

During the event, participants were assigned in groups of between six and seven members and they participated in activities that provided opportunities for discussing career options with their peers, reflecting on their current role and developing personalised strategies to pursue their career ambitions. Throughout the day, participants were encouraged to be open-minded in their plans whilst remaining realistic and being supported by their peers and tutors.

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Liverpool celebrates the first Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Dr Susanne Voelkel, from the School of Life Sciences, has become the first member of Liverpool University staff to achieve Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Fellowship of the Academy provides national recognition of experience and expertise in learning and teaching in Higher Education in four separate categories.  Senior Fellowship is awarded to those individuals who demonstrate successful professional practice, including coordination, support and supervision of the learning and teaching activities of others.

The award of Senior Fellowship of the HEA is well-deserved recognition of the significant contribution that Dr Voelkel makes to learning and teaching in her own Faculty, as well as across the University. Dr Voelkel said:

“Obviously, I am thrilled about obtaining Senior Fellowship! It feels great to get external recognition, and it will be useful as evidence of my achievements for my future career. Writing the Senior Fellowship application was a good opportunity to reflect on my teaching practice and educational research and this has encouraged me to step up my engagement with external groups”.
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