This section is essential but should not be inordinately long.  Your name should appear prominently at the top of your CV and many academics add the words ‘Curriculum Vitae’ as a CV header.

If you are currently employed by a university, then the address you provide on your CV would not be your home address, but rather your current employer’s address.  Remember to include the full street address and postcode (and country if you are applying internationally).

You should also include the following additional information:

  • your telephone number(s)
  • fax number
  • email address (remember, it should sound professional)
  • web address, if you have a professional web presence featuring your work.

Traditionally, academics also include personal information such as date of birth, place of birth, gender, marital status and nationality on their CVs, even though it is not required.  Employers (in the UK) normally do not ask for such details at the application stage, as it may lead to discrimination and contravene equality legislation.  Nonetheless, virtually every academic CV we reviewed when writing this website included such personal details; we believe that some traditions are slow to change.  It is your decision whether you wish to include personal information on your CV.