An Academic Career

Further support - University of Manchester

Training and careers support for aspiring academics

In addition to this website, there is a wealth of support for aspiring academics at The University of Manchester. It is delivered either centrally, in Faculty, in School, or through one to one support from current academics.

Individual Schools may also offer their own support for aspiring academics. Depending on the School, this may include talks on postgraduate study for undergraduates, research vacation studentships for undergraduates, mentoring programmes for PhDs and support for those applying for fellowships and grants. Talk to your academic advisor, supervisor or Principal Investigator to find out what is available.

Key Careers Events for Researchers

The University runs two major annual events focusing on careers support for researchers.

  • Pathways - a three day programme of careers events in June for all PhDs and research/teaching staff, looking at academic and non-academic career options, offering practice in interviews and assessment, and access to employers to explore how researchers find jobs.
  • Research Staff Conference - our annual Spring conference for research/teaching staff, with keynote speakers, panels, workshops on the skills needed to be an effective researcher, the chance to talk to support and training services - and to each other.

Advice, training and support from the Careers Service

The University of Manchester Careers Service has many years of experience supporting aspiring academics at all levels, from undergraduates to postgraduates to research staff.

Details of the full range of services open to undergraduate and postgraduates are on our extensive website:

  • www.manchester.ac.uk/careers

Services to current students, and those who graduated from The University of Manchester within the last three years include:

  • One-to-one careers appointments
  • Events, talks and careers resources for CVs, interviews, career choice, finding a job and further study.  Including Year by year guide for Doctoral Researchers, How to... guides and publications such as CVs for research students and Interviews and Assessment for Researchers.
  • Specialist careers events for postgraduates, which always recognise that becoming an academic is a common ambition for many postgraduates.
  • Manchester Gold: A mentoring programme, open to undergraduates and postgraduates (and including academic mentors).
  • Regularly updated news services such as our blog, postgraduate twitter feed @ManPGCareers and Manchester University careers twitter feed @ManUniCareers.

Careers support for research and teaching staff is offered through career workshops and events, organised through Faculties, delivered by the Careers Service (see Faculty links below).

The Careers Service also organises or contributes to key annual events such as Pathways and the Research Staff Conference.


Academic and transferable skills training for postgraduates and research staff within your Faculty

Each Faculty provides skills training for postgraduate researchers and research/teaching staff.

The University operates eProg, a skills training catalogue and progression monitoring system for postgraduate researchers. Access full details of training events and courses available to you by logging on to eProg using your central university login details.

Further information on Faculty support, including training and workshops for research/teaching staff are on the Faculty websites. This support includes training in academic writing, academic publishing, teaching, grant and fellowship applications, developing a research profile and more. You are also able to keep up to date with Faculty training blogs and twitter feeds.

The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Graduate & Researcher Development

The Faculty of Humanities - Researcher Development

Faculty of Life Sciences

  • Postgraduate researchers - details of training and support available through the Graduate Training Programme is on the Faculty intranet (login required)
  • Research/teaching staff - details of training and support available through Research Staff Development is on the Faculty intranet (login required)

Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences - Research Training


Other academic and transferable skills training and support provided centrally

Other central services which provide training for researchers include: