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Building a Career beyond Academia: How to use your Arts & Humanities Research and Skills



The Arts & Humanities in Society Working Group of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland is holding a workshop for postgraduate students interesting in pursuing careers beyond academia. The workshop will feature speakers who have made a successful transition from doctoral research into careers outside the higher education sector. Yet they all continue to work with university academics, whether through commissioning research, supporting research careers, holding research fellowships, or teaching on a part-time basis. Dr Carver will open the workshop with a discussion of the AHRC’s strategy and approach to researcher development, while the other speakers will offer insights derived from their own experience, with a particular focus on the Scottish context. As a participant, you will be invited to reflect on the skills you are developing as a research student and the ways in which these might translate into competencies in a range of professions.


Dr Sue Carver is Head of Research Careers, Training and Peer Review at the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Dr Fiona Watson is a specialist in environmental history. She is a freelance writer, historian and broadcaster.

Dr James Bruhn is part of the Scheduling, Marine and Battlefields team at Historic Scotland. He has a PhD in British Roman Archaeology from the University of Durham.

Dr. Lucy Weir specialises in modern dance and performance studies, and is a certified teacher of Floor Barre technique. She regularly gives public talks and lecture demonstrations, and is an affiliate tutor at the University of Glasgow and visiting lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art.

Location and Practicalities:

This free event is sponsored by the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland. Please register at the following link:

Space is limited so please reserve your ticket now. The workshop will be held in the Grad Space of Glasgow Caledonian University’s William Harley Building between 11 and 3 on Monday 12 May 2014.

Lunch will be provided and a limited number of travel bursaries will be available to students travelling from beyond the central belt (Edinburgh-Glasgow-Stirling). If you would like to request a travel bursary, please email Dr S. Karly Kehoe (