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Networking and Profile Building

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are closed. This course will run in October 2022. Details to follow.

A practical Networking and Research Profile building course

This six-session workshop will cover a range of skills that will help you raise your profile, and build the networks that can help you succeed, whether your career aims are in academia or beyond it. This course is collaboratively delivered across the eight UK Higher Education Institutions (listed below) and during this workshop you will get the opportunity to network, online, with researchers based at these institutions.

This workshop is for postdocs only.

To attend this workshop, you must agree to attend all six sessions. Sessions are 90 minutes in length and run in pairs (one before lunch, one after lunch), hosted on Zoom. For 2022/23 the course will run in October 2022

  • Sessions 1 & 2 - Tuesday Oct 4th, 2022 - 10:30-noon & 13:00-14:30 (confirmed)
  • Sessions 3 & 4 - Tuesday Oct 11th, 2022 - 10:30-noon & 13:00-14:30 (TBC)
  • Sessions 5 & 6 - w/c Oct 18th. Dates/Times TBC.

A second run in the spring of 2023 is being planned. Watch the Researcher Development Newsletter for details.

This programme is a collaboration between Queen Mary University London, University of Cambridge, University of Cardiff, University of Glasgow, King’s College London, University of Leeds, University of Nottingham, and Queen’s University Belfast.


In this session we will introduce you to some theoretical frameworks that help you understand your networks and plan areas where you might consider developing them. You will also get a chance to meet some of your peers from other institutions.

This session will be co-delivered by: Tom Rusbridge (King's) and Nicole Horst (Cambridge)

This session will enable you to:

  • Define networking - what it is and isn’t and why it’s important for a range of contexts
  • Map your existing network and reflect on how it is functioning
  • Identify gaps in your network and plan how to fill them
  • Connect with other participants during and between sessions

Running time: 90 minutes

This session connects to session 1 and will help you delve a little further into developing methods of networking which are comfortable for you. During the session you will meet a range of experienced “networking regulars” drawn from the partner Universities and their networks.

Led by: Josie Grindulis (Cardiff) and Victoria Sedman (Nottingham)

This session will enable you to:

  • Self assess and build increased confidence in developing and using networking for career development .
  • Identify barriers to networking and employ strategies to overcome these
  • Evaluate the range of networking options/ practices which suit extraverts and those which suit introverts
  • Reflect how this safe space was used at the event to develop or boost your network

Running time: 90 minutes

This free-form networking session will give participants the opportunity to network with other participants from other institutions.

Kumospace is an interactive networking platform that brings together what you’ve come to expect from online interaction platforms like Zoom, but recreates it in virtual space and enables you to move around that space, interacting with others in it.

Running time: 90 minutes

Collaboration and partnering have become an expectation in many facets of the research endeavour. Whether it involves collaborating within or beyond your academic discipline or through partnering with non-academic organisations, academics are expected to form productive networking connections to further their research goals.  In this session we will help you assess the value of collaboration and partnering for your career and help you evaluate your collaboration/partnering potential, learning practical ways to help you arrive at concrete next steps to forming these connections. This session will involve a panel discussion, featuring staff from Queen’s University Belfast and Queen Mary University London staff to discuss their experience of research collaborations.

Led by: Paul Monahan (Queens Belfast) and Rui Pires Martins (QMUL)

This session will enable you to:

  • Better understand what makes a successful research collaboration
  • Begin a research collaboration and manage the collaboration
  • Plan your next steps in developing your networks and potential collaborations

Running time: 90 minutes

This session will explore how online networking can support your networking goals. We will help you review and improve your online profile, going in depth on making best use of Twitter and LinkedIn. We’ll discuss strategies to make the most of your time and resources and this session will give you a handy peer group to get you off to a flying start!

Led by: Donald Lush (King’s), Sam Oakley (Glasgow) and Ruth Winden (Leeds)

Running time: 90 minutes

In this session we will bring everything we've covered in all sessions together and feature a guest speaker. 

This session was added for the 2022/23 academic year. More information about this will follow shortly.

Led by: TBA

Running time: 90 minutes

Institutional logos from: Queen Mary University of London, University of Cambridge, Cardiff University, University of Glasgow, Leeds University, University of Nottingham, and Queen's University Belfast
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