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National Postdoc Conference 2023 – Outputs

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Session Recordings

Professor Dame Jessica Corner

Professor Dame Jessica Corner (Executive Chair, Research England) gives an insight into the forthcoming REF2028 and explains some of the changes we can expect, some of which are designed to change research culture in universities and consequently recognise the work of postdocs and support staff in research.

Hetan Shah

Hetan Shah is Chief Executive at the British Academy, the UK’s national academy for humanities and social sciences. In his session, he addressed the policy environment for research and the role of the British Academy.

Dr Oliver Cox and Dr Lucy Bradnock

Dr Oliver Cox is a historian and Head of Academic Partnerships at the Victoria and Albert Museum – his session explored opportunities for using the skills developed through PhD and postdoc level research in new contexts adjacent to academia. Dr Lucy Bradnock’s expertise lies in American art, art criticism, and curating from 1950 to the present day. During her talk, she discussed the importance of the postdoctoral voice in shaping and leading institutional research culture and strategy, and shared thoughts about supporting researchers in the transition from doctoral to postdoctoral research in ways that benefit both individual researchers and local and institutional research communities.

Visual Summary of Sessions

Some of the sessions were captured in these drawings by visual artist Tanya Gleadow. Professor Dame Jessica Corner of Research England.

Thinking beyond academic careers for postdocs with Rachel Bray and Susan Black.

Dr Antonia Liguori presents storytelling as a means to communicate your research.

Francis Burstow shares UKRI views on how best to support postdoctoral researchers to meet their potential.

The C-DICE fellows’ workshop on preparing for a fellowship application, by those who have been successful in their applications.

Self Reflection Logs

Making time and space for reflection enables an individual to improve both professionally and personally. We, therefore, encourage all NPDC23 participants to use this document to reflect on learnings from the NPDC.

This logs are entirely self-directed and personal to you. Our hope is that by providing these logs, you will be able to delve deeper than just ‘what happened’ during the fast-paced sessions, enabling you to think about what actions on your part are needed to make the difference.

Virtual Poster Gallery

To view the virtual gallery in full screen mode, click on the three dots on the slide bar and select enter full screen.

NPDC23 World Café

As part of our on-line delivery for NPDC23 we held a virtual World Café method bringing together post-doctoral researchers to explore career opportunities across a broad employment spectrum, share ways to increase the impact of postdoc research, and discuss how best to enable postdocs through the work environment. We invite you to add your thoughts to this Mural board, so we can create a living collaborative dialogue on how to empower postdocs through the work environment.

Introduction to the Researcher Concordat

Understanding the impact of Researcher Networks

Online Researcher Concordat Round-Table

During this recorded virtual round table event led by the Postdoc Futures group, we had an open and frank discussion about how the Concordat is working in practice and share good practice from different universities.

How to design a workshop.

Hints & tips for presenters.