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Vitae Open Research Resources
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Vitae Open Research Resources

Since the early 1990s, the open access movement has promoted the concept of greater openness in relation to scientific research. It’s about making research more transparent, collaborative and efficient. There are several aspects to this international drive. Vitae is a non-profit programme, part of The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Ltd with over 45 years’ experience in…

12 top tips for writing a grant application
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12 top tips for writing a grant application

Sitting down to write a grant application? Recently submitted a proposal or been successful in the last MRC board round? Building grant writing skills is a great way to help secure funding. With experience of working with various MRC boards and panels, Dr David Crosby, Programme Manager for Methodology and Experimental Medicine, has a pretty good…

I want to leave academia – what’s next?
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I want to leave academia – what’s next?

Good advice on how NOT to be an academic when you finish your PhD is pretty thin on the ground. Many supervisors have never done anything else, and/or are not well enough connected with industry to know what is ‘hot’. Careers centres at universities tend to shape their offerings around the huge undergraduate cohort, who…

From PhD to ECR
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From PhD to ECR

As a newly qualified Early Career Researcher, looking ahead to your first year post-PhD, you may be wondering what next. In this case study Georgina Collins, who has a PhD in Translation Studies, talks about her first year as an early career researcher. Georgina Collins I studied for a PhD in Translation Studies in the…

Stranger Careers Advice
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Stranger Careers Advice

By S Donaldson What did you get up to this weekend? I stayed in and binge-watched series 2 of Stranger Things. I know, I know, I’m a little behind. I could pretend the delay was due to my active social life or (more believably) because I had The Defenders and Transparent to get through first….

In praise of academic spouses
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In praise of academic spouses

This post is by Moira Hansen who is currently in the 3rd year of her Lord Kelvin Adam Smith-funded PhD at the University of Glasgow. As a graduate of both literary studies and life sciences, her research project – ‘”Melancholy and low spirits are half my disease”: physical and mental health in the life and…

Scientist Focus: Maria Tortora
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Scientist Focus: Maria Tortora

This is a cross-post from the Alzheimer’s Research UK blog Fighting dementia inspires my research There is more to being an effective dementia researcher than honed laboratory skills. New researchers need to pick up a host of skills in order to forge a successful career and have the greatest impact. This month, dementia researchers in…

First Submission to Your Supervisor
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First Submission to Your Supervisor

I’ve always wanted to do my best. To impress. More than that – to be the best. To be infallible. I wanted every one of my submissions to my supervisor to be the same. Perfect. Throughout the first three months of my PhD, I kept trying to write that perfect paper. Those frustrated attempts now…

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