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How to make your arts PhD work for you - and why public engagement is so important. (A talk I gave to research students at the University of Glasgow, 8 November 2012.)

How to make your arts PhD work for you - and why public engagement is so important. (A talk I gave to research students at the University of Glasgow, 8 November 2012.)

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  • 1. Research, Careers, and Making an Impact Karen McAulayRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • 2. Not so much a map as a travel diary! • How I got from there to here • What I did on the way • And why the direct route isn’t always best!
  • 3. Once there was a postgrad …• University of Exeter – Music Dept (then)
  • 4. College of Librarianship Wales• In pursuit of a job and a pension plan …
  • 5. UEA Library• First job
  • 6. South Shields, Borough South Tyneside• 2nd job – in the basement!
  • 7. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland• 3rd job – Whittaker Library
  • 8. So, why back to research?• The Simpson Mss.
  • 9. And that led to …• 10 University Gardens, Glasgow
  • 10. Conferences & Papers• Talk!• Write!
  • 11. Then and now• THEN: Time, lack of interruptions, no internet• NOW: No time, constant interruptions, internet
  • 12. And here’s my research word cloud!• WordItOut.com
  • 13. And then 2 things happened• The Book Contract • The part-time postdoc research assistant secondment
  • 14. Public engagement• The biggest difference between then & now• Writing/speaking/reviewing (see next slide)• Blogging (own, and as contributor)• Tweeting
  • 15. Writing, Speaking, Reviewing• Since graduating (3 years)• 4 book reviews, & mini-reviews for THE• 6 articles• 1 peer-reviewed article forthcoming• 1 paper submitted but not yet acknowledged• Talks, lectures – to staff, students, research and special interest groups• And the forthcoming book
  • 16. Value of Blogging• Writing with a more informal voice• Develop your own style• Develop writing fluency• Share knowledge• And get your name out there!
  • 17. The work blog – Whittaker Live
  • 18. Other Social Media• Academia.edu• Jobs.ac.uk, The Thesis Whisperer, Writing Across Boundaries (Durham University Anthropology Dept)• PhD2Published• Journal of Victorian Culture Online• Twitter (or Facebook, or LinkedIn)• Diigo• Storify http://storify.com/karenmca/the-multi- tasking-musicologist
  • 19. In Conclusion …• There’s no one route to a PhD• The PhD is your immediate goal - but then you have to decide what to do with it• Don’t close your mind to alternatives• In terms of career, you have to promote yourself – YOU are the ‘product’ being promoted• Twitter @Karenmca