The career trajectory for PhD – making the
most of opportunities and changes
Gráinne Conole, University of Leicester
23rd ...
Outline
• Career history
• Turning points and
reflections
• Current role and research
interests
• Harnessing the power of
...
Early years…
• Born in Cork, Ireland
• Moved to London when
five years old
• One sister, Moya
• Dog named James Joyce!
• S...
Academic performance
• Secondary School 74-
82
– A late developer!
– 10 O’ levels
– 4 A levels (Chem, Biol,
Maths, Art)
• ...
The Thatcher influence…
• …..or life in the ‘real’ world
• 85-86
– Graduate training programme
– Allied bakeries
– Area re...
Life as a Chemist
• 86-90
– PhD X-Ray
Crystallography
– P/T demonstrating and
lecturing
• 90-91
– Lecturer on newly
establ...
Changing roles
• UNL June 96 - Sept 99
– Project Director Learning
and Teaching Innovation
– Director of Teaching and
Lear...
Changing roles….
• Southampton 2002 – 2006
– Chair in educational
innovation in post-
compulsory education
• OU 2006 - 201...
Early turning points
• Moving to England
– Identity crisis – Irish or English?
Integrating into a new society
• O’ and A’ ...
Turning points
• Retail manager! and switch to PhD
(phew)
• Securing lectureship
• Promotion to Principle Lecturer (96)
• ...
Focus of research
• Enhancing the learner
experience
• Effective & innovative
use of technologies
• New approaches to
desi...
E-Learning timeline
Multimediaresources
80s
TheWeb
93
LearningManagementSystems
95
OpenEducationalResources
01
Mobiledevic...
Institute of Learning Innovation
• Research
• Teaching
• Supervision
• Consultancy
• Visiting scholars
• Institutional adv...
Four phases
• Multimedia
• The Internet
• Learning Design
• Social and Participatory
Media
My network
Blogs
• Of the moment
reflections
• Digital archive
• The power of peer review
• Record of events, reviews
and resources
•...
Using facebook
Ideas for harnessing Web 2.0?
Twitter
Twitter and facebook #fb
Conferences
• Purpose: presentation & feedback
• Network, network, network!
• Potential collaborators & bid partners
• Put...
Publishing
•Write books and chapters
•Become an editor ofa special issue of a journal
•Keep publication list up to date in...
Networking
• Build international
links
• Join professional
bodies
• Become a reviewer
• Do a special issue
• Sit on commit...
Reflections
• Difficulty of balancing home
and work
• Significance of turning points
• Importance of support –
partners, f...
Importance of relaxation!
Porthcurno, Cornwall
Seascamp
http://www.le.ac.uk/ili
http://www.slideshare.net/GrainneConole
grainne.conole@le.ac.uk
http://e4innovation.com
@gconole
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    1. 1. The career trajectory for PhD – making the most of opportunities and changes Gráinne Conole, University of Leicester 23rd May 2014 PGR Student conference, Southampton University National Teaching Fellow 2012 Ascilite fellow 2012EDEN fellow 2013
    2. 2. Outline • Career history • Turning points and reflections • Current role and research interests • Harnessing the power of social media
    3. 3. Early years… • Born in Cork, Ireland • Moved to London when five years old • One sister, Moya • Dog named James Joyce! • Schools – Holy Mary, Kingston – St Philomenas, Carshalton
    4. 4. Academic performance • Secondary School 74- 82 – A late developer! – 10 O’ levels – 4 A levels (Chem, Biol, Maths, Art) • University 82-85 – Chemistry, 2.1. Sheffield University
    5. 5. The Thatcher influence… • …..or life in the ‘real’ world • 85-86 – Graduate training programme – Allied bakeries – Area retail manager – 150 staff in 10 outfits across London!
    6. 6. Life as a Chemist • 86-90 – PhD X-Ray Crystallography – P/T demonstrating and lecturing • 90-91 – Lecturer on newly established Foundation Science course – HITECC • 91-96 – Lecturer (Inorganic Chemistry)
    7. 7. Changing roles • UNL June 96 - Sept 99 – Project Director Learning and Teaching Innovation – Director of Teaching and Learning Technology Centre – Head of Technology- based Learning • Bristol Sept 99 –April 02 – Director of Institute for Learning and Research Technology
    8. 8. Changing roles…. • Southampton 2002 – 2006 – Chair in educational innovation in post- compulsory education • OU 2006 - 2011 – Professor of e-learning • Leicester 2011 - now – Professor of Learning Innovation
    9. 9. Early turning points • Moving to England – Identity crisis – Irish or English? Integrating into a new society • O’ and A’ level choices – Switch from Sociology to Chemistry O’ level – Switch from Geography to Maths A’ level – Lack of career advice or choice of university
    10. 10. Turning points • Retail manager! and switch to PhD (phew) • Securing lectureship • Promotion to Principle Lecturer (96) • Birth of Eleanor (94) & Tabby (98) • Taking the Bristol post, Tabby 6 months • Nannies and au pairs! • Chair at Southampton, then OU & now Leicester • JISC & EU funded projects • Increasing involvement in national and international activities
    11. 11. Focus of research • Enhancing the learner experience • Effective & innovative use of technologies • New approaches to design • Open practices in learning, teaching and research
    12. 12. E-Learning timeline Multimediaresources 80s TheWeb 93 LearningManagementSystems 95 OpenEducationalResources 01 Mobiledevices 98 Gamingtechnologies 00 Socialandparticipatorymedia04 Virtualworlds 05 E-booksandsmartdevices MassiveOpenOnlineCourses 07 08 LearningDesign 99 Learningobjects 94 LearningAnalytics 10
    13. 13. Institute of Learning Innovation • Research • Teaching • Supervision • Consultancy • Visiting scholars • Institutional advice http://www.le.ac.uk/ili
    14. 14. Four phases • Multimedia • The Internet • Learning Design • Social and Participatory Media
    15. 15. My network
    16. 16. Blogs • Of the moment reflections • Digital archive • The power of peer review • Record of events, reviews and resources • Wider audience reach and hence profile • Link into facebook and Twitter • Complements traditional publication routes e4innovation.com gconole.wordpress,com
    17. 17. Using facebook
    18. 18. Ideas for harnessing Web 2.0? Twitter
    19. 19. Twitter and facebook #fb
    20. 20. Conferences • Purpose: presentation & feedback • Network, network, network! • Potential collaborators & bid partners • Put in a symposium of experts • Expert validation workshops • Put papers/presentations online • Follow up contacts afterwards: email, fb, Twitter, blogs, etc. • Work up into a research paper • Work the hashtag • Live blog or follow conference-related blogs A personal example
    21. 21. Publishing •Write books and chapters •Become an editor ofa special issue of a journal •Keep publication list up to date in your research repository •Set up a writing group or workshop (real/virtual) •Co-write with lots of different people •Disseminate publications via Tweet, fb etc •Set up a blog •See Twitter, blogs, journals, books as complementary GO OPEN!!!!
    22. 22. Networking • Build international links • Join professional bodies • Become a reviewer • Do a special issue • Sit on committees • Do a study visit
    23. 23. Reflections • Difficulty of balancing home and work • Significance of turning points • Importance of support – partners, friends and childcare support • Clash of having children and career breaks • Politics!
    24. 24. Importance of relaxation! Porthcurno, Cornwall Seascamp
    25. 25. http://www.le.ac.uk/ili http://www.slideshare.net/GrainneConole grainne.conole@le.ac.uk http://e4innovation.com @gconole

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