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Professor Marion Walker MBE

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From post-doc to present day.
Presentation for the NIHR CLAHRC National Conference Careers Day: for postdoc research careers in the allied health professions

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Professor Marion Walker MBE

  1. 1. London, 11th May 2017
  2. 2.  My career pathway  Challenges  Things that worked for me  Truthful experience
  3. 3. Senior University Roles External Roles Researcher Clinical Occupational therapist
  4. 4.  Tower House, General Hospital  Specialist stroke care emerging field  No research culture in rehabilitation  Extremely lucky…world class researchers.
  5. 5.  Co-applicant lead applicant  Small grants  PhD grant £130,000  Leading £1 million+ grants and leading teams of researchers  External Committee work+++  Leading National and International initiatives  Esteem indicators, Prestigious Fellowships, honours, Senior Investigator  International opportunities  CV development……personal development
  6. 6.  Diploma  No ambitious career plans  Move into research…inspirational people  Passion
  7. 7.  Special environment  Experienced, world class colleagues  Piggyback/shadow/lead in my own way  Supportive, down to earth, encouraging  Supportive family and friends
  8. 8.  Special letter of support to embark on my MPhil - no first degree  No funding for Higher Degree fees  Short term contracts  Dealing with rejections  No clear pathway  No-one in my profession to appraise my performance or be a role model  Young children (busy husband and no family)
  9. 9.  Head of Division  Research Board  Research Strategy  University 2020 Strategy  Women in Science Engineering and Technology  Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor
  10. 10.  It isn’t easy…...  Environment essential  Mentors very important  Be tenacious  Be prepared to move out of your comfort zone  Work hard…......own your career!

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