Research, Careers, and  Making an Impact        Karen McAulayRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland
Not so much a map as a travel diary!           • How I got from there to here           • What I did on the way           ...
Once there was a postgrad …• University of Exeter – Music Dept (then)
College of Librarianship Wales• In pursuit of a job and a pension plan …
UEA Library• First job
South Shields, Borough South Tyneside• 2nd job – in the basement!
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland• 3rd job – Whittaker Library
So, why back to research?• The Simpson Mss.
And that led to …• 10 University Gardens, Glasgow
Conferences & Papers• Talk!• Write!
Then and now• THEN: Time, lack of interruptions, no internet• NOW: No time, constant interruptions, internet
And here’s my research word cloud!• WordItOut.com
And then 2 things happened• The Book Contract   • The part-time postdoc                        research assistant         ...
Public engagement• The biggest difference between then & now• Writing/speaking/reviewing (see next slide)• Blogging (own, ...
Writing, Speaking, Reviewing• Since graduating (3 years)• 4 book reviews, & mini-reviews for THE• 6 articles• 1 peer-revie...
Value of Blogging•   Writing with a more informal voice•   Develop your own style•   Develop writing fluency•   Share know...
The work blog – Whittaker Live
Other Social Media• Academia.edu• Jobs.ac.uk, The Thesis Whisperer, Writing Across  Boundaries (Durham University Anthropo...
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 w...
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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.)

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Research, careers, and making an impact

  1. 1. Research, Careers, and Making an Impact Karen McAulayRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland
  2. 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. 3. Once there was a postgrad …• University of Exeter – Music Dept (then)
  4. 4. College of Librarianship Wales• In pursuit of a job and a pension plan …
  5. 5. UEA Library• First job
  6. 6. South Shields, Borough South Tyneside• 2nd job – in the basement!
  7. 7. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland• 3rd job – Whittaker Library
  8. 8. So, why back to research?• The Simpson Mss.
  9. 9. And that led to …• 10 University Gardens, Glasgow
  10. 10. Conferences & Papers• Talk!• Write!
  11. 11. Then and now• THEN: Time, lack of interruptions, no internet• NOW: No time, constant interruptions, internet
  12. 12. And here’s my research word cloud!• WordItOut.com
  13. 13. And then 2 things happened• The Book Contract • The part-time postdoc research assistant secondment
  14. 14. Public engagement• The biggest difference between then & now• Writing/speaking/reviewing (see next slide)• Blogging (own, and as contributor)• Tweeting
  15. 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. 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. 17. The work blog – Whittaker Live
  18. 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. 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

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