BAVS Careers Day 18th June University of Warwick KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr Naomi Paxton (AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker 2014-15)




What can you do with a PhD in Victorian or nineteenth-century studies? Plenty of things, including – but by no means limited to – an academic career!

Undertaking a PhD is an enriching but exhausting experience. Deciding what to do afterwards can be another challenge, especially when contending with the realities of the academic job market, or if you’re unsure whether an academic career is for you. To support PGRs and ECRs through this stage, BAVS will be holding a careers training day aimed at scholars of the Victorian period and long-nineteenth century to be held at the University of Warwick on the 18th June.

This event is tailored to address the needs of PGRs and ECRs who wish to pursue careers either within or outside traditional academic paths. The need for specialised training has been emphasised by a recent Vitae report ‘One Size Does not Fit All’. It found that many PGRs and ECRs in the Arts and Humanities wish to pursue professional development training but feel underserved by available opitons. Such training is especially necessary in light of the fact more than half of Arts and Humanities doctoral graduates go on to have a career outside of Higher Education within three years of graduation. Consequently, the report advocates for a cultural shift in which Arts and Humanities researchers are actively encouraged to undertake discipline-appropriate professional training and career planning from an early stage.

The day will begin with a keynote address by Dr Naomi Paxton, a researcher, writer, performer and AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker 2014-15 who has worked at Parliament and for the BBC as well as within academia. She will draw on her extensive and diverse experiences inside and outside of academia to provide a stimulating talk celebrating the multi-faceted value of doctoral study.

As well as plenary sessions, the event will feature separate strands catering to those interested in (A) academic careers and (B) alternative careers.

For PhD students and ECRs who are interested in pursuing an academic career, the day will provide guidance on applying and interviewing for jobs in the UK, as well as special sessions on writing fellowship applications, and applying for jobs and working in HE abroad. The training will be delivered by University of Warwick staff, including members of academic staff from a range of disciplines who work predominantly on the nineteenth century and the Victorian period as well as the University of Warwick’s Careers Service personnel.

The day will also feature a dedicated strand of training for PGRs and ECRs interested in working in alternative or adjacent fields to academia. The University of Warwick’s Careers

Service will provide focused workshops that will equip those wishing to develop strategies to move into new sectors. Attendees will also receive additional insights and inspiration from a roundtable of post-PhD Victorian and nineteenth-century scholars employed outside of academia, working in a diverse range of fields.

The day will conclude with a session focusing on maintaining robust mental health during the search for permanent employment.

Cost: £15.

Support for this day has been provided by: the British Association for Victorian Studies; Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy; the University of Warwick’s Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence; the University of Warwick’s English and Comparative Literary Studies department; and the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.

To attend, please register by the 1st of June. Registration is now open.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the event organisers Dr Jen Baker, Dr Catherine Paula Han and Lucy Whitehead at:

Provisional Programme

9.30 – 10.00

10.00 – 11.00
Plenary Session: Keynote Address by Dr Naomi Paxton

11.00 – 11.30
Coffee and Networking

11.30 – 12.30
1A: Roundtable on Applying for Academic Jobs
1B: Roundtable on Alternative or Adjacent Academic Careers

12.30 – 1.30

1.30 – 2.30
2A: Workshop on Crafting Fellowship Applications
2B: Workshop on Identifying Transferable Skills and Alternative Careers

2.30 – 3.30
3A: Workshop on Academia Abroad
3B: Workshop on Non-Academic CVs and Non-Academic Job Interviews

3.30 – 4.00
Coffee and Networking

4.00 – 4.45
Plenary Session: Mental Health while Job Searching


Conference Venue
The event will be held in The Oculus building, Central Campus, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7HS.

Campus Map

An interactive campus map can be found here.

Getting to the University of Warwick
It is worth pointing out to people who are visiting for the first time that the University of Warwick is not actually in Warwick. Coventry is the nearest mainline rail station.
There are a number of buses from outside the station to the central campus bus interchange. 12X is the fastest and most direct route, the 11 and 11U take longer. You can buy a ticket in advance, on your mobile, or on the bus (you need the correct change). More information on bus costs and times here.

If you are travelling by train within the Midlands, and using services operated by the Centrocard Scheme and Midland Metro, ask about a day card that covers the train and the bus (these are accepted on the buses to campus) they cost £8.50 for the whole return journey.

Information about travelling to campus can be found here.
Should you want to get to us by domestic flight, Birmingham International is one train stop before Coventry.

Parking for visitors is on a first come, first served basis, but if you come fairly early you have a good chance of a space. You can only park in specific areas marked on this map with a G (for General) and the Central Campus ones are closest to the conference venue. The cost all day is £4.50 and you must have the correct change. More info here


We hope that the times of the conference allow most people to travel within a day so as to save costs. But if you are coming from further afield:

University of Warwick B&B
There is a range of on-campus accommodation options that delegates can book here.

External Accommodation
There are also plenty of hotels and B&Bs in Coventry, Earlsdon, Kenilworth, and Leamington Spa. A list of some external accommodation options can be found here.


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