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What next?. Planning your doctoral career. There’s more to life than your thesis…. Or, your research degree as personal and professional development. Maximising your ‘academic capital’.

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What next

What next?

Planning your doctoral career

There s more to life than your thesis

There’s more to life than your thesis…

Or, your research degree as personal and professional development

Maximising your academic capital
Maximising your ‘academic capital’

“In general, there are three types of academic capital that every doctoral student needs to gain if she wishes to become a lecturer or postdoctoral fellow. These are (1) publications, (2) teaching and (3) networking.”

Eddy, M D (2006). Academic Capital, Postgraduate Research and British Universities: A Bourdieu Inspired Reflection. Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies, 6:1, 211-223.


Tips for identifying and building your academic capital
Tips for identifying and building your academic capital

  • Can you answer…

    • “What is it, in one phrase, that describes what I’m researching?”

    • “What is the most original aspect of my research?”

  • What are the ‘hot topics’ in your field (research and teaching), and how does your own work relate to these?

  • Practice makes perfect…


Reviewing the big picture
Reviewing the big picture

  • Eddy’s (2006) ‘academic capital graph’…

    • How does it all fit together?

    • Where might it lead you?

    • In which direction(s) might you lead it?





Research skills programme aims
Research skills programme aims

  • To provide practical, subject-specific support for sharpening skills in researching, writing, presenting & publishing

  • To offer regional networking opportunities

  • To relieve the sense of isolation

  • To identify & develop transferable skills


What have we learned
What have we learned?

  • What were the key points for you?

  • What are you going to do as a result?

  • What (if anything) would you like us to do?


Thank you for taking part
Thank you for taking part!

Please stay in touch:

  • Rebecca O’Loughlin (Theology & Religious Studies): [email protected]

  • Clare Saunders (Philosophy & HPS): [email protected]

    Subject Centre for Philosophical & Religious Studies

    Department of Theology & Religious Studies

    University of Leeds

    Leeds LS2 9JT

    Website: http://prs.heacademy.ac.uk

    Email: [email protected]

    Tel: 0113 343 4184 Fax: 0113 343 3654