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Creating Solidarity as Early Career Researchers: Strategies for Making Life Liveable in the Academy

A BSA Pre-Conference Day

20 April 2020 (9:30–17:30)
Aston University, Birmingham, UK - FULL PROGRAMME

About the Event

Life as a junior scholar can be difficult and presents a number of challenges, both intellectual and practical. The BSA Pre-Conference Day brings together both the Postgraduate and Early Career Forums in sessions which speak to how junior scholars can approach and strategise in ways that let us feel excited, hopeful, and in control of our careers - and lives. With sessions on research funding, teaching, and navigating life in academia, the day brings a mixture of pragmatic and emotional support. There will be separate Forum-run sessions for scholars at different stages in their careers, as well as joint sessions which allow us to learn from, and support, one another. The Pre-Conference Day will be run with an ethos of practicing academic kindness and as such offers a safe, welcoming, and optimistic space for discussion and exploration.

Outline Programme

09:30 - 10:00     Registration

10:00 - 11:00     Joint Introduction: Ask an ECR

11:00 - 13:00     Morning break off groups:

  • PGF – Successful PhD Balance: Managing Self, PhD and Life
  • ECF – Navigating Funding as an ECR: Barriers and Opportunities

13:00 - 14:00     Lunch and Networking

14:00 - 15:30     Afternoon break off groups:

  • PGF – PhD Presentations – Building Confidence in Presenting Research
  • ECF - Teaching session A (with a focus upon ECR's issues) – Teaching in Higher Education as an ECR: Pitfalls and Possibilities?

15:30 - 16:00     Comfort break

16:00 - 17:00     Blurred Lines & Teaching as a PGR: Boundaries and Barriers

17:00 - 17:30     Joint Conclusion: PG to EC: Building Bridges


  • BSA Member £20
  • Non Member £40

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Contact Us

For further information about the event and to enquire about funded places please contact Dr Kasia Narkowicz, for booking/admin enquiries contact the BSA Events Team.