Academic Careers

Our website, An Academic Career –, has been developed at The University of Manchester, but we have written it with the aim that it should be useful to anyone, from the UK or beyond, who aspires to becoming an academic.

We were delighted to receive the 2011 Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers for this website.

What does it cover?

We really hope it’s a useful addition to the academic careers resources currently available. It tries to answer many of the questions careers advisers have received from postgraduates, post-doctoral research and teaching staff (and undergraduates) about how to make it as an academic.

Recognising that these questions are often different depending on where you are in your career, we have given you a choice of three different entry points to “Is an academic career for you?”.

“About academic careers” features academics’ views of their work, how to become an academic, a detailed section for those at doctoral level and beyond, and a range of real life academic career stories.

If you’re at the stage of looking for post-doctoral posts or academic jobs, there are sections on “Finding jobs”, “Making applications” and “Interviews and assessment”.

Throughout the site there are video clips of academics and early career researchers, and much of the site has been developed from interviews with academics, feedback from researchers and many years of listening to academics talking about their work and their careers.

Feedback and future development

This website took a long time to develop, because whenever we added something, we could immediately think of another section which would be “really useful”.

Feedback form

We’d love to read any further feedback you have on An Academic Career. You can fill in the form below (or just e-mail us with your feedback at

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