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Career progression in geography

Support for academic career progression in geography

The Society offers a range of support to academics across different career stages and in different areas of their work. Some of the recent and upcoming support is described below with links to resources.

Support for postgraduates considering an academic career

If you are looking for taught or research postgraduate courses, take a look at our guide for finding a course hereThe Society has also compiled a short list of links and information for postgraduate students considering working in academia.

The Society occasionally hosts training workshops and other events for postgraduates and early-career academics - check the RHED events page to see what's coming up.

Support for early-career academics

Teaching in Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences: Resources and ideas for early-career academics (and others) developing their practice in teaching GEES subjects, including such topics: as signature pedagogies across the disciplines, fieldwork, assessment and feedback, data skills, and course design.  Find out more

Support for mid-career academic progression

The Society hosted a workshop for mid-career academic geographers in July 2016. Led by Professor Mike Heffernan (Nottingham), Professor Nina Laurie (St Andrews) and Professor Ian Candy (RHUL), the workshop encouraged participants to consider:

1. Finding the right support for career progression: Mentoring, coaching, advice, networking – how to find and use different forms of support; and different experiences of career progression

2. Planning and preparing an evidence base: Unpacking promotion criteria and processes (e.g. working through the criteria for your next promotion stage); and how to capture and evidence achievements and indicators of esteem.

3. Opportunities for leadership: Esteem and profile-building; and activities that build and evidence leadership.

Download notes and links to resources from the workshop:

Professional accreditation/recognition (CGeog, HEA)

The Society is considering hosting a half or one-day meeting for geographers interested in making applications for professional recognition such as Chartered Geographer and Higher Education Academy Fellowship. This would include topics such as understanding and interpreting the application requirements, building up a portfolio of evidence, and advice and hints for successful applications, with input from experienced geographers already holding accreditation. To register your interest, please contact Dr Stephanie Wyse (s.wyse@rgs.org).

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