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Leveraging social media for research career advantage

04 Apr 2012

Seminars from Vitae North West Hub at Bangor University (30 April) and The University of Manchester (1 May).


  • Postgraduate researchers
  • Research staff

Date and location

  • 30 April, Bangor University (11am-12pm)
  • 1 May, The University of Manchester (1.30-2.30pm)

Why attend?

The Vitae North West Hub and the Universities of Bangor and Manchester are delighted to bring these seminars to you presented by the excellent Inger Mewburn.

Is scholarly publishing as an indicator of your 'marketability' as a researcher under threat? Recently Forbes business magazine argued that curriculum vitae will disappear within the next five years and be replaced with your 'digital footprint'. What does this mean for us as academics and researchers? We are all accustomed to evidence of publication in peer reviewed journals and conferences being an indicator of quality, but we are experiencing an academic job market under flux where publishing in conventional ways may no longer be enough.

In this presentation, Inger will talk about the potential for a future 'digital divide' between those academics who take advantage of the opportunities social media offers and those who do not. Inger will try to persuade you don't have enough time NOT to be involved in social media and blogging.

About the facilitator

Inger Mewburn is a Research Fellow at RMIT University's School of Graduate Research (SGR), where she co-ordinates the 'On Track' generic skills workshop program; edits and writes for the Thesis Whisperer blog; authors and moderates online courses for HDR students; coordinates the RMIT Three minute thesis competition, and conducts research in the field of doctoral education.

Her research interests are, in no particular order: research student experience; academic sociology; non-verbal communication and social media and blogging.

In a former life, Inger worked in architectural practices and made interactive digital art work, which has appeared in magazines and exhibitions around the world including Australia, the UK, France, Greece, Austria, China and the USA.

Inger is on Twitter as @thesiswhisperer - this is the best place to talk to her, as her email inbox is always full.


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