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AHRC Twitter chat on training

Date: 24/07/2013

Last week the AHRC hosted a twitter chat with representatives from the Research Careers and Training Advisory Group (RCTAG). The Group has a broad range of experience and expertise which advises the AHRC on postgraduate and researcher development matters from existing or developing schemes; development needs in discipline areas, both within and outside academia; to alerting the AHRC of issues and developments within the university sector.

The chat featured PhD students, Caroline Starkey and Claire Irving, who are both members of the RCTAG. They wanted to better understand the current training provision within the Arts and Humanities as well as the career aspirations and anxieties of early career researchers in order to inform the work of the Group. The discussion was open to all Art and Humanities PhD and early career researchers. The chat focused on three main questions over the hour long discussion:

  1. Are you satisfied by the training and opportunities you have received during your PhD studies?
  2. Have you received sufficient careers support?
  3. What, in your view, do PhD students require in terms of training, development opportunities or careers support?

We would like to thank all of you that got involved on email and via twitter; a copy of the discussion can be found below.

In the AHRC Strategy ‘The Arts and Humanities in our times’ we state we will provide a forum for PHD students and early-career researchers the twitter chat on training is one of the ways we will be engaging with our community. Caroline Starkey and Claire Irving will be feeding back the content of the twitter chat back to the RCTAG. Depending on the interest and support for the twitter chats on training and research careers will be set up in the autumn.

If you have any further comments please email enquiries@ahrc.ac.uk with the subject line of #ahrcchat training.

Twitter Chat Summary

For further information, please contact: Danielle Moore-Chick, AHRC: 01793 416021 d.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk @ahrcpress

Notes to editors

  • For more information, about the AHRC's training provision please visit the Research careers and training pages.
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please go to the AHRC Website.
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