The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

History Lab Plus

History Lab Plus is a new initiative of the History Lab, which provides training and support for early career academics. Working under the auspices of the Institute of Historical Research, we cater for those historians about to submit their PhD through to those currently employed as probationary lecturers. Our aim is to enable early career academics to make the transition from student to postdoctoral researcher smoothly and effectively.

What do we do? We offer training in:

• Getting into an academic career - how to build up your academic CV, how to make yourself attractive as a candidate for fellowships and lectureships, how to make a great impact at job interviews

• Enhancing skills - such as our advanced teaching skills series, covering issues such as developing specialist teaching based on your research

• Developing as an academic - how to develop confidence in securing research funding, working with non-academic audiences and gaining expertise in publishing

• Demystifying academia - what are all those acronyms you hear about, and what do they mean for you in your daily working life?

Keep an eye out for our first session of 2008/9 - Getting a Lectureship - which will be held on Monday 3 November between 2 and 4.30pm at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.

We also aim to act as a voice for early career academics within the profession, making our needs known to and working with the learned societies, the research councils and other interested bodies. We are currently completing a survey of early career academics, Joining the Profession, which will be published in November 2008.

Membership of History Lab Plus is FREE and open to anyone who is about to complete their PhD through to those who have finished theirs no more than three years previously. To join, simply send an email to outlining your contact details, when you finished/expect to finish, your institutional affiliation(s) and your research interests.

We are also developing a range of resources on themes of importance to early career academics - check out our blog, for more information. If you would like to join our blogging team, email us at

We look forward to hearing from you.

Dr Kate Bradley, Chair of History Lab Plus
Lecturer in Social History,
School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
University of Kent

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