Researcher Development Careers Day


Alumni speak at Researcher Development Careers Day

PhD students and postdoctoral researchers enjoyed a day of careers talks about working outside academia after their doctorate. 

Four Exeter PhD graduates shared a session about careers in research outside Higher Education organisations and spoke about their careers, current work and discussed particular challenges to help advise young researchers.

In addition to the panel discussion about research careers outside HE, the students and early-career researchers had the opportunity to find out more about moving to work in teaching, as well as non-academic careers.

Particular thanks go to the alumni speakers:

Louise Colville

Career Development Fellow, Kew Gardens

PhD Biological Sciences, 2006

Neil Riddell

Policy Advisor,

Department of Communities

BA History, 1990

PhD History, 1995

Mauro Boero

Patent Examiner,

European Patent Office

PhD Physics, 1996

Andrew Murphy

Hydrogen Technology Engineer, Shell

MRES Bioinformatics, 2004

PhD Biological Sciences, 2010


These talks are an impotant part of Exeter’s work developing young researchers’ skills and ensuring that PhD graduates are fully equipped to use their understanding and skills applied to major challenges in the world.

Mauro Boero really enjoyed returning to Exeter and talking with other researchers and seems keen to return next time:

“…I wish I had spent a couple of minutes to state loud and clear that obtaining a PhD is such a test of someone's abilities that the human and technical skills learned by doing that are a fantastic preparation for all sorts of careers...I will say it next time if you invite me again.”

Date: 19 September 2017

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