Personal development: useful links

Training offered by Vitae: http://www.vitae.ac.uk/

Vitae is the UK organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes, and is maintained by the British research funding councils, including the AHRC and ESRC. Vitae courses are designed for postgraduate research students to assess and develop their personal effectiveness, networking and teamworking, communication and career management skills.

National GRAD schools are residential and vary between three and five days in length. They are open to all 2nd and 3rd year doctoral students. They offer postgraduate researchers from all institutions, disciplines, age ranges and experience the opportunity to take a few days out of their research studies to review their personal effectiveness and consider their next steps. Participants work in teams to solve simulated business and abstract problems, discuss issues relating to their doctoral theses and future career, and attend a mock interview. There are 20 courses per year, which are free to Research Council funded 2nd and 3rd years. 

Networking through The History Lab http://www.history.ac.uk/histlab/

The History Lab is a newly-established network for postgraduate students and new researchers in history and related disciplines, based at the Institute of Historical Research. It aims meet the intellectual and social needs of the postgraduate history community, and offers an opportunity for the next generation of historians to meet face to face, to discuss ideas and to drive the study of history forward.

Oxford University Careers Service http://www.careers.ox.ac.uk/

Offers postgraduate career skills workshops as well as careers advice.

UK networking and subject resources for Historians http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/disciplines/history

Run under the auspices of the Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy, this website has been designed as a one-stop site for History postgraduates and postdoctoral students in the UK. It contains links and material on all aspects of History postgraduate and postdoctoral life, from research and teaching to funding and job-hunting.