Research Staff Conference 2019

Research Staff Association Conference: Magical Mystery Tour
University of Liverpool, Wednesday 11 December

Venue: Lecture Theatre 2, School of Life Sciences

The theme of the 2019 University of Liverpool Research Staff Association conference was “Magical Mystery Tour”.

The aim was to put research staff in the driving seat, to give them the tools to take control of their careers and find their own “Ticket to Ride”.

The timetable for the event is below.




“Ticket to Ride”
Keynote Lecture: Professor Anthony Hollander, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Impact: the current landscape of research staff development at the University of Liverpool

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“How do you do it”
Lib Golding, Careers and Employability: attributes that employers find valuable and identifying and articulating your transferable skills

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11.00-11.15 Comfort break 


“With a little help from my friends” kindly sponsored by GiftPay

Short talks from early career researchers within the University who have received internal or external funding. We’ll find out their top tips for applying for funding and ask them to show us their CVs. This will be followed by a panel discussion which Ben Mollitt (Technology Directorate) and Laura McGarty (Early Career Researcher and Returners Fund).

• Dr Georgette Kluiters - BBSRC Future Leaders Fellow
• Dr Anna Slater - Royal Society EPSRC Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow
• Dr Patrícia Rossini - Derby Fellow, School of the Arts
• Dr Hannah Davies - Recipient of the Early Career Researcher and Returners Fund
• Dr Rachael Wright - Recipient of the Technology Directorate Career Development Award



Over lunch there will be the opportunity to book one-to-one or small group sessions aimed at improving your CV. Appointments will also be available with the library to discuss open science.

You can book these appointments when registering for the event.


“Eight days a week”

Want to know how much holiday you are actually entitled to? Do you know how much sick pay you will get?

Lee Stewart, HR Business Partner at the University of Liverpool will give a talk on the Rights and Responsibilities of Postdocs.

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“Take Good Care of my Baby”

The National Launch of UK Research Staff Association guidelines for researchers taking maternity, paternity, adoption or parental leave and advice for institutions and employers.


“A day in the life”

Short talks from those that have chosen to explore careers outside academia, followed by a panel discussion.


  • Dr Georgina Crayford - Technical Manager (Pigs & Poultry), Red Tractor Assurance
  • Dr Amy Wedley will discuss PGCEs and teaching
  • Dr Helen Smith - Senior Research Advisor, Malaria Consortium
  • Dr James Mooney – Managing Director of Square, a leading architectural visualisation studio
  • Dr Jane Rees will discuss her role as an editor at Nature


“Come together” kindly sponsored by IBM

Networking Reception

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Thank you to the sponsors of the 2019 RSA Conference:

RSA conference 2019 sponsors - GifyPay, IBM, Merck and ThermoFisher Scientific