Non-Traditional Career Routes

It is often assumed that, to have a successful career in a university, one has to progress through a so-called traditional and linear academic career path.

This has traditionally consisted of an academic education from school to a degree through to a PhD, as well as post-doctoral or industrial research experience before embarking on teaching and research activities as an independent academic.

We believe that this is no longer a true reflection of what makes a successful career in a university, with career breaks, career changes or part-time study all being common and in no way disadvantageous. Indeed, there is a variety of other pathways that can lead to a career not only as an academic, but to a broad range of other crucial roles within the University, including research associates, teaching fellows, as well as administrative and technical support. Our Department is proud of the diversity of our staff, not all of whom have followed the traditional career route into Chemistry.