NARTI/CYGNA North Development Event ‘How to Build a Sustainable Academic Career’

Date(s) - 19/01/2024 10:30 am - 3:15 pm

Durham University, Mount Oswald Hub


We become academics because of our passion for knowledge and learning, and because we want to contribute – as educators, researchers and leaders – to making the world a better place. Yet, establishing, progressing with, and maintaining an academic career is not easy; each stage brings with it a range of challenges, which can be especially impactful on women academics. How to ensure that we thrive professionally and that our career does not present an obstacle to a fulfilling personal life? Who can support us in developing a successful academic career over a long period of time? What is the importance of self-care in building a sustainable academic career? How can we contribute to making our universities and business schools the kind of workplaces which facilitate the development of sustainable careers for all their staff?

This CYGNA North / NARTI event focuses on practical ways to build a sustainable academic career. We will hear from four inspirational presenters – all of whom are successful women business school academics and leaders – about what they have done, and continue to do, in order for their careers to be sustainable, and what advice they would give to early career academics in relation to building a sustainable academic career. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions, network with other women academics, and participate in a professional development workshop aimed at developing an awareness of key challenges and possible solutions towards establishing and maintaining a sustainable academic career.

Speakers include (in alphabetical order):

Professor Susanne Braun – Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research, Durham University Business School

Professor Cathy Cassell – Executive Dean, Durham University Business School

Dr Emily Yarrow – Senior lecturer in Management and Operations, Newcastle University

Dr Xiaoxian Zhu – Principal Lecturer (Research & Innovation), Teesside University

This event is aimed at women doctoral students and academics from the CYGNA North and NARTI networks. Attendance is free but please, register because places are limited. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

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