Developing academic CVs
Building and developing your academic profile is a necessary part of academic life and having an up-to-date academic CV offers a practical method of recording and reviewing your activities.
As well as reviewing your progress and applying for post-doctoral jobs you may also use information from your CV to prepare:
- a personal webpage if required by your school or department
- a profile for an online research network or forum
- a biography for a conference or academic network event
Use our series of five videos to set up your own document. Find out how to target your CV for early career research or teaching jobs.
Your next steps
Once you've drafted your CV, book an appointment with our team to have it reviewed.
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What to include in your academic CV
An academic CV is different to other styles of CV as it can exceed two pages in length and includes detailed information on your research and the outputs from it, such as publications and conference papers.
It can also include sections on teaching experience as well as a range of academic related activities and duties you may have undertaken.
An example academic CV
You will be required to produce shorter versions of your CV, perhaps for funding or conference applications. When a page limit is stated, you must adhere to it.
A shorter version of your CV may need to focus on your research background and outputs. Detailed sections on your teaching experience or other academic activities may not be required. Ask your academic colleagues for advice before you submit your application.
Clare Jones, Senior Careers Adviser, outlines how to structure your academic CV and why it's important to keep it up to date.
The three sections covered are:
- other academic duties and responsibilities
The research section
Clare explores the content you will want to include in the research section of your CV.
She offers advice on how to present your research and the type of evidence you should include in your CV as you reach the end of your PhD.
The teaching section
Clare provides examples of the type of experience you could include in the teaching section.
This can include delivering seminars and other related activities should as mentoring.
The other academic duties and responsibilities section
Clare talks about the other academic duties and responsibilities that you will want to reference in your CV.
Clare gives plenty of examples of the types of activities you may have been involved in and encourages you to consider including professional development courses.
Some final thoughts
Rounding up the series, Clare gives her final thoughts on developing an academic CV and what you can do next.