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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

Your next step

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 PDF file icon

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.

An overview of CVs with an employer perspective

If you are interested in developing your CV for academia and outside academia, this webinar will give you the starting point to take the stress out of developing your new CV.  

In the webinar, HR manager, Steven Mulholland, gives his insight into what he would be looking for when shortlisting for a position.  

You will gain an insight into:

  • Writing your CV and the different sections 
  • How to showcase your transferable skills as a researcher
  • An employer’s perspective

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  • Alumni: Email us to gain access to the webinar

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A step-by-step guide to each section of your CV

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.

How to structure your CV

Find out how to structure your academic CV and why it's important to keep it up to date.

The three sections covered are:

  • research
  • teaching 
  • other academic duties and responsibilities

The research section

Explore the content you will want to include in the research section of your CV.

You'll hear 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

Learn about 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 

Hear about the other academic duties and responsibilities that you will want to reference in your CV.

There are plenty of examples of the types of activities you may have been involved in and we encourage you to consider including professional development courses.


Some final thoughts 

Rounding up with this final video, hear a summary about developing an academic CV and what you can do next. 


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