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'From Research to Administration and Beyond...' by Dr Laurie Friday

The Postdoc Centre is delighted to host Dr Laurie Friday, Director of the Isaac Newton Trust. Laurie will reflect on her exciting career path and give us some insights on how she chose to move from research to administration and beyond. The session will leave plenty of time for Q&A.
When Apr 06, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Postdoc Centre @ Biomedical Campus - Newman Library
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Laurie is a biologist by training. After years of post-doccing, she got her first 'real' job at the age of 44, when she took a bold change of direction into university administration, becoming the first woman lead the graduate registry team. It soon became clear that her academic and research training provided an unusually fruitful and rewarding environment in which to cultivate mutually beneficial administrative support for academic supervisors and their research students.

'I found that I could use my research training to analyse administrative problems and then to plan and execute innovative solutions. I also discovered that the mindset needed patiently to tend experiments over months, and even years, but doggedly to keep on making the case for change and trying all possible options till the problem finally yields, was invaluable. And it was tremendously helpful to know that academics realised that I was basically in sympathy with their own overwhelmingly busy lives and understood their priorities, but at the same time, I was fighting for the best deal for their research students. Supervisors, students and Colleges saw that I could offer a smoothing buffer between them and the big administrative machine at the centre of the University, and that enabled some truly collaborative relationships where friction might have been predicted.'

Other parts of the University are increasingly recognising the value that former researchers can bring administrative roles and a growing number of post-docs are now seeing this as a viable alternative that can eventually lead to a dream job - maybe one that might not have been visible from the original view point.

Read more on her career here.

 

Lunch will be provided.

The event is free to attend, but please register here.

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