Make a successful start as a PhD or research staff

Have you recently made a fresh start in your research career; moved to a new department or organisation, started a new placement or contract, relocated, or about to start your doctorate?

Autumn is often a time for new beginnings, coinciding with the start of the academic year and the end of summer holiday in the UK. So join us for tips on how to get off to the best start and how to carry that momentum through to the end of the year.

"To achieve great things, two things are needed;   a plan, and  not quite enough time."

During this live Twitter chat, the host will lead participants through a discussion of inductions, challenges of integrating and building networks, and dealing with other common issues.

  • How do you make the most of your induction period?
  • What are the challenges of integrating into a new organisation or country?
  • How can you prepare yourself to make the best start in a new place?

Join us on 5 October at 2 pm (BST) on the #vitaechat stream to reflect on the opportunities and challenges you have encountered, or might encounter, when starting a new phase of your research career.

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This Twitter chat is part of our Getting started theme. Visit our Focus On page for resources and information to help you make a successful start.


What is a Twitter chat and how do I participate?

A Twitter chat is a live discussion on a set day and time, usually facilitated by a designated person, around a particular topic. If you have never used Twitter or taken part in a Twitter chat before, there are a lot of helpful guides around (e.g. 10 Commandments for Twitter and Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities)

How do I join in?

  1. Log in to Twitter (you will need a Twitter account) just before 2pm (UK time) on Wednesday 5 October 2016
  2. Search for the hashtag #vitaechat on Twitter and select the “Live” tab
  3. Follow @vitae_news
  4. Our #vitaechat moderator, Katie Wheat, will post a series of discussion questions from the @vitae_news account
  5. Tweet your replies to the discussion questions and add your thoughts around the topic
  6. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #vitaechat to each of your tweets so that it shows up in the discussion stream

Why should I join?

Twitter chats are an open discussion, allowing participants from around the globe to meet and chat in real time around a shared interest. They are often fast-paced and exciting, with lots of different conversations happening simultaneously.

Benefits of joining a Twitter chat include the opportunity to:

  • broaden your network outside of your usual circles
  • find out more about a new topic
  • be exposed to different perspectives on a familiar topic
  • offer advice, share your expertise, and contribute to a pool of knowledge.

What if I can’t make it at that time?

We will record the tweet chat and post a summary of it here afterwards so that you can view the chat if you missed it. 

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