Mission & Context
In recognition of the challenges facing early career linguists in the current climate of precarity, this group supports the progression of a diverse community of scholars. The Group seeks to extend the principles in Vitae’s updated Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (2019) – designed to increase attention to wellbeing and inclusivity through regular reviews of academic environments – by soliciting contributions from peers, senior colleagues, and the wider discipline regarding good practice in institutional, community, and sector terms. The Group’s goal is the universal uptake of quantifiable actions to improve conditions within an acceptable timescale.
This group champions the interests of Early Career Academics in Modern Languages. Members are self-identifying early career linguists, who are likely to be late-stage postgraduates, postdoctoral researchers, teaching fellows, and new lecturers (usually no more than 5 years into a permanent contract). Organisational partners include the Arts and Humanities Alliance, the Association for German Studies, the Association of British and Irish Lusitanists, the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, the British Academy, the Institute of Modern Languages Research, and the Society for Italian Studies.
The Group will work closely with the Early Career Representative on the UCML Executive Committee.
- Six-monthly meetings, involving knowledge-transfer workshops on topics such as applying for jobs/grants, developing career strategies, producing high-quality publications in varied forms, and teaching/designing modules.
- A nationwide survey into early career experiences in Modern Languages, with results conveyed in a co-authored article.
- An Early Career Code of Best Practice for universities to incorporate into their environment submission for the Research Excellence Framework.
- A mentoring scheme designed to support early career academics in two ways: ad hoc support for specific activities (conference papers, grant proposals, book proposals, etc.), and more substantial year-long mentoring. For more details including how to apply see here.
- A Symposium for Early Career Academics
|Dr Hilary Potter||Royal Holloway, University of London (until end of June 2021)||Co-Chair|
|Dr Dominique Carlini Versini||Durham University||Co-Chair|
|Dr Liam Lewis||University of Liverpool||UCML ECA Representative|
|Dr Caroline Laurent||King’s College London/Harvard University||French|
|Dr Catherine Barbour||University of Surrey||Spanish/Latin American|
|Dr Hannah Scott||Mentoring|
|Dr Karunika Kardak||Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London||Spanish/Latin American|
|Louis Cotgrove||University of Nottingham||German/Linguistics|
|Dr Sara Al Tubuly||Arabic|
|Dr Mavis Ho||University of Edinburgh||Translation Studies|
|Dr Serena Vandi||University of Oxford||Italian|
|Dr Cathy McAteer||University of Exeter||Russian/Slavonic Studies|
|Dr Ashley Harris||Queen’s University Belfast||French|
Other members include:
Dr James Illingworth (Admin)
Dr Alessandro Columbu (Arabic)
If you are interested in joining the group or would like to get in touch, please contact the co-chairs of the Group’s Steering Committee, Dr Hilary Potter (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Dominique Carlini-Versini (Dominique.email@example.com).