Becoming a lecturer

In an academic career, you will have to compete hard for a lectureship position so it is really important that you do everything that you can to improve your chances of success.  For example, the research positions you choose can be very important to your future success so it is vital that you plan ahead and make sure you know what you want. 

The best thing you can do to gather useful hints and tips is to talk to successful academics in your department. Most people will be happy to be approached and to give you some advice.

The following is advice that has been given by lecturers from across UoB on the popular 'Working towards a lectureship' course:

Meet people

Be strategic

Show your potential

Vitae, the national organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of researchers, has pages on working in higher education, which includes useful resources such as how you can raise your profile as a researcher, aimed at helping you to secure an academic career. They also have useful pages on managing your career. To access these resources just login with your University of Bristol email address. has a useful Lecturer CV template that will provide you with a model and a basis for your own academic CV.