Digital Humanities and Transferable Skills Training Scoping Employability for Early Career Researchers
I’m a researcher and practitioner in learning development and transferable skills in Higher Education, and am working on two projects at CRASSH to support Early Career Researchers in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Cambridge.
The Digital Transferable Skills project is part of the Digital Humanities Network, and aims to encourage PhD students and Postdocs to develop their digital literacy and consider how the digital skills they develop as part of their research can enhance other social, academic or professional contexts. I’ve developed a range of training resources, including an online, peer-led training programme (DH23Things) and workshops on developing, managing and getting the most from your online presence, and planning a digital project.
The Employability project contributes to the development of a strategic approach to employability for PhD and Postdoc researchers in the Schools of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. I’m scoping the career aspirations and development needs of early career researchers in AHSS, and assessing the need for employability initiatives tailored specifically for this group. I will then be making recommendations for future activities to the Schools. As part of this project, I’ll also be running a day’s training event to help early career researchers kickstart their thinking about employability.
My own background was in Medieval Studies, with a Phd on German vernacular mystical literature for laywomen in the fourteenth century. I also have a PGCE in Higher Education, and an extensive background in learning development.
Helen Webster is a Research Associate at CRASSH, 2012-13