Wanted: Humanities Postgraduate Research Editors

Wanted:  Humanities Postgraduate Research Editors for University STEPS Newsletter (closes 9 March 2012)

Do you have an interest in the professional development of postgraduate researchers? Are you keen to raise your own profile within and beyond the University? Are you looking to enhance your writing and editing skills? Then become a STEPS editor!

STEPS is all about researcher development essentials for postgraduate researchers.  Written by postgraduate researchers for postgraduate researchers, this high profile university-wide newsletter contains up-to-date news on funding opportunities, conferences, events and training opportunities to enhance the careers of early career researchers.

The STEPS newsletter is published quarterly by a cross faculty Editorial Team, who also manage the STEPS social media presence:

Why become an Editor?

  • Shape and report on postgraduate training and development opportunities
  • Familiarise yourself with the deeper context of researcher development at the institutional and national level
  • Raise your own profile
  • Build a community voice for postgraduate researchers at Manchester
  • Get excellent hands-on experience to develop your team work, negotiation and communication skills
  • Add ‘Editorial experience’ to your CV

What does an Editor do?

  • Work closely with other members of the Editorial Team (up to two postgraduate researchers from each Faculty plus one Faculty Researcher Developer and the central Coordinator) that undertakes all aspects of publication including: Generating ideas for content; Writing/commissioning articles; Editorial appraisal of submitted contributions; Proof reading; Laying out the first proof and liaising with the University’s Design Studio on matters of design and format
  • Attend Editorial Team meetings (up to 6 per year of 2 hours duration)
  • Positively promote the Newsletter in their Schools and Faculties
  • Help to identify and attend promotional opportunities

Other considerations:

  • Contribute to the STEPS blog, Twitter feed and Facebook Page
  • It is estimated that each editor will need to contribute approx. 2 hours per month over and above the time need to attend editorial meetings
  • It is expected that an editor will make a commitment of at least one year to the post, in this instance mid March 2012 – end of Feb 2013

If you are interested in applying for the role please submit an application, including a statement of why you are interested in becoming a STEPS editor, any relevant experience and the skills you would bring to the post, by 5pm Friday 9 March to Dr Mark Leech (mark.j.leech@manchester.ac.uk) to whom informal enquiries of interest can also be made.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in the week commencing Monday 12 March 2012.


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