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Navigating a Postdoctoral Career In Academic Medical Sociology

A BSA Postgraduate Forum Event

7 June 2024 (09:00-16:00)
Oxford Quaker Meeting House, 43 Saint Giles', Oxford OX1 3LW

About the Event

Medical Sociologists can be found in many departments, working on a range of projects, and our career paths are not always linear nor easy. From our own experiences, we only know how hard it can be to know where to look and who to contact when aiming to secure grants, fellowships and studentships. Thus, we want this event to bring together researchers in this area to highlight different ways of entering the medical sociology area and to normalise the highs and lows of pursuing an academic career.

The aim of this event is to connect Postgraduate Researchers who are interested in, or working within medical sociology and health research. We hope this day will facilitate networking, collaboration and interesting discussion through our planned talks and events. The day will include a researcher speed networking event, mini lectures, a workshop and presentations from esteemed researchers from the University of Oxford and beyond.

Areas of research for this event include:

  • Medical sociology
  • Qualitative research
  • Health research
  • Applied sociological research

Themes of the sessions:

  • Career pathways into academic medical sociology (e.g., fellowships, lectureships, working under a larger grant).
  • Coping with failure (e.g., grant, job, and journal rejections).
  • (Mis)managing disabilities in academia (support available and lessons learned).
  • 'Speed networking' with delegates.

Planned activities:

  • Speed networking session
  • Mini lectures
  • Workshop
  • A panel discussion
  • Lunch and coffee breaks


Lunch will be provided, please provide any dietary requirements on registration.

  • BSA Members: £5
  • Non-Members: £15


The room is fully accessible by wheel chair, has a hearing loop and handheld mic available. Please do contact the organisers if you have any queries.  Wi-Fi available throughout, and the room is equipped to support a hybrid session if needed.

Contact the Organiser

Event organiser: Chloe Phillips.