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Academic CVs

Academic CVs

Academic CVs

An academic CV is used in applications for research-based or lecturing roles. This includes post-doctoral research.

This career area is no different from others – employers want staff that can match their criteria in terms of academic research and in employability skills and experience. An academic CV has to be detailed but comprehensive and targeted specifically to the essential criteria required by the role and the employer.

An academic CV can be up to three or four pages long. Prominence should be give to your research and academic achievements, your statement of research interest, and your specialist skills and knowledge. You should put these on the front page. This should be followed by the usual sections on academic study, work history, employability skills, etc.

Each section should be in reverse chronological order (starting with the most recent first).

If relevant, you can create an appendix with a list of publications and an abstract of your research, to cut down on the detail within the body of your CV.


Research Experience

  • Use appropriate headings to structure details of your academic and research expertise, always starting with the most recent first.
  • Outline your research, what has been achieved, and what it could lead to in the future. Don’t be modest.
  • Give details of your research techniques and specialist skills.
  • Include information on funding and grants awarded, conferences attended, publications, professional memberships, prizes awarded, etc.
  • Write in a style which is comprehensible to people outside your field but scholarly enough to interest fellow researchers.

Other Areas

  • Use the information on Traditional CVs to structure the rest of your information.
  • Use examples from any demonstrating, supervising, lecturing, assessment work, academic administration, etc to provide evidence of relevant employability skills.
  • Include information on your skills and any training – IT, languages, project management, health and safety, etc.
  • Remember to give information on all the criteria required. You can draw examples from your work history, academic study and life experiences if you need to.