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5th February, 2016

DEADLINE EXTENDED – Call for Papers -Exit Velocity: Supercharge your academic career

EXTENDED DEADLINE for papers: 15th April 2016


Exit Velocity: Supercharge your academic career
Friday 24 June 2016
University of West London, St Mary’s Road,
London W5 5RF


A Conference for Doctoral Candidates and Early Career Researchers in The Arts and Creative Industries

Speakers include:

Professor Anthony Woodman (Senior Pro Vice Chancellor, Research and Enterprise, University of West London), Matthew Dodd (Head of Speech Programming, BBC Radio 3), Lydia Fraser-Ward (Creative director, Fantasy High Street), Professor Katie Normington (Vice Principal (Staffing) and Dean of Arts and Social Science, Royal Holloway University of London), Dr Pete Mitchell (Research Fellow, Geography, University of Sussex), Suzie Leighton (Director, The Culture Capital Exchange) and Professor Jeremy Strong (Professor of literature & film, University of West London)

In an increasingly challenging academic climate, new scholars are expected to develop and disseminate high quality research outputs, secure external funding, and commence fresh responsibilities in teaching and administration. In many respects it has never been a tougher time to embark on a university career. Yet there are also considerable opportunities for individuals prepared to develop their work and careers in innovative ways. Exit Velocity offers the opportunity to hear from those who have forged successful careers and to meet the next generation of leading academics in your field.

This event at the University of West London, brings together graduate students completing their doctorates and early career researchers in an interdisciplinary conference to present their own research and engage with leading academics who have shaped their careers in interesting and dynamic ways. Highlights include: a panel discussion on partnerships and collaboration; speed networking; a panel addressing the ‘portfolio career’; subject specific presentations; and a drinks reception to close.

Papers may address either an aspect of the individual’s research in their field or may focus on wider issues of relevance to the doctoral student and/or early career researcher. We anticipate that papers will include, but not be limited to, contributions from media, music, literature, dance, creative computing and artificial intelligence, art, drama, film and photography.  


Format: Abstracts of 250 words, accompanied by 100 word biographical statements.

Please download and complete the SUBMISSION FORM provided

and send to: cc and

Submission Deadline: 15th April 2016.

Presentation of papers should be 20 minutes long with an additional 5 minutes for questions. We also welcome proposals for panels (i.e. for three papers addressing a common theme).

Confirmed speakers will be notified and registered automatically.

Notification of acceptance date: 30th April 2016.

This event, hosted by the University of West London in association with The Culture Capital Exchange and supported by the Arts Council England and HEFCE, is FREE to speakers and non-speaking delegates.

If you would like to attend, but do not wish to submit a paper, please register here.



Confirmed participants in Exit Velocity are welcomed to submit papers for consideration to the UWL journal ‘New Vistas’.

New Vistas is a journal published by the University of West London.  It provides a forum to disseminate research, commentary, and scholarly work that engage with the complex agenda of higher education in its local, national and global context.

The journal appears twice a year (a Spring and an Autumn issue) with occasional special issues, and publishes for a broad academic, international and professional readership.

University of West London welcomes submissions for the next issue of New Vistas.

If you are interested in submitting a written contribution, or if you have any proposals for content or general enquiries, please contact the editor Professor Joelle Fanghanel at

If you are preparing a paper, please refer to our Instructions for Authors (pdf, 298 kb)



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