An eProfile is an online 'window' on your academic life as an early-stage professional researcher. It has the potential to provide you with an opportunity to showcase your research progress, ideas and wider academic interests. In effect, it is a 'portal' on your work for fellow researchers within your department, the wider academic community, and collaborators, sponsors and employers. Your eProfile pages follow a professionally-designed exclusive PhD template which uses the University of Exeter 'brand'.
But Why Bother?
Being a professional researcher is about undertaking original
investigation, but it is also about networking, collaborating and getting
your work and your name known. The eProfile provides you with a
highly professional platform to do exactly this. The Graduate School wants Exeter PhD researchers to be outward facing and to promote
their ideas to a wider national and international audience. Marketing yourself
can add real value to your research experience and ultimately enhance your employability. Here are the main reasons why you should get an eProfile as a
As an early-stage researcher, it is important that you have an online
presence within the wider academic community. With eProfile you get
your own unique web address (http://www.eprofile.ex.ac.uk/yourname).
Increasingly, academic researchers at all stages of their career
set up and maintain their own website; we are now offering this to all
PhD students right from the beginning of their career.
- Networking and Collaboration
Your eProfile can provide a powerful means for presenting your work
and making contacts. You can add your personal eProfile address to
presentations, conference papers, your email signature and business cards.
- Professional development
You can use your eProfile as a focus for your professional development
over the course of your PhD, say by recording courses attended,
conference papers given etc.