I have been working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Banking & Finance of Southampton Business School, University of Southampton (UK), since the 25th March 2020. Most recently, I got promoted to Lecturer-B level (with effect from 01 January 2022).
I applied to Southampton Business School, not only because it is one of the leading Russell Group institutions, but also because of my post-PhD interdisciplinary research focus and teaching interests. Southampton Business School is one of the very few academic institutions in the UK & Europe, where faculty members are encouraged to place their feet onto interdisciplinary research and are provided with enough scope of incorporating their own research into teaching. Given the pool of extremely good domestic and international students (across UG, PGT and PGR levels) and the hunger for learning and gaining knowledge of these students, the lecturers are very welcome to venture into such research-led teaching.
However, the most pleasing aspect of SBS is the fact that the Departmental Heads, the Deans, and the Head of School are extremely kind, supportive, and compassionate towards the early career academic professionals. Such a supportive environment immensely motivates an ECA like me to grow (in terms of career progression). For instance, the Business School, in recognition of my academic achievements, had promoted me recently to Lecturer-B on the ERE pathways. The collegiality within the Business School is also extremely good! I am quite pleased to confess that this is the best academic institution I have been affiliated with so far in the five years of my post-PhD academic career.