The University’s Early Career Researcher Network was established to offer mutual support to academics at the beginning of their careers. As well as regular talks and workshops there are opportunities to meet other ECRs from across the University to share the highs and lows of getting started in academia.
The 2018-19 programme meshes with that for the Grants Factory, and is closely tied to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework. Follow the links below for more detail on each of the sessions. You can register to attend via these. We will be adding links for all the events shortly.
- Boost your research and develop your creativity (15/10/2018, 09:15-16:30)
- Leadership: rising to the challenge (05/11/2018, 14:00-17:00)
- Strategy, not scattergun: being more structured in applying for funding (12/12/2018, 14:00-16:00) – cancelled
- Career Planning for PDRAs (18/01/2019, 10:00-12:00)
- Coping with rejection (06/02/2019, 14:00-16:00)
- Balancing the conflicting demands of academia (15/03/2019, 14:00-16:00)
- Using the Media to Publicise Your Research (20/02/2019, 09:15-17:00)
- Overcoming imposter syndrome (20/03/2019, 12:30-16:00)
- Developing resilience (21/03/2019, 10:00-13:30)
- Transition to independence: seeking fellowships for PDRAs (22/05/2019, 14:00-16:00)
- Writing habits of successful academics (28/05/2018, time TBC)
Notes from the talks and workshops are written up and made available on the Research Fundermentals blog, and future programmes are also publicised here. Below is a selection of notes from previous events
- Planning your Career
- Planning a Personal Research Strategy
- Strategic Approaches to Getting Published
- Academia and Social Media
- Coping with ‘Imposter Syndrome’
- Balancing the Conflicting Demands of Academia
- Getting Feedback
There is no set definition of an ‘early career researcher’. For the Network, we used ‘five years from PhD’ as a starting point, and include postdoctoral researchers. You may have had a more varied or circuitous route into academia, and might wish to join even if you fall outside this definition. You would be very welcome. To do so, contact Phil Ward.
The ECRN is complemented by The Grants Factory, which provides insights into how best to position your research grant applications so that they have the best chance of success.
In addition, the University has achieved the HR Excellence in Research Award for its support in developing researchers. As part of this we have a Researcher Development Working Group, which looks at the broader issues facing researchers, and reports to the Research and Innovation Board. Helen Leech organises this, and she is keen to hear from researchers who would like to get involved with it.
Finally, the Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (UELT) provide a range of training for ECRs, including the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. More information is available on their website.