Early career researcher network

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.

Current programme

The 2017-18 programme is currently being developed, and will tie in closely to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework. More details soon. For the moment, the following have been confirmed:

  • 16 Nov 2017: Thinking Strategically about your Research
  • 15 March 2018: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
  • 16 March 2018: Developing Resilience

Contact Phil Ward or Helen Leech to take part in any of these events.

Past events

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


There is no set definition of an ‘early career researcher’. For the Network, we used ‘five years from PhD’ as a starting point, but many have had a more varied or circuitous route into academia, and may wish to join even if they fall outside this definition. You would be very welcome. To do so, contact Phil Ward.

Other resources

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. HR host a website that brings together resources for those just starting out in academia. Contact Laura Pheils if you wish to find out more.

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.