Academic and research staff

“The expansion of the GRC to enable us to support staff as well as postgraduates marks the start of an exciting journey for researcher development at Kent” (Professor Paul Allain, Dean of the Graduate and Researcher College).

Explore the GRC’s new webpages to inform and support Kent researchers

The Graduate and Researcher College (GRC) aims to deliver the University’s strategy to support all academic and research staff in their career and personal development. With an expanded remit since October 2020, the GRC encourages staff, as well as postgraduate researchers, to develop their research careers. This includes, but is not limited to, Early Career Researchers.   

The GRC works with staff in the Divisions and Professional Service Departments to coordinate a range of initiatives to enhance the career and personal development of our researchers. This includes liaising with colleagues to organise and publicise a range of training and development opportunities for academic and research staff at all stages of the academic lifecycle.

Building on Kent’s commitment to the Concordat principle of ‘environment and culture’, the GRC is working to strengthen the existing network of support for researchers across Kent and is now responsible for the Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN).

New communication channels are being created and the provision of targeted information and material for researchers will be enhanced via our new resources section, which offers links to a vast range of Kent and external content to view on demand.


Discover our plans for the next steps in researcher development 

Training frameworks can support your career progression:


Choose what works best for you 

Let us know your thoughts

Please contact the GRC if you have feedback or ideas about researcher development at Kent. 

Community and support 

Support yourself and your colleagues to build our academic community 

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