Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN)

Kent’s Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) offers support to academic and research staff at the beginning of their careers. It provides opportunities to meet other ECRs from across the University to share the highs and lows of getting started in academia.

Whatever your role as a researcher, ECRN will be for you if you have recently completed your PhD or are relatively new to academia.

The ECRN events programme spans professional and career development, including positive mental health and wellbeing: ECRs are prioritised in terms of places, although all staff are welcome. Sessions complement the Grants Factory's tailored focus on funding and innovation policies and practices. All events are mapped to the Academic Career Map and Researcher Development Framework.

Workshops, presentations and webinars

Delivered by staff in Professional Service Departments and the Divisions:


1:1 Coaching for PDRAs, RAs and Research Associates (Online)  

01 February, 01 and 29 March

This session is run by Dr Jo Collins, a trained coach who supports researchers, academics and higher education professionals.  

Coaching is a developmental process that supports a coachee to create results that matter to them. Typically, coaching sessions might address the following: building confidence, career planning, work-life balance, time management, managing working relationships and wellbeing. Whatever you focus on, a one-to-one coaching session can support you to plan your development as a researcher.

Before you attend, please think about:

1. What are you hoping/expecting to gain from your coaching discussion?
2. What is the most important change that you can make to start achieving results that matter to you?

Please book your place via Target Connect under 'Appointments'.

Webinars are usually recorded and available to watch on demand with a Kent staff login.

Some previous sessions are also available to view, as well as past notes via the Research Fundamentals blog

Guidance and support

Divisional networks

Kent networks

Researcher Development Advisory Group (RDAG)

Updates and help

Contact the GRC

Contact RDAG

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