Researcher Development

Researcher communities

The Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) exists to offer mutual support to academics at the beginning of their careers. The sessions complement the Grants Factory workshops and writing groups, and offer advice on establishing your career. The network meetings provide an opportunity to informally meet others in a similar position and share the highs and lows of getting started in academia.

  • Faculties and Schools
  • Staff Association and UCU
  • International
  • On-line networking
  • Surveys and Focus Groups

Faculties and Schools

Each Faculty has a researcher representative on the Researcher Development Working Group (RDWG):

  • Humanities: Benjamin Vis (SECL)
  • Sciences: Stefanie Frank (Biosciences)
  • Social Sciences: Karen Jones (PSSRU)

They can be contacted via the University directory or through this contact form.

Many Schools have established researcher representatives or groups. We want to post a directory that is as comprehensive as possible – please let us know about active researcher groups in your School.  If you would like to set up a researcher group in your School please contact The Researcher Development Working Group (RDWG) via the contact form.

There is a research community at Medway that organises seminars, talks and other events at the Medway Campus of the Universities of Canterbury Christ Church, Greenwich and Kent.

If you prefer your enquiry to be dealt with centrally, you can contact The Researcher Development Working Group (RDWG) via the contact form.

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Research Staff Association and UCU

Currently there is no University-wide UK Research Staff Association (UKRSA) group at Kent. If you would like to set up a Research Staff Association at Kent please contact The Researcher Development Working Group (RDWG).

University & College Union

The University & College Union (UCU) provides development resources including a programme of courses and a series of downloadable guides.

UCU initiatives on the employment and management of researchers can be accessed through the UCU website or by contacting Owen Lyne the UCU Branch Secretary

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The university community of staff includes members from about 100 nationalities and the community of researchers at Kent is international in both its make-up and its outlook.  The University has developed enhanced immigration guidance and improved induction processes and information for new international staff. The HR Immigration Adviser is based in the Employment Support and Resourcing Team with information also available through the Immigration website.

Euraxess produces guidance for international researchers moving to the UK.

If you would like to set up a network for international research staff at Kent please contact The Researcher Development Working Group (RDWG).

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On-line networking

On-line networking at Kent is supported through the Research Services blog and the Kent Change Academy.  Please sign up to these if you’d like to link up with colleagues across the University.

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Surveys and Focus Groups

The Researcher Development Working Group (RDWG) conducts surveys of the researcher community at Kent. The University-wide staff survey included a specific focus on researchers. RDWG is evaluating the benefits of participating in the national CROS and PIRLS surveys and will be seeking the views of Faculty and School researcher representatives to inform our decision.

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Last Updated: 27/07/2015