Early Career Researcher Network
The University's Early Career Reesarcher 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.
Notes from 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
- 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 defnition 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.
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 succcess. It hears from academics at Kent - and beyond - who have had experience of sitting on the funders' peer review panels, or have had considerable success in getting funding themselves. As with the ECRN, details of the programme and notes from previous sessions are available on the Fundermentals blog.
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.