Early career researchers

Who is an early career researcher?

We automatically include fixed-term researchers (who started in the last 7 years at Surrey) and probationary academics, and we invite teaching fellows and others to opt in. We are happy to include anyone else who feels they are an early career researcher in the academic setting. Please come and talk to us if you have any queries around your eligibility or whether the programme of events for early careers researchers fits with your requirements.

New members of staff

All new members of early career research staff at the University are invited to meet with a member of the Researcher Development Programme team to discuss the opportunities and professional development available.  Please email rdp@surrey.ac.uk if you would like to set up such a meeting.

Talent management and skills development for early career researchers

There are a wide variety of opportunities to develop your research and professional skills sets, and to help you secure another position following the end of your contract with Surrey. This position may be with Surrey, in Higher Education, in industry, or other sectors; all researchers will be supported in the transition to the next step in their career. Many opportunities are available, but it is up to you to take them. All that we ask is that you make an active decision. We want to make sure that every early career researcher is aware of the support and opportunities available, and is encouraged to engage with development activities that are relevant and useful to them.

The Doctoral College provides a range of options to support you, many of these through the Researcher Development Programme:

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