11am - 1pm
Tuesday 10 December 2019

ECR focus group: Professional and Career Development

Have your say and help shape the University's support for Early Career Researchers.


Doctoral College Meeting Room (10LB05)
Library and Learning Centre
University of Surrey
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The University Research and Innovation strategy clearly states the University’s commitment to supporting early career researchers (ECRs) and to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. A revised version of this Concordat has just been launched, with specific expectations of institutions regarding professional and career development of researchers*.

This is your opportunity, as ECRs, to influence how the University delivers these expectations in a way that will be most beneficial to incoming ECRs and to the whole ECR community.

We recognise that our early career researchers are a diverse group representing a wide range of disciplines and with range of different needs. Therefore, we encourage researchers from all departments and at all levels to attend this special session to have your say about the professional and careers development support you need now and in the future.

During this session you will participate in:

  • An introduction to the new 2019 version of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers;
  • Sharing your experience of current professional and career development support;
  • Creating a vision for professional and career development support;
  • Identifying key aims and objectives to inform plans for this provision over the next two years.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided - please specify any dietary requirements during registration.


*From the 2019 Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (https://www.vitae.ac.uk/policy/concordat/full). Institutions must:

1. Provide opportunities, structured support, encouragement and time for researchers to engage in a minimum of 10 days professional development pro rata per year, recognising that researchers will pursue careers across a wide range of employment sectors.

2. Provide training, structured support, and time for managers to engage in meaningful career development reviews with their researchers.

3. Ensure that researchers have access to professional advice on career management, across a breadth of careers.

4. Provide researchers with opportunities, and time, to develop their research identity and broader leadership skills.

5. Recognise that moving between, and working across, employment sectors can bring benefits to research and researchers, and support opportunities for researchers to experience this.

6. Monitor, and report on, the engagement of researchers and their managers with professional development activities, and researcher career development reviews.

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