Early Career Researcher (ECR) Training and Development

Training and Development

We have a wide range of development opportunities available for Early Career Research staff (i.e. staff on research contracts on grade E to G), across all campuses of the University of Exeter. All course bookings are done via iTRENT. If you have any problems booking onto a course please email us at: researcherdevelopment@exeter.ac.uk

Your Performance and Development Review (PDR)

We recommend that Early Career Researchers discuss their development needs as part of their individual PDR.

Your PDR is a Performance and Development Review. All colleagues are required to participate in an annual review of their performance and professional and personal development. PDRs complement the more regular reviews and one-to-one conversations that are usually held with line managers.

The benefits of a PDR for the college / professional service include:

  • Improved communications between the college/service and the individual
  • Identification and pursuit of common goals, and alignment of individual career goals to college/service and University strategies
  • Better planning for learning and development for the individual, college / service and University.

Your PDR is an opportunity to:

  • Review the past year, identifying successes and problems
  • Plan for the future, taking into consideration the objectives of the college or professional service
  • Identify learning and development opportunities
  • Have ongoing, continuous conversations
  • Understand how you contribute to the objectives of your college or service.

The benefits of a PDR for the individual include:

  • A forrmal opportunity to review progress and plan for future activity and development
  • An exchange of experience and feedback at both personal and professional levels
  • Clarification of roles and responsibilities
  • Opportunity to suggest improvements and changes
  • A formal record of experience and learning over time.

You should discuss your development needs with your line-manager as part of the PDR process, links and more information can be found on the PDR webpages, as can a link to the e-PDR system.

If you are new to the University of Exeter

If you are new to the University of Exeter, please complete the following Researcher Development introductory activities. These are in addition to the general mandatory University-wide staff induction training for all staff or any College-specific induction activities that you might be required to complete:

  • Researcher Development Introductory Session – who we are, what we do and how to engage
  • Researcher Career Explorer - a short course which examines your career options
  • Profiling for Success – online self-assessment tools

All of our courses have been mapped against the national Researcher Development Framework (RDF), a tool that helps you consider your professional development as a rounded researcher. Most of our courses address multiple domains and sub-domains.

The Exeter Academic

The Exeter Academic focuses on how the University continues to create the right environment for our academic community to be the best that they can be. The dedicated Exeter Academic website has been designed to enable you to access the information and guidance that you need to develop your career or to support others to do so. It also provides updates on how the academic experience at Exeter is evolving and improving.

Full list of current training and development: 

We are currently planning the training and development programme for 2018-19 with colleagues from Research Services, so please check back here for further details.

 

 

  • University of Exeter Early Career research only staff (ie grades E to G) can view training descriptions and register online via the Trent HR Self-service System
  • Other University of Exeter Staff are able to access session descriptions and submit a request to register for specific courses by contacting the University of Exeter Researcher Development Team. In your email, please state which session you wish to attend as well as your full name, department, employee ID number. In the subject line please put: 'University of Exeter Additional Staff attendance at [name of workshop or event, date of workshop or event]'
  • Early Career Research staff at other GW4 Universities (Bristol, Bath and Cardiff) are able to access session descriptions and submit a request to register for specific courses by contacting the University of Exeter Researcher Development Team. In your email, please state which session you wish to attend as well as your full name, department, university and employee ID number. In the subject line please put: 'GW4 Attendance at [name of workshop or event, date of workshop or event]'