Early Career Researchers (ECR) Hub

We work with the Academic Colleges and Early Career Research networks to:

  • Develop world-class Early Career Research staff (Post Docs) – through generic research-related skills acquisition, team-working and networking opportunities
  • Ensure our Early Career Researchers are globally competitive, and effective in their research
  • Advise on labour-market informed employability and career management options, both within and beyond academia.

The programmes and initiatives we run are mapped against the national Researcher Development Framework and the quality of our programmes is recognised by the University's retention of the European Commission's HR Excellence in Research Award.

We encourage our Early Career Researchers to discuss their development needs as part of their e-PDR process.

ECR Training and Development

We have a wide range of training courses and professional development opportunities available to Early Career Researchers across the University of Exeter. All of our courses are bookable via the Trent self-service system.

ECR Networks

Early Career Research Networks (ECRNs) are designed to help support our Early Career Researchers in the beginning stages of their career. The ECRNs are designed to help raise awareness of new developments in a particular field as well as a chance to meet others.

ECR Liaison Forum

The ECR Liaison Forums are a fantastic opportunity for Early Career Researchers to meet and discuss what their community needs from the University. The forums typically meet four times a year and have representation on the Doctoral College Strategic Board.

Researcher- led initiatives

Our Researcher-led initiative awards are funds made available to ECR staff to support the development and cascading of personal, professional and career management skills.

Images of Research

Images of Research is an annual competition that challenges our Early Career Researchers to communicate their research, using images, to the general public. 

Wellbeing Support

Early Career Researcher staff have access to a wealth of Wellbeing support from the Doctoral College, as a member of staff and via Care First - 0800 174319 (24/7 hotline)

Careers Support

ECRs have access to 1-2-1 face-to-face, telephone or skype appointments with our experienced career's consultant Kate. To book your appointment email: researcherdevelopment@exeter.ac.uk.

LibGuide for ECRs

We have created a dedicated ECR LibGuide to help you quickly find out about the Library services, resources and support available to you as an ECR.

HR in Excellence in Research

The University’s HR Excellence in Research Award reflects the achievements of the University in meeting its obligations in supporting researchers to be the best that they can. 

Research Services

Research Services and the Research Toolkit are the hubs for all research activities at the University of Exeter, providing professional support for researchers, particularly in relation to funding support and bid development. 

GW4 Opportunities

Early Career Researchers at Exeter benefit from access to skills training and resources from across the Great West 4 (GW4)institutions of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. The 2019 GW4 Crucible is now open for applications, click here for details.

Contact Us

Researcher Development Team
University of Exeter Doctoral College
Ground Floor, Old Library

Telephone: +44 (0)1392 725337