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

If you are new to the University of Exeter

If you are new to the University of Exeter, you may wish to complete the Profiling for Success – online self-assessment tools. You can use these tools to understand more about:

  • How your abilities relate to your individual career choices
  • Your learning style and how you can become a more effective learner
  • You preferences and how these relate to your strengths and possible areas for development

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.

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

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.

A list of upcoming ECR trainining and development courses are listed below:

Full list of current ECR training and development opportunities:

  • 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]'

 

Other training activities from across the University, that are open to ECRs, are detailed in the drop-down menus below.

There is also a drop-down menu link to information on the PDR process and how you should use this to plan and implement your own professional development, in conversation with your PI or line-manager. 

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.

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.

These sessions provide essential information for all staff who want to generate new funding and research opportunities by working with businesses and other organisations.

These sessions distil key information about how to work effectively with non-academic partners (the what, when, whys and how) and the support available to do so, covering:

  • Engaging with business
  • Research collaboration
  • Impact
  • Consultancy
  • Commercialising your research
  • Regional Funding

This accessible series of short sessions takes place in core hours on Wednesday afternoons.

They are also an informal opportunity to meet members of the Innovation, Impact and Business team to discuss how they can support you, with a drop-in space accompanying each session.

For more information and booking details please see the IIB Essentials webpage.