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We are delighted to welcome you to the Research Community at the University of Exeter. Exeter is the UK’s fastest growing research university, across a breadth of disciplinary and interdisciplinary subjects.

Our highly collegial research community drives many of our future ambitions. We are delighted that so many researchers have chosen to join our community, and to make Exeter or Cornwall their home.

Our Exeter Doctoral College is led by Professor Stacey Hynd. The Doctoral College coordinates training, representation and career development for researchers at this critical stage. We are guided in particular by our commitments under the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.

We are aware that our researchers come to us from diverse backgrounds and bring different ambitions, but are united in a commitment to producing research of the highest quality. We want you to be part of that. We aim to empower and support you in your research and your career.


The University of Exeter is committed to providing you with the best environment and skills to carry out research and ensure you are equipped to make the most of your abilities and potential. The ECR post-doctoral support within the Researcher Development team is here to help and support you. We work closely with academic colleges and other services within the university to:

  • Develop world-class Early Career Research staff – 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 information informed employability and career management options, both within and outside academia.
  • Ensure that our Early Career Researchers have a ‘voice’ across the University and are involved in University strategy.