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Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) Enhancement Awards - 2023 Award Winners!

Background: In 2023 the Researcher Development and Research Culture team received funding from Research England to support the development and enhancement of research culture related activities across the University of Exeter.

Purpose: The ECRN Enhancement Awards provided funding for current ECRNs to enhance or promote their activities or re-establish network activities. The awards were also available to create new ECRNs in or across departments/faculties that do not  have an established ECRN. These awards were not for the establishment or development of PGR-only networks. 

The 2023 Winners are:

ECR Mentoring Scheme  

ECRN: Centre for Ecology & Conservation (CEC) ECRN – Penryn 

Award Holder: Dr David Baker 


Supporting the launch of a new mentoring scheme for all Early Career Researchers at CEC with the aim of providing support, advice and guidance on career and research development and progression; personal effectiveness; funding strategies; improvement of research conduct; leadership and research impact. 

Early Career Researcher Conference Day 2023

ECRN: Department of Community and Health Sciences 

Award Holder: Dr Rebecca Whear 


Supporting the combined development of new and pre-existing Early Career Networks within the new established Faculty through a collaborative hybrid day event. This collaborative effort will develop networking skills and leadership knowledge, focus on personal development, wellbeing and provide a space where networkers and researchers come together to share experiences, identify future network activities and share their hopes for the networks going forward. 

ECR week at the Living Systems Institute

ECRN: Living Systems Institute (LSI ECRN)  

Award Holder: Dr Hannah Laeverenz Schlogelhofer 


Supporting the continued development of the LSI ECRN with a week-long programme of activities in June 2023, complemented by monthly post-doc coffee mornings and PhD seminars. These activities aim to continue to strengthen the LSI ECRN by providing the 58 ECRs and 75 PGRs affiliated within the two Faculties hosted at the LSI with opportunities to develop their research skills and initiate collaborations, while fostering inclusivity and supporting wellbeing. 

The ENDEER initiative (ENcouraging DEvelopment of Early and mid-career Researchers) 

ECRN: Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care (APEx) Early and Mid-Career Researcher Network 

Award Holder: Dr Sinéad McDonagh 


Supporting a range of activities to enhance early and mid-career researchers’ (ECRs/MCRs) knowledge and skills relating to impact, leadership, career progression and fellowships, along with providing protected time to network/collaborate and focus on developing productivity skills and outputs. The ENDEER initiative aims to build a supportive and interactive community within APEx, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (HLS), and beyond.