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Training and Development

We have a wide range of training and development opportunities for Early Career Researchers (ECRs)- you can view the opportunities available to you below. 

As a new ECR you are also required to complete mandatory training, as directed by HR. For more information about mandatory training for staff please visit the HR webpages. 

Researcher Development Programme

The Researcher Development programme, is a dedicated programme specifically designed for ECRs. 

Careers Support

We have a dedicated careers coach with whom you are able to book a 1-2-1 appointment to discuss your next steps and options. 

Research and Innovation Essentials

The Research and Innovation Essentials Series gives vital information to researchers about the research grant lifestyle, from application to grant management. 

Learning and Development

As well as the RDP programme, ECRs also have access to any of the courses ran centrally by the Learning and Development team.

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.

One Step Beyond

ECRs have access to the Universities One Step Beyond mentoring scheme, an academic mentoring scheme which spans across all faculties. 

Open Research

The Open Research team supports Research Data Management and Open Access. That includes the institutional repository ORE, central open access funds and publishers’ agreements to publish in open access without costs.


As well as training provided by the University, ECRs also have access to the training provided by GW4.



The Library has created a dedicated LibGuide for ECRs to help them navigate the library resources.