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Researcher Development : Narrative CVs



Education and Research


Education and Research This activity is for staff on R and E&R only contracts - grades E-G.

This session will be DELIVERED VIRTUALLY - joining instructions will be provided beforehand.

About this course:

A practical and interactive CV preparation course for Early Career Researchers (ECR's).

The tools and techniques introduced in this session will be applicable to all those who wish to develop their skills and knowledge in creating a Narrative CV in accordance with UKRI and European requirements as part of applications for research grants.

There will be information provided and opportunities for Q & A as well as case study examples from researchers who have been successful in securing funding using a Narrative CV as part of the grant application process.

Content will include:.

- Key success criteria for a Narrative CV.

- Create a story about your research career showing evidence of outputs and impact (giving examples from your research practice).

- Development of a personal approach to developing a UKRI compliant CV.

- Insights on the range of resources available and their relevance and usefulness in preparing the documentation for a Narrative CV.

- Identification of further help and support.

Learning outcomes:

As a result of attending this course, you will be able to:.

- Recognise the purpose of a Narrative CV in relation to UKRI requirements for grant applications.

- Learn how to apply different preparation models and methods to creating relevant documents prior to writing the CV.

- Critically evaluate a wide range of evidence that can be included in a narrative CV i.e.

leadership, public engagement, research impact, evidence of positive collaboration ? not just publications.

- Recognise the need to explain how you have completed research not just what you have achieved.

- Tell a story of how your research career has progressed.

- Identify clear motivations for your career pathway as a researcher.

- Demonstrate how you have made an impact as a researcher (with reference to outputs and impact).

- Reflect on the broader impact of your work.

- Gain insights via case studies of narrative CVs completed by research staff.

Who should attend this course:

The course is specifically designed for early career research staff.


This session is delivered by Kenneth Howgill, Researcher Development Career Coach for Early Career Researchers with the Doctoral College, supported by the Researcher Development and Research Culture team.

Before the course:

It would be helpful to spend a short amount of time (30-45 minutes) reviewing a grant you are interested in and make notes using the supplied CV template.

This will be provided before the webinar together with the joining link.

Learning provider:

This course is administered by Researcher Development; please contact for more details.

If you register for any of our sessions, it is expected that you will attend.

If you are not able to attend please log in to the `iTrent' online system to remove your name from the relevant activity before it is due to take place.

You will be expected you to attend for the whole session and for ease of administration, attendance registers will be taken at the end of each session.

Should you need to leave a session early or you experience ongoing technical issues, please email

This course occurs on the following dates
06/12/2023 TBC 10:30 12:00 Free 0
23/01/2024 Delivered Virtually 14:00 15:30 Free Kenneth Howgill 0
26/03/2024 Delivered Virtually 10:00 11:30 Free Kenneth Howgill 0

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