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Early Career Researcher (ECR) network

The BU Early Career Researcher (ECR) Network is designed to support early career researchers and PGRs at BU, offering general advice and support as well as tailored workshops for skills training and career development.

The network also provides an opportunity to network and form connections – creating a community in which expertise can be shared, and collaborative working encouraged. There is a dedicated Brightspace community to share ideas, ask questions and access support.

It is open to all who identify as being in the early stages of their research career – whether a Postgraduate Researcher, newly-appointed academic, or returning to research.

If you are not already a member of the network but would like to be, or if you have any questions, please contact: RKEDF@bournemouth.ac.uk.

About the ECR network

The network was first launched in September 2018 to help support and address a broad range of ECR needs, and informs the development of an annual programme of events, workshops, informal meetings, and other forms of support. ECR network members also learn from each other through the sharing of experience, advice and suggestions on best practice.

The ECR network is coordinated by two academic leads, Dr Sam Goodman (FMC) and Professor Ann Hemingway (HSS), and is supported by Research Development and Support (RDS).

Dr Sam Goodman and Prof. Ann Hemingway introduce the ECR network

2022/23 events programme

The ECR network meets monthly, with a great line-up of events and networking opportunities.

Many of the sessions will have a theme, with a discussion on a popular topic, followed by more general Q&A and networking. Some sessions are drop-in surgeries where you can pop in for a chat with other Early Career Researchers, or to discuss particular concerns if you need a bit of guidance. Follow up support is also available if needed. 

The dates and session details can be found below. All sessions are 16:00 – 17:00 and are planned to take place in-person unless specified otherwise. Please book via the staff intranet . 

28TH SEPTEMBER  Welcome & Surgery Session  
12TH OCTOBER   Academic Publishing 
23RD NOVEMBER   Surgery 
11TH JANUARY   MCR – New to Research 
25TH JANUARY  Surgery 
8TH FEBRUARY  Public Engagement and Impact  
8TH MARCH  Work/Life Balance 
12TH APRIL  Pay & Promo 
10TH MAY  Surgery 
14TH JUNE  Imposter Syndrome 

“I would really recommend the ECR network to other researchers. The meetings are always valuable and informative, and everyone is friendly and supportive. Personally, I found it was a lifeline during the UK lockdowns to have a (virtual) space to chat with others at ECRN meetings.”

Dr Raf Nicolson – read Raf’s blog about the ECR Network

 The British Academy ECR Network 

BU is also a member of the British Academy Early Career Researcher Network, which is open to early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences.  

The two-year pilot programme aims to establish an inclusive, UK-wide Network for ECRs, providing opportunities for skills development and networking across the whole country. 

The network offers a range of opportunities, including the chance to meet the Fellows of the British Academy, gain access to an exclusive community via an online platform and access a range of activities, including training, workshops, and panel sessions.

You can find out more about the network on the British Academy website.

Seed funding opportunity – deadline 26 September 2022 

The British Academy ECR Network South West Hub has launched a new seed funding award scheme.

The aim of the scheme is to enable you to create new cross-sector research partnerships or get funding to support your career development. They are offering small awards (of up to £3K) to support the direct costs associated with research activities, the development of new stakeholder relationships, broadening knowledge of a sector, future career options or accessing resources and facilities.

To be eligible, you must be a member of the British Academy Early Career Researcher Network and be associated with the South West Hub. The deadline for applications is midday 26 September 2022.