Wednesday, 22 October 2014

ECR Network 2014-15

I've finally finished preparing the programme of events for Kent's Early Career Researcher (ECR) Network.

The ECR Network exists to offer mutual support to academics at the beginning of their careers. The sessions complement the Grants Factory workshops, and provide advice on establishing your career.

There will also be opportunities to meet others informally and share the highs and lows of getting started in academia.

Autumn Term 

  • Using Social Media to Support your Career: Friday 21 November 2014, 2:30-5:30pm 

Spring Term 


  • Getting Published: Targeting the Top Journals and Writing Book Proposals:   Thursday 22 January 2015, 12noon-2pm 
  • How to Win a Postdoctoral Fellowship:   Thursday 29 January2015 
  • Coping with Rejection:  Wednesday 4 March 2015, 12noon-2pm 
  • How to Overcome ‘Imposter Syndrome’:  Wednesday 8 April 2015, 1-4:30pm

Summer Term 


  • Alternative Funding for Research:  Wednesday 20 May 2015, 2-4pm
  • Getting Recognition: Promotion & Pay at Kent:  Date TBC

Details of some events (such as the time and venue) are still to be confirmed. The events are open to all at the University of Kent. Contact me for more information, or if you would like to take part in any of these events.

Grants Factory Workshops 2014-15

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the award winning Grants Factory programme.

The Grants Factory provides academics and researchers with the inside knowledge on how funders work and what makes them tick. As a result, those who attend have a much better chance of success.

The programme speakers are colleagues from Kent and elsewhere, including those who work as reviewers, panellists, and officers for the funders. These workshops are complemented by the Early Career Research Network.

Autumn Term

  • The Essential Elements of a Good Application Friday 28 November 2014, 12noon-3pm 
  • BBSRC Mock Panel Thursday 4 December 2014, 2:30-4:30pm 
  • Using Research Professional to Find the Best Funding Scheme for You Monday 8 December 2014, 1-2pm (talk) & 2:30-4pm (interactive session) 
Spring Term

  • The Essential Elements of a Good Leverhulme Fellowship Application Wednesday 4 February 2015 
  • EPSRC Mock Panel Thursday 13 February 2015, 1:30-4:30pm 
  • AHRC Mock Panel Wednesday 18 February 2015, 12noon-2pm 
  • ESRC Mock Panel Wednesday 11 March 2015, 2-4pm 
  • Engaging with Politicians & Policy Makers through Parliament Thursday 16 March 2015
  • Thinking Strategically: Understanding the Policy Landscape to Support your Application Date TBC 
  • Interdisciplinary Sandpits Dates TBC

Details of some events (such as the time and venue) are still to be confirmed. The events are free and open to all University of Kent staff, and refreshments will be provided. Contact me for more information, or if you would like to take part in any of these events.