Early career researchers form a vital part of the academic community at Aston. We greatly value their commitment and contribution and strongly support their career development. By providing them with a wide range of useful advice, guidance, resources and training opportunities, we want to support them in all aspects of their personal, professional and career development, so that they can increase their research skills and become world-class researchers.
This website is specifically created to provide our research staff, notably our early career researchers (ECRs)*, with all information on the activities, opportunities and resources that Aston offers to support their career development. These include the ECR DevelopmentProgramme and Annual ECR Research Events and ECR Forum.
About ECR development
The Concordat and Aston
ECR Development Programme
Meet some of our ECRs
Vitae resources for ECRs
ECR Events and ECR Forum
Information for ECR supporters
Who we are
* For the purpose of this website, ECRs are defined as those staff who have a primary employment function of undertaking ‘research’ or ‘teaching and research’, and who have been in their first employed role as a researcher/lecturer normally for two years or less. Early career researchers are, therefore, University lecturers and research staff (including postdoctoral researchers, research fellows, research assistants/associates) newly employed at Aston. Although the website has been specifically designed for ECRs, much of the information it provides is still relevant to other senior research staff and those are in a support role for ECRs at Aston.
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