Early Career Researcher Forum for Health-related researchers

We are a diverse group of early career researchers who work in an academic and/or clinical setting. We are committed to career development, support and training to develop the research leaders of the future.

The Early Career Researcher Forum for Health-related researchers defines Early Career Researchers as individuals self-identifying as an early-stage researcher, from PhD student onwards. This broad definition recognises the different routes and varied career paths that may lead to an independent research career

Our concordat sets out the commitment of the University of Plymouth to supporting the career development of researchers.

The Early Career Research forum has been set up to:
  • provide a supportive space for early career researchers across the University and health and social care settings to meet up and share their experiences
  • offer information on a range of opportunities, funding and useful resources in one space, saving time and effort
  • deliver a space to establish shared interests and facilitate inter and intra-departmental collaborations
  • ensure effective representation of Early Career Researcher interests.

Useful links and resources

General interest external links

The Research Whisperer (General, International focus)

If you are on FaceBook, these two accounts are both proactive with forums for asking questions, sharing knowledge and resources and seeking support.

  • PhD OWLs (Older Wiser Learners)
  • Healthcare Professionals In Research
Tara Brabazon is the Dean of Graduate Research at Flinders University, Austrlia. She has produced over 200 vlogs (video blogs) covering topics related to post-graduate research, available to view at: www.youtube.com/user/TaraBrabazon   

The Academy of Medical Sciences has created a new career ‘support space’ on our website for biomedical and health researchers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

CAHPR top tips: Navigating doctoral studies series

myIDP - a unique, web-based career-planning tool tailored to meet the needs of PhD students and post doctorates in the sciences

The RDF is a professional development framework for planning, promoting and supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers in higher education. It articulates the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers and encourages them to realise their potential.

Elsevier Researcher Academy - Free e-learning resources for researchers.

Writing and presentation skills external links

Patter by Pat Thompson (focus on writing, especially for PhD and ECRs)

Raul Pacheco-Vega (focus on writing with tips for organising work)

Echo Rivera (focus on presentation and communication skills)

A resource for writing in turbulent times - 5 Strategies for writing in turbulent times

Resources for writing - Virtual not viral