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Early career social science researchers: experiences and support needs

19/07/2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

LocationClarke Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way London WC1H 0AL

This seminar will discuss the findings from a research study aimed at gaining an insight into the diversity of roles, opportunities and support available for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the social sciences. The objectives of the research were to:

  • Explore the variety of experiences and circumstances of ECRs in social sciences after submitting their doctorates.
  • Identify and assess the type and quality of support provided for ECRs, from a variety of sources, and identify good practice;
  • Identify the common career paths for ECRs in the social sciences and enhance an appreciations of any divergences between their career aims, expectations and reality; and
  • Review funding opportunities available to ECRs in the social sciences.

The researchers will give an overview of their findings and conclusions. They will also present the recommendations they made for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), other higher education sector bodies and universities; the actions taken by the ESRC; and, finally, their experience of undertaking policy-related research for a government agency.

About the speakers

William Locke is Reader in Higher Education Studies, Director of the Centre for Higher Education Studies and Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Higher Education at the UCL Institute for Education.

Richard Freeman is a Senior Lecturer based in the Centre for Doctoral Education, UCL Institute of Education

To attend: Please email Anna Phillips to register for this event.


UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
London,WC1H 0AUnited Kingdom

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