Early Career Researchers

Lancaster University is committed to supporting the career skills development of early career researchers in all faculties and this provision is supplemented by support from Research Services.  

Research Development Officers (RDOs) are based in each faculty and provide guidance and support to early career researchers including: intelligence regarding the funding landscape; how to search for funding; development of bids; partnership and networking tips and signposting to a range of internal support and training.   

Research Connect

The University subscribes to a database of funding opportunities and research intelligence.  Newly appointed members of staff are strongly encouraged to create a Research Connect profile to receive funding alerts and keep up to date with the latest funding opportunities  


Vitae is the global leader in supporting the professional development of researchers, experienced in working with institutions as they strive for research excellence, innovation and impact.  The website has a wealth of resources and information.

Through Vitae, the University also has a Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, which is an agreement between funders and employers of research staff to improve the employment and support for researchers and research careers in UK higher education.

Lancaster University Research Staff Association

Formed in 2013 with the aim of supporting contract researchers across campus to ‘make life better’, while developing a real sense of community between research colleagues, RSA is run on a voluntary basis by researchers with the aid of OED.  Membership is automatic on employment and all research staff are welcome to attend informal meetings, presentations, discussion forums, workshops and social occasions.