The Research Career Development Group (RCaD) is open to researchers in FHM who share an interest in furthering their own career development and in strengthening organisational support for research career development and progression. The group is predominantly aimed at those who are employed on time-limited employment contracts, including researchers at early career stages as well as those who already have varying levels of experience.
The goals of group meetings are to allow attendees to discuss issues that affect their research and career development in a friendly, informal atmosphere, and also to raise awareness of and give a voice to those issues at Divisional and Faculty Research Committees. RCaD meetings take place every 6-8 weeks over lunchtime. Topics range from identifying areas for professional development to national/University level issues that impact on researchers. The group also organises occasional workshops and invites helpful guest speakers to meetings.
If you are interested in coming to future meetings, all are welcome! Please email Emma Halliday to find out the details.
Lancaster University provides a programme of workshops and activities that support research staff in their career and professional development. Here you can also find more information about the University's action plan to support the full implementation of the Concordat at Lancaster.
The Lancaster University Research Support Office is a source of advice and guidance on external grants and projects.
The national organisation Vitae supports the professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes and is a useful source of information for researchers. Vitae also arrange training events and conferences aimed at the professional development of researchers.
The University of Manchester has produced a helpful website to help you make choices about an academic career and to decide if an academic career is for you.
The FHM Research Career Development Group hosted a reflective workshop on effective practice in research on 17 July 2014, moderated by professional coach Will Medd..
The FHM Research Career Development Group hosted a session on ethics in research. The session titled 'Ethics in Research: Doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching!' took place at Lancaster University on 11 July 2012.