Early-career researcher network hub opens in Scotland

Following similar initiatives in England, the British Academy’s third hub broadens a network connecting and supporting postdoctoral researchers in the humanities and social sciences

A two-year pilot programme for UK-based postdoctoral researchers in the humanities and social sciences is opening a hub in Scotland.

The third and final hub of the British Academy’s Early-Career Researcher (ECR) Network will be co-led by the universities of Stirling and Glasgow, with the support of other Scottish academic institutions.

Run in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation, the programme aims to create a UK-wide network of physical and virtual spaces for ECRs to collaborate, connect, be helped with skills development, and attend workshops and events.

Hubs were previously launched in the Midlands and south-west England, with the pilot running until March 2023.

“[The hub] represents a significant strengthening of the ECR landscape in Scotland and will help Scottish universities to promote the careers of the next generation of academics and researchers,” said Professor Neville Wylie, deputy principal (internationalisation) and interim dean of the faculty of arts and humanities at the University of Stirling.

“I am looking forward to drawing in early-career researchers from across Scotland who can benefit from the events and opportunities that will be run as part of the hub.”

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All humanities and social sciences researchers from Scotland, the south-west of England and the Midlands who identify as early-career are invited to join the ECR Network via the British Academy’s registration form.

This includes people outside of academia, such as those in independent research organisations and other policy or third sector institutions, or people not in employment.

“It is fantastic to see the British Academy’s Early-Career Researcher Network expand into Scotland,” said Professor Christina Boswell, dean of research at the college of arts, humanities and social sciences, the University of Edinburgh, and the British Academy’s vice-president for public policy.

“While Scottish universities have strong collaborations in place for PhD students and those pursuing more advanced research in humanities and social science, there is a real gap in Scotland-wide networks for early-career researchers.

“This exciting opportunity will help address that gap, providing a much-needed framework for researchers to build interdisciplinary peer groups, identify and deliver support and training tailored to their needs, and develop the confidence and skills to launch successful careers.”

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