Early Career Researcher Support

Early Career Researchers may find the following menu of career, personal, professional and research development resources helpful. 

Networks and Organisations


A sector wide organisation aiming to support researcher development.  Many HEIs are members of Vitae giving their staff access to member only resources.

British Academy Early Career Researcher Network

Open to early researchers working in or with Humanities and Social Sciences in the Midlands, Scotland and the South West (expanding nationwide).  Offers a range of events to members and the opportunity to deliver events such as workshops.

SPRITE+ network plus

The network website has resources for early career researchers involved in research, practice, and policy with a focus on digital contexts across the spectrum of issues relating to security, privacy, identity and trust.

Career development training


A free course that allows participants to explore different career options, learn what you want out of a career and understand how to implement good career decisions.

Periscope Programmes

offers a bespoke programme on progressing an academic career, and coaching.

Research coach

Research Coach provides specialist coaching and training for researchers and academics (PhD to Professor) including supporting individual researchers and academics, via one to one coaching to identify and achieve their goals, find solutions to challenges and grow in their professional and personal lives


Training that equips researchers with the skills, tools and confidence needed to extract maximum value from their research.

Grant funding development consultancy

Sally Baggott Editing

Sally Baggott Editing provides training and on-to-one support for developing applications for research funding, with experience of supporting ECRs applying to ESRC, AHRC, The British Academy and Leverhulme Trust.

Career development training

Code Switch Consultants

Code Switch Consultants work with researchers who want to cultivate their skills in engaging with industry.  Their programmes and workshops can be accessed through online, in-person, or on-demand micro-learning formats.