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Career development tools and information for researchers to help you plan ahead.

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Career Pathways for Researchers

Career Routes 

It is never too early to start thinking about what career direction you might take. The Researcher Career Routes diagram outlines in broad terms the different ways in which your career might develop. Having an understanding of the direction you wish to take will help inform the decisions that you take about the training and development you need.

Career Development Review
All contract research staff and research fellows in the MPLS Division are entitled to receive a development review during their first six months of employment either from their PI or another senior member of faculty, and then an annual development review thereafter.


The purpose of the development review is to give researchers an opportunity to reflect on their current work, and develop a plan for the future, whether in academia, industry, public service or elsewhere.  The review is not linked in any way to references, discipline, reappointment or promotion.

The manager responsible for HR in your department will be in touch to let you know when your review is coming due, and will explain the procedure. You will be responsible for completing a form in advance of a meeting with your reviewer. That form will prompt you to think about your achievements to date in a number of different areas, your career objectives, and your next steps in order to meet those objectives. You will also need to update your CV. You will then send the form and your CV to your reviewer and meet to discuss what you can do over the next 6 to 12 months to set you on the path to achieve those career objectives.  In the meantime you may wish to update your CV and start the process of thinking about your career plans with your colleagues or the Careers Service (which also provides one-to-one advice).

If you wish, you may choose someone other than your line manager or the PI in your research group to do the review.

A template and a guide for conducting a development review are available here to download. Researchers as well as Principal Investigators may find these useful in preparation for the review.

The Lockey Fund

The Lockey Committee makes grants for attendance at overseas scientific conferences and  symposia. The fund is aimed at academic and research staff who hold a doctorate and are members of Congregation, but applications are also considered from postdoctoral research workers etc. who are not members of Congregation. Applications should be submitted by the end of Seventh Week. Click here for more information and an application form

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of ResearchersConcordat Image

The Concordat is an agreement between the major funders and employers of researchers in the UK. It sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders. You can find further information about it on the Vitae website. In the light of this Concordat, the University developed the University’s Code of Practice for the employment and career development of research staff