Coventry University chosen to be part of first regional hub for the British Academy’s new Early Career Researcher Network

Thursday 11 November 2021

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The British Academy recently announced that a new hub to support UK based arts and humanities doctoral researchers would be established in the Midlands as part of a pilot programme. Coventry University has been selected to partner with 13 other entities and form a network for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) that is inclusive and researcher-led.

The British Academy is inviting all Midlands based researchers who are in the very early stages of their career to apply to join their network via their website. This includes those working outside of academic or higher education institutions who could be located in independent research organisations and other policy or third sector institutions, the invitation also extends to those who are not currently employed but have with relevant links into the Midlands research community.

This pilot marks the beginning of a crucial phase of the British Academy’s Early Career Researcher Network during which we will be listening closely to feedback from researchers and looking for the best ways to provide the training and professional support that is most in demand.

Inclusivity is a key priority. We want to ensure that all those with a contribution to make to research in the humanities and social sciences have the chance to excel at the start of their career, whether or not they are attached to a university or research organisation

Vanessa Cuthill, Director of Research at the British Academy,

Coventry University is delighted to be a part of the Midlands regional hub for the British Academy Early Career Network. This presents a great opportunity for Coventry University’s ECRs and we look forward to working with the other entities forming the Midlands hub to advance equal access to training, career development and networking opportunities for ECRs across the region.

Professor Richard Dashwood, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Further hubs will be announced in other regions and nations of the UK as the pilot programme – made possible thanks to a partnership with the Wolfson Foundation – expands in the next two years. The aim is to eventually establish a UK-wide network for researchers in the humanities and social sciences, providing opportunities for skills development and networking across the whole country.

Find out more, and join the Early Career Research Network.