Encouraging greater development opportunities for early career researchers
Encouraging greater development opportunities for early career researchers is the focus of a new Research Training Framework and changes being made to AHRC application forms and peer-review guidance.
Consultations over the past year, on career development and training for early career researchers, including those on AHRC funded projects, has revealed a number of concerns. These include access to teaching and training opportunities, the limited amount of time allocated to their personal research and resources for conference attendance.
Applicants will now be asked to outline the development opportunities for the researchers employed on proposed projects. Peer reviewers will also invited to consider the quality of the provision outlined as part of their assessment of the application.
To sit alongside these changes we have also launched the ‘AHRC Research training Framework- Early Career Researchers’ (PDF, 228KB) this document outlines ways in which early career researchers can be supported at this stage of their careers.
Dr Ian Lyne Associate Director at the AHRC states: “The AHRC’s overarching aim for researcher development in the art and humanities is to support excellent researchers both for the health of the UK research base and the wider sector. The new Research Training Framework and changes to applications forms and guidance clarify our expectations for support and development of early carer researchers.”
For further information from the AHRC, please contact Danielle Moore-Chick on 01793 41 6021 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes for editors
- As the UK’s largest funder of postgraduate funding in the arts and humanities, the AHRC is committed to sustaining future generations of researchers by funding postgraduate research and supporting excellent provision of postgraduate and early-career training and skills. The AHRC maintains oversight of national capability and monitors the overall health of the arts and humanities. Full information about our commitment in this area can be found at http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/skills/
- The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy have announced the results of a detailed survey which highlights the kind of issues faced by Arts and Humanities researchers in the period immediately following doctoral study. Details of the results of the survey are detailed in the Oakleigh Report.
- The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. www.ahrc.ac.uk