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Festival of Early Stage Researchers 2023: The festival begins this week!

20 March 2023

The Festival of Early Stage Researchers (FESR) is back from Thursday 23 March to Wednesday 29 March 2023.

Festival of Early Stage Researchers 23 - 29 March 2023

The week-long festivities will celebrate UCL’s early-stage research community's invaluable contribution to research and innovation. 

Researcher Town Hall – Research Culture

A highlight of the festivities will be the Researcher Town Hall where we address the question: ‘how do we bring about culture change in research?’

Following the UCLs 2021 research culture consultation, come along and hear updates and details of approaches which are contributing to our research culture journey. The conversation will be opened by Prof Geraint Rees, Vice-Provost (RIGE), and chaired by Prof David Bogle, Pro-Vice-Provost (Doctoral School and Research Staff). This is your opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback directly to senior leaders responsible for driving research culture change. 

Take part in the conversation and contribute to a healthy research culture at UCL.

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The FESR Fair is your chance to come together and celebrate amongst your peers, in person! The fair is a great opportunity for you to get involved in a variety of sessions, workshops, stall hopping, networking and socialising with others. Take part in the researcher community, meet colleagues, and make new contacts!

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Leadership Events

Explore your leadership potential through our Lab Leader Live and Research Leaders in Action sessions. Hear from our Lab Leader expert panel, Tom Grinyer, CEO of the Institute of Physics, Prof Rickie Patani from Neuromuscular Diseases and Dr Amy Hong from Researcher Experience. Get an insight into their leadership journeys, build your own leadership network, and find out further opportunities available for you at UCL.

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Wellbeing Events

It's important to look after your wellbeing throughout your researcher journey. That's why we think our wellbeing sessions will put a spring back in your step in no time! From discovering your zen through a mindful yoga session, learning how to cultivate a healthy work life balance to managing your financial wellbeing. The Festival of Early Stage Researchers is here to support and guide you all the way!

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Careers Toolkit

Navigating the world of academia and beyond can be challenging. The Festival of Early Stage Researchers provides a Careers Toolkit to support you to explore different opportunities available to you and make the right decision in your career journey. From practical knowledge on contemporary academic book publishing to how to source funding, there is a variety of sessions available for your professional development.

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Maximising Careers and Impact

Have you considered expanding your professional development through teaching or supervising? The Festival of Early Stage Researchers provides opportunities to explore how teaching and other education-related responsibilities can support your wider development.

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