Institute of Education


Early career social science researchers: experiences and support needs

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm, 19 July 2018

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Clarke Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way London WC1H 0AL

This seminar will discuss the findings from a research study aimed at gaining an insight into the diversity of roles, opportunities and support available for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the social sciences whether they currently work in the higher education sector or not.

The main objectives of the research were to:

  • Assess the range of experiences and circumstances of ECRs in the social sciences after completing their PhD;
  • Identify and assess the type and quality of support provided for ECRs, from a variety of sources, and identify good practice;
  • Identify the common career trajectories for ECRs in the social sciences and develop an understanding of any disparities between their career aims, expectations and reality; and
  • review funding opportunities available to ECRs in the social sciences.

The researchers will outline the findings from the research; their conclusions; the recommendations they made for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), other higher education sector bodies and universities; the actions taken by the ESRC; and, finally, their experience of undertaking policy-related research for a government agency.

About the speakers

William Locke is Reader in Higher Education Studies, Director of the Centre for Higher Education Studies and Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Higher Education at the UCL Institute for Education.

Richard Freeman is a Senior Lecturer based in the Centre for Doctoral Education, UCL Institute of Education.



Anna Phillips