NERC early career researcher evaluation - The health of the research base

3 August 2017

NERC is undertaking an evaluation of its support for early career researchers (ECRs) to be completed in 2017. This evaluation is the first of its kind to be undertaken by NERC to gain a better understanding of the challenges and issues facing ECRs during this crucial period for their career development.

The outcomes of this evaluation will determine whether current NERC strategy and activities are effective at maintaining a healthy research base for the environmental sciences, and ensuring the training and opportunities available for NERC ECRs are appropriate for facilitating success in the broad range of careers they enter.

The evidence to inform this evaluation will be collected through an online survey - external link - developed by market research specialists DJS Research, NERC and its advisory boards. The audience for this survey is primarily ECRs within NERC's remit but it also provides the opportunity for employers of ECRs and other key stakeholders to provide feedback. This survey will be complemented by case study interviews to provide further information concerning the insights arising from the survey and explore in greater depth the challenges facing ECRs.

The online survey will run from 1 August to 2 October 2017 and NERC intends to publish the findings of this evaluation in December 2017.

Contact

If you have any questions concerning the NERC ECR evaluation, please contact the NERC Research Careers team at .

David Roberts
07468 710572