C5 - Outstanding support for early career researchers

Day 2 at 11:00 - We invite the audience to learn about our Researcher Development Programme, called NU2EU. NU2EU is an innovative research programme to develop transferable skills and careers of early career researchers at the University of Wolverhampton.
The objectives are to help those that are new to working across Europe to build:

1. confidence and collaborative relationships;
2. an in-depth understanding of the EU research and innovation landscape; and
3. skills in producing competitive proposals that are submitted.

The programme design involved a unique collaboration between the private sector and the university’s Project Support office, Brussels office, and Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing to meet researcher developmental needs.

NU2EU was also monitored as a small scale research project to measure effectiveness in terms of “post-doc” career development. Research, enterprise and leadership skill sets were mapped and measured in relation to the Vitae researcher development framework which is part of our concordat strategy.

We also intend to demonstrate some of the elements of this programme.

Presentation from Workshop C5


Day Day 2
Session C
Start time 11.00
Strand Research Staff
Code C5

Janette Gilder - Director Project Support Office,  European Business and Research Development Manager, University of Wolverhampton     

Karen Bill - Associate Dean, European Business and Research Development Manager, University of Wolverhampton

Workshop topics

The following successes have been achieved against the project objectives above:

  • Increased confidence in all participants, one participant has been promoted within their field of expertise
  • Four new research collaborations with international partners.
  • Four programmes to attract research fellows from international universities are in the pipeline.
  • Participation as partners in two projects and lead applicant on two programmes worth in total 998,936 Euros.
  • Participants developed increased scientific confidence to talk about their work in a wider EU and university context.
  • Greater awareness of EU research opportunity within the participants enhancing their career potential; five strong collaboration opportunities in development with these participants to further Research Activity.

Workshop themes covered

  • New approaches to enabling researchers to reach their potential and make powerful career choices
  • Leadership development for researchers
  • New and interesting ways of supporting mobility - international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary
  • Researcher development within the cohort model: practice sharing from doctoral training centres/partnership and other cohort based models
  • Researchers’ development across boundaries: learning from international collaborations and exploring inter-cultural competence