The winner of this year’s award for Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers

01/12/2011

The winner of this year's award for Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers, supported by Vitae and presented by Janet Metcalfe, Chair and Head, Vitae, at this year's dinner on 24 November is the University of Manchester for its new website  "An Academic Career".

The website helps aspiring academics understand what academics really do and how to become an academic, and to assess whether academia is really for them. It encourages early career researchers to turn aspiration into action, whilst acknowledging that many researchers do not ultimately become academics. The website includes video advice throughout from academics, and practical sections on finding academic jobs, and academic CVs and interviews.

The five other higher education institutions shortlisted for the category were:

  • University of Bath
  • University of Nottingham
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Strathclyde

This award is given to the individual, team or institution that has developed the most innovative or exemplary scheme to enhance and develop the transferable and careers skills of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers.

Janet Metcalfe said that the website

‘It is not about being very good, but about being better than all the other very good people trying to succeed in academia -  on a global scale.’

‘ It is not about being very good, but about being better than all the other very good people trying to succeed in academia -  on a global scale.’

Ellen Pearce, Director, Vitae added

‘ We would like to congratulate all the institutions that submitted applications for the award; the entries were both wide-ranging and of a very high standard. Our congratulations go to Manchester and to the other shortlisted institutions.’

For more details visit the University of Manchester website.

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