THE Award in the category Outstanding Support for Early Career Researcher


The winner of this year's [Link to Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers], supported by Vitae and presented by Janet Metcalfe, Chair and Head, Vitae, last night, is the Queens University , Belfast for its compulsory Certificate in Entrepreneurship programme .

Facilitated by Professor David Gibson, this programme enables researchers to take responsibility for their own career by seeing both themselves and their research as an enterprise and creating innovative opportunities to apply their research to non academic settings.

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

  •     University of Aberdeen
  •     University of Edinburgh
  •     University of Glasgow
  •     King's College London
  •     University of Surrey

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 about the programme:

‘The judges were impressed by the scale and intent of the Queens University , Belfast 's compulsory Certificate in Entrepreneurship, which reaches far beyond the institution. Through a combination of blended learning, training programme, project work and reflective practice, over 5000 participants have explored how to be more innovative and enterprising in their professional development and application of their research outside higher education.’

For more details visit the Queens Belfast website.