Early career researchers: career and skills development


Find inspiration to develop your career: good practice from AHRC grants

Susan Oman: how early career research funding can help empower the arts sector to tackle inequalities through data

“Many people who work in the sector are convinced that ‘they can’t do data’ or that the arts and culture sector is a fairer and more equal space than it is,” says Dr Oman from the University of Sheffield.

Dr Oman has developed a new process to improve inequality measurement, including class background, in the UK cultural sector.

Steve Ashby: how early career research funding can help broaden your area of expertise

“I am now viewed a little differently both within my specialist peer group, and in my academic department,” says Dr Steve Ashby.

Dr Ashby is a medieval archaeologist with specialism in the archaeology of portable material culture and technology.

Richard Bramwell: making connections is key

“I think the key to success is being able to see your research in context – and making connections between what you have done and what other people are studying,” says Dr Richard Bramwell, a lecturer in communication and media Studies at Loughborough University.

Rayna Denison: making global connections through early career research

Dr Rayna Denison, senior lecturer at the University of East Anglia, says: “Talk to people. Go to conferences, make connections and talk to people about developing joint projects that you can work on together.”

Alinka Greasley: making the most of a unique opportunity

Dr Alinka Greasley, Associate Professor in Music Psychology at the University of Leeds, says: “…Above all, don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to those with more experience. As an ECR it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you should know everything, and you really don’t.”

Last updated: 9 March 2023

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