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The University of Southampton
Working as a Researcher

Career support

All professional researchers will need to keep their skills set up to date and ‘in good standing’. The University offers a range of resources, professional development opportunities and workshops that can help you achieve this

Early career researchers (i.e. those who have completed a PhD within the last 6 years) have access to the Careers and Employability Service resources, including the ‘Drop-in’ or advisory service, which is now online during Covid-19.

There is a ECR login/registration that provides access to all services via  MyCareer, the online Careers’ Database.

CHEP - the Centre for Higher Education Practice - supports academic development in general and specialises in education development. CHEP's SharePoint site is a useful resource for those looking to develop their education and academic practice.

Who can I speak to?

You can book a one-to-one session with a careers consultant via the MyCareer service.

What resources are available?

All provision is currently online.  

Go to MyCareer on the Careers and Employability Service website - where you will find the Early Career Researchers log-in  

The ECR Development Hub in SharePoint, which has links to a selection of online courses and resources to assist your Personal and Research Effectiveness.  The hub also contains a list of External Providers who offer independent coaching and training courses, and are experienced in the research environment.  

The National Centre for Research Methods, which is based at the University of Southampton, runs a year-round programme of training courses and has a large library of free online resources.

CHEP education GATEWAY - is coming soon!  

If you have suggestions for future courses or any comments, please email the Centre for Higher Education Practice - CHEP

Training resources

LinkedIn Learning

Your University account also gives you access to a wide range of videos through the LinkedIn Learning online library.

Scott Bradbury

You can access a library of short videos from Scott Bradbury, covering both line management and broader working relationship.

Rob [University careers consultant] listened to my concerns about my contract ending and ideas for future work and helpfully advised and recommended a course. At first the course was full, but Rob extended the number of places so that I could book onto it.

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