Aston University is always strongly committed to developing its research staff and has already undertaken several initiatives to support their development. We have put in place an Action Plan to implement the key principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and been awarded the HR Excellence in Research Award in recognition of our commitment to fostering researcher development.
To further our commitment to supporting the career development of our researchers, notably our early career researchers (ECRs), and based on the recommendations of a University-wide working group, which have been approved by the University Executive, we have now expanded our existing initiatives, providing them with a wide range of new opportunities, activities and resources for their personal, professional and career development.
These opportunities, activities and resources include:
Mentoring support: All ECRs at Aston are now expected to have a mentor on their arrival at the University. The mentor is usually a senior member of academic faculty. If any ECR does not have one or has not been allocated one, they are advised to talk to their Head of Group or Department. Their mentor should involve in their development of a Career Development Plan (CDP) and a Training Needs Analysis (TNA), which is reviewed on a regular basis in the first two years of their employment.