The Think Ahead programme is a comprehensive blend of training workshops, career mentoring, and work-based opportunities tailored for Early Career Researchers.

We aim to ensure that every researcher has a positive career trajectory and access to high-quality professional development activities providing a range of skills and opportunities for personal development.  Our overall goal is that all Early Career Researcher's are provided with every opportunity to Maximise their potential.

mdhrsa logoWithin the Medical faculty the programme is run by a dedicated University funded training manager, Dr Lucy Lee, with strategic steer provided by a committee of academics called the Early Career Group, lead by Dr Graham Stafford.  The programme is informed by continual feedback from participants, up to date research and in close collaboration with Early Career Researchers in the form of the MDH faculty Research Staff Association (MDHRSA).

The Programme also supports ECRs at all stages of their appointment in the faculty including induction, yearly appraisals (SRDS), support for grant and fellowship applications, forging academic and industrial research networks and considering your next move.  We are also provide access to ECR focussed mentoring schemes run by Dr Kay Guccione.

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Development opportunities


- Think ahead training catalogue

- Research supervision, e.g. SURE scheme

- Teaching opportunities and support

- Fellowship coaching

- Induction

- Parents in Academia Network

- Mentoring Schemes

- Careers Information: Your Next move

General Information

Recent News

- What do the Early Career Group do and who are they?

- InkForge- Building our industrial Research Network


- More about the Think Ahead Programme and the Researcher Development Team

July-August 2013: SRDS underway, support available from Lucy.

June 2013: MDH faculty position on provision for ECRs and expectations of Research Group Leaders released

May 2013: Mentor of the year announced

Early Career Group

The Early Career Group champions the researcher career development agenda and steers the work of the Think Ahead programme which is managed by Dr Lucy Lee and Dr Kay Guccione (mentoring and coaching).  This group aims to ensure that all researchers in the Faculty have access to advice and training to develop their career trajectory.

In 2011 the group's work was shortlisted in the Times Higher Education 'Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers' section.  Read more here.

sureThe group also oversees the flagship SURE scheme, with academic input from Dr Martine Daly, to allow Early Career researchers to gain experience in primary supervision of summer student projects. Our research-led approach ensures the programme is continually updated to reflect the current needs of researchers and employers.