Think Ahead programme

The Think Ahead programme is a comprehensive blend of training workshops, career mentoring, and carefully selected work-based opportunities for research staff in the Faculty of Health.

Postgraduate social research students at workshop

Developed in consultation with all stakeholders, Think Ahead is a research-led programme blending of training workshops, career mentoring, and carefully selected work-based opportunities.

We aim to ensure that every researcher has a career trajectory and access to tailored development activities including the flagship SURE scheme for ECR 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.

Find out about latest Researcher Development news on Twitter or by emailing our Programme Manager Dr Lucy Lee on

Careers advice and training

Career success requires you to Think Ahead; to understand the value of the skills you have and of those you need to develop. We can help you to think strategically about your next career move and the skills you will need. There are tools and training programmes you can use to make the most of your time in the Faculty.

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. This group aims to ensure that all researchers in the Faculty have access to advice and training to develop their career trajectory.

Partner groups

Think Ahead works in conjunction with many other partners within the staff development community. This includes other departments within the University of Sheffield, as well as national and international councils, organisations and networks. Most notable is our close collaboration with the Faculty Research Staff Association (MDHRSA) which defines and endorses the Think Ahead programme.

Centres of excellence

The University's cross-faculty research centres harness our interdisciplinary expertise to solve the world's most pressing challenges.