SPARC Programme Launch

SPARC is a new development programme at CCCU aimed at Supporting Progression in Academic Research Careers.

The SPARC programme is being piloted in 2015-16 with a cohort of up to 20 researchers. It offers Early Career Researchers (or academic staff with a professional background but new to research) the opportunity to successfully develop and implement a research career plan alongside their other role requirements. 

Each SPARC participant will work on the delivery of individually negotiated research outcomes for a period of up to 24 months. Support is available through coordination of a number of existing resources and the potential for additional opportunities.

If you are interested in joining SPARC either this academic year 2015-16 or next, you can find further information in the SPARC guidance document. After reading the guidance document, you should then discuss your suitability with your Head of School. If you receive support you can then submit an Expression of Interest to RED in the form of a CV and a cover letter. This documentation needs to be submitted to by the 15th of April.  See the SPARC webpage for full details.

(NB Discussions on a suitable format for SPARC in Arts and Humanities are ongoing. Any ECRs within Arts and Humanities who think they would be interested in participating in such a programme should contact Sabina Hulbert ( directly and we will keep them informed on the development of the programme in Arts and Humanities.)

About CCCU Research Development

Research Development (RD) is part of the Department of Enterprise, Employability and Research Development. RD is responsible for ensuring that Research and Enterprise is of the highest quality and meets all required internal and external standards, including managing the institutional submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). RD leads on development and implementation of the institutional research and enterprise integrity policies, processes and best practice. It also hosts the institutional Staff Researcher Development Programme and the Early Career Researcher Programme SPARC, and is responsible for the annual Research Internship programme. RD provides strategic and targeted support for academic staff to seek and secure funding for their research and innovation activities. This includes identification of core funding opportunities and support for proposal development, alongside strategic advice and support for faculties to develop their research portfolio and capacity.

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