Supporting Progression in Academic Research Careers

Reminder that the closing date for Expressions of Interest is approaching.

SPARC is a new Programme aimed at Supporting Progression in Academic Research Careers and offers the opportunity for Early Career Researchers (or Academic staff with a professional background new to research, Early Research Careers) to successfully develop and implement a research career plan alongside their other role requirements.

SPARC offers coordination of a number of existing resources and the potential for additional opportunities managed in a cohort group of up to twenty researchers who will work on the delivery of individually negotiated research outcomes for a period of up to 24 months.

If you are interested in joining SPARC either this academic year 2015-16 or next (2016-17) please visit the RED website for further information and guidance.

You should discuss your suitability with your Head of School, and if you receive support then submit an Expression of Interest in the form of a CV and a covering letter, emailing them to the Research & Enterprise Development Centre at: by the 15th of April 2016.

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.

Closing date 15th April 2016

Information and guidance is available on the RED website.

For further information contact Sabina Hulbert at

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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