SPARC (Supporting Progression in Academic Research Careers)

SPARC (Supporting Progression in Academic Research Careers) offers the opportunity for Early Career Researchers and Academic staff with a professional background and new to research (Early Research Careers) to successfully develop and implement a research career plan alongside their existing roles.

The first cohort of 15 SPARC members started working together in May 2016 and will complete in May 2017. The programme allowed them “protected” monthly afternoons to learn about and discuss RKE related issues (publication, income generation, research management, etc.). It allowed SPARC members to exchange experiences and strategies, meet with experienced researchers and spend time writing and making progress on their individually negotiated work plans. SPARC members were allocated a Research Mentor and were overseen by a Sponsor.

If you are interested in joining SPARC this academic year 2016-17 and would like more information, please go to our website

After reading the guidance document, you should then discuss your suitability with your Head of School. If you receive School support to apply, then please submit an Expression of Interest to RED (Research and Enterprise Development Centre) in the form of a CV and a covering letter.  The documentation needs to be submitted to by the 20th of February 2017.

This programme allies to the Faculties of Education, Health & Wellbeing and Social & Applied Sciences; the Faculty of Arts & Humanities is pursuing a separate developmental strategy for all researchers across the Faculty


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