Training opportunities at the University of Surrey

The University of Surrey provides advanced training for early career researchers (ECRs). This is an excellent service – and it is for people just like me! And the team is lovely!

The Researcher Development Programme offers various training opportunities that I find extremely useful for my future career. These interactive seminars and trainings have already helped me a lot to better understand the career path that an ECR can face in the UK. They also offer help in writing a good VC, or how to prepare for a job interview, or how to manage your time and projects.

Some¬†of the training sessions do not tell me anything new, but they put in context what I already know about finding my way as a researcher – and sometimes had to learn these things in the past in the hard way. It is such a shame that there is no similar service at my home institution…

I have just registered for an on-line programme called 23 Things for Research. I am pretty excited about it – it is a self-directed course, aiming to teach us something new about our on-line presence and how to use the internet and social media in an effective and clever way. Well, I am looking forward to it!

Here is the link to their blog:

The first task was to set up a personal blog. Well, I am actually very happy about this since I have made my mind that I should start writing one months ago… In fact, I have already mentioned it in my CHONDRION project proposal as an outreach activity – I just haven’t had the courage and willingness to start writing it. But thanks to 23 Things, here I am!


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