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Network for Early Career Essex Researchers


Newcomers logo Newcomers bannerOur Network for Early Career Essex Researchers (Newcomers) provides support to researchers in the early stages of their careers, such as newly-appointed lecturers, post-docs, research fellows and final year PhD students.

Newcomers creates a forum that brings together researchers interested in the different aspects of the research lifecycle, and aims to stimulate collaboration and opportunities for shared learning and interdisciplinary work. The network also provides training and resources from the UK Data Archive, the Research and Enterprise Office and Library Services that support researchers across the research lifecycle.

The Network aims to organise a wide range of workshops that foster professional development using informal, stimulating, and highly participative sessions that generate new ideas and practical approaches to data management, publishing research results as well as gaining funding for your research.

Sign up to the Newcomers Mailing List to stay up to date with upcoming events and workshops. Once you are a member you are able to email the list to discuss research and opportunities for collaboration – a great way to get in touch with other Early Career Researchers!

Find out more
If you are an early career researcher, we want to hear about the challenges you face and what you need in terms of future workshops. Please also contact us if you have any question in relation to Newcomers.

For a quick introduction to Newcomers, have a watch of our video below!

Meet the team

Katrine Sundsbø

Photo of Katrine SundsboI am the Scholarly Communications and Research Support Manager within Library Services at the University of Essex. My role includes engaging staff and students in topics like open research, online research profiles, metrics, publishing, and copyright, with the aim to increase the visibility of our research and researchers at Essex. The support I offer is extremely relevant for early career researchers, and so I have been a part of Newcomers since its foundation in 2017, helping to organise each Research Week since the first in January 2018. Newcomers is an important aspect of my role, as I am passionate about increasing support for early career researchers (and new starters!) and making academia feel less lonely.

Sarah Calver

Photo of Sarah CalverI am the Funding Information Officer with the Research and Enterprise Office (REO) at Essex, and my position plays a central role in ensuring the effective delivery of research development and related REO services.  One aspect of this is to support the REO’s training activities and development programmes for academic and other colleagues, which is where Newcomers comes in. I have been helping with the REO’s contribution to our Newcomers network collaboration since I started in post two years ago. It is a highly rewarding part of my job as we strive to provide resources, inspiration and support to our researchers to nurture their professional development.

Hannah Pyman

Photo of Hannah PymanI am the Scholarly Communications Co-ordinator within Library Services at the University of Essex. Like Kat, my role includes supporting staff and students in topics such as open research, online research profiles, metrics, publishing, and copyright. I have been in this role since September 2019, and so this year’s Research Week was the first in which I was involved. Along with helping to organise Research Week, I also analysed the feedback we received, and delivered sessions on open access, copyright, and reference management software. Newcomers is an aspect of my role that I really enjoy, as engaging early career researchers in topics that will be helpful for them throughout their careers is very rewarding. 

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