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Research Support

Early Career Researchers

Our aim is to support development of all researchers at the University of Essex. However, given the current climate of Higher Education we recognise that Early Career Researchers might require more support than established researchers.


Am I an Early Career Researcher?
Early Career Researchers are usually defined as final year PhD students, Post-docs and researchers in the early stages of their career (but can be anyone who identifies themselves as an early career researcher).

Support offered

Training sessions and workshops
Since November 2017 we have increased the number of training sessions offered to Early Career Researchers at the University of Essex. Current training sessions and events can be found at the Newcomers website under Upcoming Events.

Information about the Newcomers Research Week can be found here.

During term we have drop-in workshops running in the Library on things like reference management software and finding the best journal to publish in.

One-to-one Advice
Research can differ a lot across disciplines, so we offer one-to-one sessions to make sure you get the best advice. To book a session please email the Scholarly Communications and Research Support Manager Katrine Sundsbo at and give a brief summary of what you need help with.


Every January we are hosting the Newcomers Research Week where we offer a range of training sessions aimed at Early Career Researchers as well as the opportunity to network with research support staff across the university, senior researchers and other Early Career Researchers. We are also organising a range of events and training via Newcomers throughout the year.


Newcomers (Network for Early Career Essex Researchers) was launched in January 2018 and is organised by staff from the Research and Enterprise Office, the UK Data Archive and the Library Services.


The network is open to anyone who is in their early stages of their academic career, or just new to Essex. To join the network, sign up to our mailing list and receive information about upcoming events, training or to get in touch with other Newcomers! Once you're signed up you can email the list with any questions you might have. 

Learn more about Newcomers and upcoming events here