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The University has an international reputation for excellence in research, and our research staff make a significant contribution to the strategic ambitions of the University. 

Within our diverse and international community, we help our researchers reach their potential and make a difference globally. We are firmly committed to supporting our research staff's well-being and professional development. We view researcher development as a partnership and encourage all research staff to take responsibility for their personal, professional and career development.

Supported by your manager, professional development colleagues and mentors, your development and career progression is in your hands, and we encourage you to gain the additional skills and experience that are offered to you, and that will allow you to reach your full potential and achieve your ambitions.

The Research staff section of the Doctoral and Researcher College website will provide you with all the critical information you need about the University and our support. Please take time to become familiar with them.

I wish you a productive, rewarding and enjoyable time here and every success in your future career.

Professor Adrian Williams, Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies and  Researcher Development

Early Career Researcher Conference

Supporting researchers

At Reading, the Doctoral and Research College recognises that research staff are keen to develop throughout their career. We welcome all who identify as research staff members and would benefit from joining our community and accessing our career development opportunities. We are especially keen to support researchers on fixed-term contracts, particularly Postdoctoral Researchers, Research Assistants or Fellows. 

We aim to support staff in their current and future career journeys, whatever they may be. Our support displays our longstanding commitment to the Concordat for Researcher Development.


Keep up to date

Ask to join your research theme email distribution list to keep updated with all relevant staff announcements, funding calls, etc. Please contact the Research Dean's Office to request to be added to the appropriate distribution list.   

Contact and ask to be added to the Researcher Development Microsoft Teams site to hear about all the latest developments and opportunities to support early career researchers.   

Throughout your contract, you will receive regular emails with other relevant information targeted to ECRs. 

Any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact: Sue Glover, Researcher Development Project Officer  or

HR Excellence in Research Award

We have been awarded the HR Excellence in Research (HREiR) award for the 12th year running!