Early Careers Researchers Network


Mission statement

The ARC Early Career Researcher (ECR) Network is a pan-London network of early career applied health researchers and health and care professionals across the ARC and partner Trusts/organisations. The network was established to provide a supportive and inclusive space for peer support for researchers, students, health and care professionals and those working in applied health research, and provide an opportunity for members to develop wider academic skills and networks.

The network is co-ordinated by a committee that organises 5-6 events/year covering a range of topics, including but not limited to, research skills development, research promotion, career planning, networking and collaborative working. Members of the committee are principally ARC employees, research students, affiliates, alumni or employees of partner organisations. The network draws together individuals and groups from across its partners to provide diversity in scientific domains and clinical specialities often not found in other networks.

Please email arc.academy@ucl.ac.uk if you would like to join the network or would like to join our mailing list for notifications of upcoming ECR Network and Academy events.


Ethos statement

Our community supports the well-being, progression, and resilience of early career researchers in health and social care. To achieve this, we are committed to creating a network which is diverse, inclusive, accessible and is based on mutual respect. We want our members to feel supported to discuss new ideas, challenge, make mistakes, and learn from each other.


Annual programme of events

The network hosts 5-6 scientific events each year, with two social gatherings linked to Christmas and Summer events. Common formats include invited speakers, panel discussions, lectures and workshops. Events are open to all ARC North Thames employees and members of partner organisations.


Upcoming events

Early Career Researchers Summer Researcher Showcase 2022

We are excited to announce the end-of-term ARC North Thames Early Career Researcher (ECR) Summer Researcher Showcase!

The event on 8th July will showcase up to 10 projects being conducted by Early Career Researchers from across the ARC North Thames network.

The theme for this year’s showcase ‘Patient and community involvement and engagement’.

If you are interested in presenting or attending please visit the Eventbrite page for more information.


Past events

Research impact: planning and management (21 Jan 2022)

Should we abolish statistical significance? (10 Nov 2021)

Conducting focus groups using digital platforms (12 May 2021)

The open science journey: An introduction for early career researchers (10 Mar 2021)

Looking at the field through a 'Zoom' lens: doing interviews and ethnography online (5 Mar 2021)


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