Welcome to NERD!

What is NERD?

This collaborative network brings together early career researchers within MVLS (College of Medical, Veterinary an& Life Sciences). 

Who is NERD for?

NERD welcomes anyone in MVLS who identify themselves as Early Career Researchers (ECRs). Our members range from PhD students to early PIs, and include technical staff and lecturers, in a clinical and non-clinical setting. 

What is the aim of NERD?‌

1. Provide career support, information & advice for ECRs in MVLS

2. Foster collegiality, collaboration & sharing of resources 

3. To better understand the challenges facing ECRs, advocating for their needs to senior management

How do NERD do this?

We hold regular events on topics suggested to us by NERD members. Previous events include:‌ fellowship writing workshops; mock grant panels; information sessions on academic and post-academic career paths; writing for impact; intra-network grant/fellowship reviewing; sessions on REF; sessions on developing interactions with clinicians and industry; and social events to facilitate networking. If you have other suggestions for events, please contact us!

Furthermore, NERD’s Post-Academic Career Mentorship & Advice Network (PACMAN) offers mentorship for people interested in stepping away from academia. Fill in this form and we will match you to a mentor who has already made the switch to your next dream job. 

In addition, our website provides: Useful information about career development courses and mentorship schemes; links to information about career planning, grant and fellowship writing resources, and Athena Swan initiatives. Resources from past NERD events, including powerpoint material.

Upcoming NERD Events

Check out our events page for more details of upcoming events!