Welcome to NERD!


What is NERD?

This collaborative network brings together early career researchers in the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences (ICAMS) and the Institute of Infection, Immunity & Inflammation (IIIs).


Who is NERD for?

NERD welcomes anyone in IIIs and ICAMS who identify themselves as Early Career Researchers (ECRs). Although our target audience is mainly postdoctoral researchers and research fellows (both clinical and non-clinical), technical staff, lecturers and PhD students are also able to attend events of specific interest.

What is the aim of NERD?‌

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

2. Foster collegiality, collaboration & sharing of resources within and between IIIs & ICAMS

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


How will NERD do this?

We will hold regular events on topics suggested to us by NERD members. Current suggestions include:‌ fellowship writing workshops; mock grant panels; information sessions on academic and non-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!

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


Upcoming NERD Events

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