One of the most pressing issues for research staff is that of career planning and career progression.

Vitae provide a range of career case studies for researchers, as well as advice on CVs and post doctoral directions.

RCUK have recently published research career case studies by discipline

In addition to providing services to students, the Swansea University careers and employability service also support research staff. Careers advisors offer group training to research staff through the DTS programme but also offer one to one support. Visit their website or resources page for more information and to find out how to access their services.

Science Careers includes articles on developing your career - including funding and publication advice.

Euraxess UK provides information about research in Europe, European research policies, career opportunities in Europe, international collaboration and transnational mobility

The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) publish a practical career development resource for University Researchers -  AGCAS researcher career guide

Careers in Research Online Survey - CROS 2015


Swansea University participated in this year's Careers in Research Online Survey. 37% of research staff completed the survey, which is well above the national average of 28%. Thank you for your engagement with the survey.  Full UK results have now been published and the results from the Swansea survey will be used to plan activity over the next 2 years.

As a result of the 2013 Swansea survey we:

  • Introduced PGCtHE for researchers who teach
  • Increased provision of training for those who supervise research students
  • Increased provision of Careers seminars
  • Launched a new research staff website
  • Improved induction for research staff

    For more information about the CROS survey, please see the Vitae website

Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services


Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services (REIS, formerly the Department of Research and Innovation) provide specialist information, support and training for researchers on all aspects of developing funding bids, managing grant money, impact, intellectual property and copyright. REIS run a very popular series of seminars for researchers at all levels and should be the first port of call for those seeking to develop and fund their research. Training and support is offered both centrally and via a network of research hubs as follows:

Life Sciences Hub - College of Medicine & College of Human & Health Science

Science Hub - College of Science

Bay Hub - College of Engineering & School of Management

Arts, Humanities and Law Hub - College of Arts and Humanities & Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law

Find out about the support offered by REIS here

Find out key contacts here

Information Services and Systems


Information Services and Systems (ISS) provide a wide range of resources to support researchers, including specialist training courses for staff only and in partnership with the postgraduate researcher development programme. Your subject librarian can offer advice on resources within your research area. 

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ResearchGate is a network dedicated to science and research. Connect, collaborate and discover scientific publications, jobs and conferences. All for free. Click here to visit the ResearchGate website.

Research Councils

Arts and Humanities Research Council

The AHRB provides funding and support in three programmes: advanced research; postgraduate research and training; and special funding for museums, galleries and collections.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
The BBSRC is the leading funding agency for academic research and training in the biosciences at universities and institutes throughout the UK.

Economic and Social Research Council
The ESRC is the UK’s leading research funding and training agency addressing economic and social concerns. They aim to provide high quality research on issues of importance to business, the public sector and government. The issues considered include economic competitiveness, the effectiveness of public services and policy, and our quality of life.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
The EPSRC is the largest of the seven UK Research Councils. It funds research and postgraduate training in universities and other organisations throughout the UK.

Medical Research Council
The MRC is a national organisation funded by the UK taxpayer. They promote research into all areas of medical and related science with the aims of improving the health and quality of life of the UK public and contributing to the wealth of the nation.

The website of the Natural Environment Research Council.

Science and Technology Facilities Council
From 1 April 2007 the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC) and the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC) merged to form the Science & Technology Facilities Council.