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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.

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 ‌

Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS) 2021

Input from our Research staff colleagues is very important and highly valued, and we appreciate the continued contribution our staff make by telling us about their views and experiences.

The Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS) was developed in 2019 by sector working groups, it replaces the long-running Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and Principal Investigators & Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS).This new survey gathers the views and experiences of

researchers across the UK, in the context of the revised Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, which aims to create the best culture for researchers to thrive.

As well as important topics, such as, researchers' experiences of their local research environment and working conditions, the associated responsibilities of managers of researchers are also explored.

Swansea ran the survey for the first time in June 2021, as part of our actions in implementing the Principles of the revised Researcher Development Concordat. 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. For more information about the CEDARS survey, please see the Vitae website.

Research, Engagement and Innovation Services (REIS)

Research, Engagement and Innovation Services (REIS) 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:

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences Research Hub

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science - Swansea University

Faculty of Science and Engineering Research Hub

Faculty of Science and Engineering - Swansea University

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Hub

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Swansea University


Academic Services provide a wide range of resources to support researchers, including specialist training courses for staff onlyand in partnership with the postgraduate researcher development programme. Your Research Librarian can offer advice on resources within your research area.


Research gate 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

United Kingdom Research and Innovation Research Councils: UKRI – UK Research and Innovation

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.

As of November 2021, we are still eligible for European Union Funding:

EU funding programmes - Your Europe (

Funding | ERC: European Research Council (

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021 | Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (

Horizon Europe | European Commission (