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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 ‌

Careers in Research Online Survey - CROS

The Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) is run biennially and gathers anonymous data about working conditions, career aspirations and career development opportunities for research staff and research leaders in higher education institutions.

The survey provide valuable data and benchmarking for measuring progress in implementation of the Concordat, achieving and maintaining the HR Excellence in Research Award and Athena Swan.

Swansea University participated in the 2019 Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS). 27% of research staff completed the survey. 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.

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

Research, Engagement and Innovation Services

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:

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


Information Services and Systems

Information Services and Systems (ISS) 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 subject 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

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.