Researcher Career Development

“We want Manchester Metropolitan University to be a great place to develop your research career” (RKE Strategy)

The University’s RKE Strategy has been designed to create an environment and culture that will be recognised across the sector as constituting a great place to develop your research career.

We are committed to upholding the principles of the Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers and are proud to hold the EU HR Excellence award as recognition of our efforts to improve the quality of our research environment.

Training and Development

At Manchester Metropolitan we have a variety of training opportunities, resources and expertise available to support researchers.

From research project planning and proposal development to project and team management to publication and dissemination, we are here to help you develop the skills you require.



Manchester Metropolitan are members of Vitae, a global leader in the professional development of researchers. Vitae works with institutions striving for excellence in development and career support for research staff and students.

The Vitae website has a wealth of resources and advice tailored specifically to you as a researcher. All our staff and students get full access to the Vitae website as part of our subscription as long as you are registered with your organisational email address.

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To contact a member of the RKE team about our efforts to develop researcher careers please get in touch with the Researcher Development and Training Manager, Megan Webb

Early Career Researchers

To reflect our diverse researcher community, Manchester Metropolitan is encouraging Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to self-define.

Career development for ECRs is a central component of the Manchester Metropolitan Research Centres’ strategies, with each Centre identifying an ECR representative.

For details of Research Centre ECR initiatives please contact the appropriate ECR lead contact below.

University Centre for Research and Knowledge Exchange  ECR Lead Contact
Advanced Computational Science Rene Doursat
Advanced Materials and Surface Engineering Marloes Peeters
Applied Social Science Hannah Neate
Bioscience TBC
Creative Writing, English Literature and Linguistics TBC
Decent Work and Productivity Ben Lupton
Ecology and Environment Gina Cavan/Richard Preziosi
Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI) Su Corcoran
Future Economies

Mark James

Health, Psychology and Communities Hugh McLaughlin
History Ros Oates
Musculoskeletal Science and Sports Medicine Hans Degens
School of Art TBC


EU HR Excellence Award

The EU HR Excellence award is a standard awarded to universities that can demonstrate efforts to comply with the principles of the Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers.

In the UK, the process for applying for the standard is overseen by Vitae. The process involves the submission of an action plan followed by regular monitoring and independent review at structured intervals.

Manchester Metropolitan first secured the award in 2013 and we have recently undertaken our 4-year review which consists of an independent panel-based analysis of our actions and achievements as well as our forward plans.

Original action plan

2-year review – 2015

4-year review – 2017



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