The importance of early career researchersResearchers in the early stages of their careers play a critical role in driving dementia research forward. They deliver the projects that you’re helping to fund, and they are also central to creating a rich and diverse research culture with wide connections and networks. The investment we make in the early- and mid- career researchers of today will pay dividends in the years and decades to come. Training and development are essential to grow a highly-skilled and motivated dementia workforce that pushes us closer to our ultimate goal for people with dementia and their families. It is important that we provide the tools and opportunities for dementia researchers to succeed in an environment where there is strong competition for funding and resources from other fields. We are working to overcome barriers to long and productive careers in dementia research and help to maintain momentum in professional pathways that are typically challenging and vulnerable to loss of talent. Building on our existing initiatives and strong links with the research community, Alzheimer’s Research UK is making a strategic effort to nurture and shape the research leaders of tomorrow.
The early career researcher working groupIn 2021 we convened a working group of researchers at various stages of their careers to identify the barriers that made it harder for them to succeed, and put in place steps to help overcome them. Thank you to our ECR working group Michael Coleman, Cambridge (Chair); Gargi Banerjee, UCL; Jessica Daly, Sussex; Daniel Erskine, Newcastle; Jill Fowler, Edinburgh; Tammaryn Lashley, UCL; Georgina Menzies, Cardiff; Adele Pryce-Roberts, Cardiff; Tim Rittman, Cambridge; Li Su, Sheffield; Ashwin Venkataraman, Imperial; Jack Wells, UCL
Based on their suggestions and feedback from researchers across our Research Network, we have developed a new ECR programme, aligned under four key goals.
- Increase and sustain the early career workforce and enhance capacity in key areas of need
- Develop a diverse and skilled workforce in dementia research
- Increase collaboration within and across disciplines
- Strengthen engagement with wider ARUK programmes
If you are an early career dementia researcher who has a question about these resources or would like to speak to a member of the team about the support that we offer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org