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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Early Career Researchers at the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

As the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing (WRIHW) moves into its 16th year of existence, it does so with a renewed focus on the importance of nurturing its early career research (ECR) community. Our ECR community mirrors the interdisciplinary commitment of the WRIHW, with PhD students in anthropology illuminating a brighter side to ayahuasca tourism in South America, peers in bioscience ironing out some truths about dementia, and a wide variety in-between. Improving health and wellbeing is not restricted to a particular academic discipline, and neither are we.

The main goals of the ECR committee are as follows:

  1. To increase the sense of community between ECRs within the WRIHW
  2. To increase the visibility of ECRs within the WRIHW, and to wider audiences
  3. To offer ECRs within the WRIHW opportunities to develop their research, CV’s, and understanding of what a career in research can look like

In order to achieve these goals, we need to hear from you. To get more involved you can:

  • Connect with us on Facebook
  • Follow our new Twitter (#f4f)
  • Send us an email
  • Join our committee
  • Contribute to this newsletter
  • Attend our events

ECR Newsletter

We have been busy organising ECR events for the coming year. Please encourage your PhD students and post-docs to sign up for our forthcoming ECR newsletters to come straight to their inboxes. Click here to sign up!

Impact in Research Event - Registration is now closed

Monday 26th February 2018, 12.00pm - 2.00pm, Collier Room, St Hild and St Bede College, Leazes Road, Durham

To celebrate the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing moving into its 16th year and in recognition of the importance of ECRs from all universities to the growth and sustainability of health and wellbeing research, we are hosting our second ECR event on the 26th February 2018. The Impact in Research Event considers impact in research, the implications this has for contributions to theory, society and the economy and the importance of generating this in our research.

We seek to help ECRs makes sense of what ‘impact’ means in terms of their own research and how they might demonstrate impact as an outcome of their research projects. The event draws on the personal experiences of an esteemed researcher from Durham University who will share her experience of evidencing impact in her own research as an ECR which she has developed throughout her academic career.

The event welcomes Dr Victoria Money who completed her PhD studies in chemical crystallography under the supervision of Prof. Judith Howard at Durham University in 2004. In her current role as Senior Impact and Engagement Manager in the Research and Innovation Services (RIS), Dr Money provides support for research impact, working with academics across Durham University to support the opportunities for their research to have impact and preparing academics for REF2021.

Contact wolfson.ecr@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

Save the Dates!

Monday 23rd April 2018 - Pre-ECR Conference Presentation Techniques Workshop

Collier Room, St Hild and St Bede College

The public dissemination of research is extremely important in academia and as ECRs it is important to understand how best to present our research to non-specialist audiences without trivialising or dumbing down what we do. This presentation techniques workshop, taking place prior to our annual ECR conference, will provide practical experience and information for presenting your research in both poster and presentation format. We will circulate details shortly regarding how to sign up for this event so keep an eye on your inbox!

Third Annual ECR Conference – 11th June 2018 – Calman Learning Centre

We are delighted to announce our third annual ECR conference will be taking place in June in the Calman Learning Centre. With an introduction from The Vice Chancellor and Warden Professor Stuart Corbridge, this conference is perfect for any ECR looking to present their research in a supportive environment. We will be taking submissions for both poster and presentation formats so look out for details shortly on how to submit an abstract for this event.

ECR Committee Members

Alex Hodge - SASS
Stephen Dunne - Psychology
Kristina Brown - Durham Business School