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Department of Paediatrics Early Career Research Committee Terms of Reference



The overall aim of the Early Career Research Committee is to support the career development of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the Department of Paediatrics. For the purposes of the Committee, the definition of ECR is taken broadly, to include (but not be limited to) Research Assistants, Postdoctoral Researchers, new Principal Investigators (PIs) etc.


The ECR Committee is one of two sub-committees of the Equality and Diversity (Athena Swan) Committee (E&D). These sub-committees were set-up in February 2020 to ensure that the key objectives of the E&D Committee are met and to address particular areas of focus for the Department.


The Chair of both sub-committees is a member of and reports to the E&D Committee. The E&D Committee makes recommendations to the Management Committee.



The ECR Committee scope includes (but is not limited to):

· Identifying and actioning approaches to support career development of ECRs in the Department

· Reviewing activities which support career development

· Identifying and actioning ways to support new PIs in the Department



For 2020 the Committee will initially focus on the following objectives:

(i) To update the Department website to include information on the Committee and also information on the staff pages relating to career development.

(ii) To survey ECRs in the Department to establish their needs.

(iii) To identify whether ECRs would like a mentorship scheme, and in what format, and to establish a scheme for those interested in receiving mentorship.

(iv) To establish a seminar series focussing on career development related topics (e.g. Fellowship applications, grant writing, etc).



The Committee should have members from a range of groups in the Department, some members with a clinical background and some scientists, and members at different levels of their career. There should also be someone who is able to provide administrative support.


Current members

Caroline Hartley (Chair)

Irina Chelysheva

Suzan Hammond

Alexander Jones

Catheryn (Wooi) Lim

Thomas Roberts

Charlotte Walber

Adriana Tomic