Career Pathways Framework

The Career Pathways Framework for Research Staff aims to assist research staff in planning their career development activities to support their future career aspirations. Further information on the framework can be found in this document:

The Career Pathways Scheme (CPS) was launched in the Faculty of Medical Sciences in January 2007 and in SAgE in 2013.

The CPS has been developed as a means of allowing the researcher to take greater control of and responsibility for their career. The scheme aims to assist in evaluating and identifying career aspirations at an early stage and to highlight areas to concentrate on in order to increase the likelihood of success on the chosen pathway. The four career pathways are:

  • Academic (either Teaching & Research, or Teaching & Scholarship)
  • Fellow
  • Associate
  • Alternative Career

In FMS, the Academic and Fellowship pathways are effectively combined.

The key elements of the scheme are:

1) PDR and the Career Pathways Scheme

A vital component of the Career Pathways Scheme is the annual Performance and Development Review (PDR), which includes a discussion of your future career aspirations. This should occur at least annually and the specially created PDR Form for Research Staff can be used.

2) Faculty Induction for Research Staff

New research staff should attend a Faculty Induction session.  These are organised throughout the year and you will receive an email inviting you to attend the next date.  Hosted by the Faculty Dean of Research and Innovation, they contain important information about how you can be supported in your personal development in your time at Newcastle.  

A summary of the types of support we provide can be found here:

Summary of Research Staff Support (PDF, 250 KB)

3) Workshops

Researchers attending CPS Workshop 1 are strongly advised to leave a period of several months before attending CPS Workshop 2, in order to be able to put the learning and development into practice.

Career Pathways Workshop 1 - Skills and Opportunities

The aim of this workshop is to encourage new researchers to consider all the possibilities that are open to them now that they have a PhD. It is aimed mainly at researchers with up to nine months of post-doctoral experience, or equivalent. The goal by the end of the workshop is for researchers to be more aware of the opportunities that are available to them, both in terms of skills development (technical and generic) and potential careers. To register your interest please email OD Team and provide the following information: workshop name, your full name, your personnel number, the Cost Centre/WBS Element number (Organisational Development workshops are free of charge to staff members; however, a £50 administration charge will be made for last minute cancellations) and your line manager's name.

September 2017

Career Pathways Workshop 2 – Career development planning

The workshop is suitable for researchers who are seeking to understand, in practical terms, what they need to do to position themselves to achieve their career objectives. It is aimed mainly at researchers with between nine months and two years of post-doctoral experience, or equivalent, who already have an idea of the career pathway they wish to follow. The goal of the workshop will be for participants to take a realistic view of their current position, likely trajectory and the steps they will need to take in order to achieve career success. To register your interest please email OD Team and provide the following information: workshop name, your full name, your personnel number, the Cost Centre/WBS Element number (Organisational Development workshops are free of charge to staff members; however, a £50 administration charge will be made for last minute cancellations) and your line manager's name.

September 2017

4) Career Pathways Review

After attending the second CPS workshop, research staff can request a Career Pathways Review (CPR). Following the PDR this is an extended opportunity to discuss the researchers' skills and career aspirations, and obtain advice from an experienced academic, who, with the PI, will help the researcher make an informed decision about likely success along one of the career pathways described.

For further information on the Career Pathways Scheme please contact the OD Team on ext. 82277.