Faculty of Medical Sciences

Professional Development

Early Career Researchers in the Faculty have access to a range of opportunities to develop their careers.

Career Pathways Scheme

The Career Pathways Scheme aims to assist research staff in planning their career development activities to support their future career aspirations. The key elements of the scheme are: 

  • Annual Performance and Development Review (PDR) with Principle Investigator (PI)
  • Faculty Induction for Research Staff
  • Career Pathways Workshop 1 - Skills and Opportunities
  • Career Pathways Workshop 2 – Career development planning
  • Career Pathways Review with an experienced academic, who, with the PI, will help the researcher make an informed decision about their career pathway.

For further information on the Career Pathways Scheme contact Lisa.Rippingale@ncl.ac.uk



Organisational Development offers a range of workshops and training tailored to individual researchers and a careers advisor with specific responsibility for providing advice and support for researchers.


Newcastle offers all staff the opportunity to join its University-wide mentoring scheme NU Mentoring.  Our Graduate School runs the Early Careers Mentoring Network for Postgraduate and Post-Doctoral Researchers.  In addition all our fellows are offered mentorship with an established member of academic staff. 


We have a very active and supportive research community with regular events for postgraduate researchers advertised via our Graduate School. Our Institutes host monthly research seminars for staff and visiting academics.  


We provide a range of specialist scientific facilities.

ECR retention

The Faculty's Bridging Scheme for postdoctoral researchers supports the retention of specialist skills and expertise and contributes to our commitment to meet the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers in providing an opportunity to ECRs for continued employment.

External funding

The Faculty's Career Development Group can help you find an external fellowship that is best suited to your research area and background and then support you through the application process.

There are several funding bodies offering such fellowships: 


For further information please contact fms-ecr@newcastle.ac.uk.