ERPE hosts EPSRC Engineering ECR Roadshow

ERPE hosts EPSRC Engineering ECR Roadshow

Research Futures has hosted the first UK national EPSRC Engineering Roadshow for Early Career Researchers at the Postgraduate Centre at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh Campus.

Engineering ECR Roadshow
Over 50 lecturers from engineering disciplines were nominated by their Schools to take part in the Engineering ECR Roadshow which brought together researchers from Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. The event was led by Engineering Theme leaders from the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council - Dr Anna Angus-Smyth, Dr Lucy Martin and Dr Alex Bromsgrove - and jointly organised with Research Futures’ colleagues from the Centre for Academic Leadership & Development, Heriot-Watt University, Dr Ruth Neiland and Dr Vicky Ingram.

The focus of the EPSRC Roadshow was on applying for and winning Research Fellowships. Opened by Prof Alan Miller, Deputy Principal for Research & KT, Heriot-Watt University, the Roadshow featured presentations from both current and past fellowship holders. Royal Academy of Engineering Fellows, Dr Helen Bridle and Dr Mathieu Lucquiaud, shared their experiences of the application process; and Regius Professor of Engineering, Prof Jason Reese (University of Edinburgh) and Head of the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Prof Steve McLaughlin (Heriot-Watt University), encouraged junior colleagues by reflecting on their own career development and insights from Fellowship review panels.

The event benefitted from expert advice provided by representatives from Heriot-Watt’s Research & Enterprise Services (Linsey Dickson and Sam Gannon) and Edinburgh’s Research & Innovation department (Janet Ball and Katherine Trotter). Interactive sessions on fellowships and leadership led by EPSRC staff promoted further discussion on topics related to successful fellowships including using funding for industry collaborations, how to evidence impact, growing the research group, engaging in public engagement and the value of developing personal and professional skills.

Following the Roadshow, Dr Ruth Neiland, Head of the Centre for Academic Leadership & Development said, “Winning a research fellowship offers an excellent opportunity for early stage researchers to raise the profile of their research and expand their leadership potential in the field. We hope the EPSRC Engineering Roadshow has encouraged more lecturers from Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Universities to apply for a Fellowship - to both help enhance their own career development and apply their research to solving intractable engineering challenges in the future.”