Early Career Researcher Conference

5th Jul 2017, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Tech Hub

Make planning your professional development a priority.

The Conference will explore:

  • Transition from practice to research
  • Practice as research
  • External funding options for ECRs
  • Research Excellence Framework
  • Career journeys and planning

Speakers include:

  • Professor Helen Newall – Professor of Theatre Praxis
  • Dr Carol Kelly – Head of Applied Health & Social Care
  • Professor Stuart Fairclough – Professor of Physical Activity Education
  • Jenny Lawson – Research Projects Manager
  • Dr Nikki Craske – Director of Research Office
  • Professor Bernie Carter – Professor of Children’s Nursing
  • Professor Rod Nicolson – Professor of Psychology
  • Professor Richard Parrish – Professor of Sports Law


  • 09.00 – Registration & Refreshments
  • 09.30 – Introduction
  • 09.50 – Practice to Research
  • 11.20 – Break & Refreshments
  • 11.30 – Seeking funding
  • 12.30 – Lunch
  • 13.30 – Understanding Research Excellence Framework, Speaker: Dr Nikki Craske, Director of Research Office
  • 14.30 – Break & Refreshments
  • 14.45 – Learning from others: established researchers will talk about their own career journey. Followed by Q&A – Planning your career – workshop/surgery
  • 16.30 – Closing comments and Poster Competition – Winners Announced
  • 17.00 – Close

Early Career Researcher (ECR) Poster Competition

The ECR poster competition gives the next generation of academic researchers an opportunity to conceptualise and showcase their work in creative and novel ways. The competition is open to all early stage and early career researchers at Edge Hill University.

Tell everyone about your research in one poster and you could win professional development of your choice to the total value of £2,000 – this could include attending a conference, taking external research methods training, travel costs associated with a research project or other research-related expenses.

The posters will be displayed around the campus and feedback from staff and students will be encouraged.

Researchers will need to be available to attend the Early Career Researcher Conference so the judging panel can ask them about their poster.

There are three categories for the poster competition, the winner of each receiving the prize:

  1. Best poster by early career researcher
  2. Best poster by early stage/novice researcher (staff category)*
  3. Best poster by early stage/novice researcher (Edge Hill postgraduate research student category, including GTAs)

* Members of staff who are completing PhDs are eligible to apply in this category.


  • 21st  June – Notify us of your intention to submit by e-mailing research@edgehill.ac.uk
  • 28th  June – Submission deadline.
  • 5th July – Winners announced at the ECR conference

Posters should be:

  • A single page
  • In PDF format
  • Size A0 (NB: ensure your page size is A0 before exporting to PDF)
  • For a generalist audience
  • Submitted by e-mail to research@edgehill.ac.uk

Winners announced at the ECR conference Definitions

Early Career Researcher refers to an individual who is within four years of the award of their PhD.

Early-Stage/Novice Researcher refers to researchers in the first four years of their academic career and doctoral candidates in their final year (full-time) or last eighteen months (part-time).

Members of staff who are completing PhDs are eligible to apply in this category.

Guidance on how to produce a poster

The following resources provide general advice on producing an academic poster. This is a non-exhaustive list of resources, and presenters may use alternative approaches if they wish.

  1. University of Leicester – ‘Designing an Academic Poster’ (online tutorial): http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/ld/resources/presentation/designing-poster/designing-poster.
  2. G Hess, K Tosney & L Liegel – ‘Creating Effective Poster Presentations: An Effective Poster’ (a helpful resource with examples of good and bad posters): http://www.ncsu.edu/project/posters/.