The PERCAT initiative has been established to facilitate the career development and training of Postdoctoral and Early Career Researchers across the Colleges of Life and Environmental Sciences and Engineering and Physical Sciences.

We aim to foster this by providing access and information to a range of training courses, career advice, funding opportunities, workshops, seminars and other development events.

PERCAT works in partnership and collaborates with other departments and external organisations to maximise the opportunities available; we hope that this site provides a useful resource and a stepping stone to your personal career development. 

PERCAT helps to ensure that the Colleges recognise and work towards meeting the principles set out in the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, 2008, and employ best practice in support of the Vitae Researcher Development Framework.

Vitae is a non-profit programme, part of The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Ltd which seeks to enhance the skills and careers of researchers and to strengthen institutional provision for the professional development of their researchers.  Find out more about Vitae here.

New to the University?  The University's Induction webpage sets out what you can expect from your induction at the University and provides a range of useful information to help you settle into your new role.

Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) 2019

CROS aims to explore the experience of being a researcher in UK higher education and specifically here at Birmingham. You should complete CROS if you are primarily employed to conduct research. This is the fourth time Birmingham has participated in this national survey.

Here at Birmingham, it will help local and university wide, researcher and early career support groups focus their efforts and resources to improve the environment and experience of our researchers. Your input and that of your colleagues is therefore very important and highly valued, and we appreciate the contribution you are making by telling us about your views and experiences.

Responses are anonymous and participants will not be identified or identifiable. All questions are optional except for those required to route participants to questions pertinent to their experience and circumstances.

It should only take about 20 minutes to complete the survey. The survey will be open between 8th April and 18th May.

Survey link:- https://bham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/uob-cros-2019

CROS is managed by Vitae, an international programme dedicated to supporting the professional and career development of researchers.

If you have any specific questions about CROS here at Birmingham please contact Vincent O’Grady, People & Organisational Development, v.c.ogrady@bham.ac.uk.


A message from Professor Jon Binner, Deputy Head of College for EPS

"The PERCAT programme is jointly funded by the Wellcome Trust and the two Colleges of Engineering & Physical Sciences and Life & Environment Sciences and is designed to provide useful support to you, our Early Career Researchers, particularly those of you on postdoctoral contracts. This is a vital time in your careers, when you have the freedom to spend much of your time on research and to develop new skills, but when you also need to learn more about the world of academia and, ultimately, to decide which career path you want to follow. It is a time that should be exciting and fun, but it is also a time when you will be very busy, when you may have uncertainty arising from short term contracts, and when you may feel torn between spending time on your research & development and developing your own personal skills. We want to help you to achieve this balance with a minimum of effort on your part. Thus the PERCAT programme provides the information and training that we believe that you need; it is designed to be efficiently delivered and easy to digest (though we always want to hear from you if you feel it can be improved). I would urge you to take maximum advantage of this opportunity and to make time in your busy lives to get to know your fellow Early Career Researchers and to attend as many meetings and events as you can. I really hope that you will enjoy your time at the University of Birmingham and, whilst I can’t solve every problem, I am always happy to hear from you if you feel that there is anything that the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences can do to improve things for you."

                   Professor Jon Binner
                   Deputy Head of College for EPS

A message from Professor David Hannah, Director of Research for LES

We are pleased to be able to support our early career and postdoctoral researchers through the PERCAT programme, which is jointly funded by the Wellcome Trust and by the College of Life & Environmental Sciences and the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences.

The early career stage - whether you are a post-doctoral research fellow on an investigator’s grant or whether you hold an individual fellowship - should be exciting and important. The University recognises that the early career researcher is vital to our world-leading activity. It is a stage where you have the opportunity to spend more of your time doing research, and to develop new skills. However, it can also be a period of relatively short term contracts and, thus, of uncertainly.

In this context, the PERCAT programme aims to provide information and training to support you during your post-doctoral and early career research here at Birmingham, and to help you develop your career and make successful choices about what comes next. We hope you will make the most of the opportunities and information in these pages to enhance your experiences, skills and personal development.

                   David M. Hannah
                   Director of Research College of Life & Environmental Sciences