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.

A message from Professor Hannah

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