Fellows are essentially given the same opportunities for career development as full members of academic staff.
- They are assigned senior mentors.
- They are actively encouraged to compete for additional internal and external research funds and are supported in this.
- They are given the opportunity to supervise postgraduate and undergraduate students in undertaking research projects.
- They are encouraged to attend relevant short courses to increase the quality, reach and impact of their research.
Furthermore, designated travel funds are available to the fellow to enable them to interface with the wider community.
The School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science takes the career development of its fellows very seriously and has an excellent record of providing permanent academic jobs to its research fellows. The fellow is subject to the same annual Professional Development Review (PDR) process as regular academics. This includes an annual one-to-one meeting with an experienced academic providing the opportunity to discuss career progression directly. Research fellows are not required to teach and engage in other duties of full academic staff unless they wish to for career development purposes.