Prosper Pilot Cohorts

The Prosper model is tried and tested. Here you can learn more about our two career development pilots.

The first pilot cohort ran from March 2021 to February 2022 with 53 postdocs from across the University of Liverpool. The second pilot cohort, from February 2022 to January 2023, included 75 postdocs from across the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster University. 

"I'm proud of just how far Prosper has come since its inception. All the co-creation, testing and refining has culminated in a genuinely unique offering in the postdoc career development space – a rich and comprehensive set of resources designed for postdocs as postdocs, crafted in close collaboration with our partner institutions, the wider sector, employers, and of course postdocs themselves.   

“I’ve seen first-hand the transformative impact Prosper has had on the postdocs involved in our pilots.  With the successful completion of our second pilot, it won’t be long now until Prosper launches nationwide, and its offering becomes freely available to postdocs and institutions up and down the country. I’m confident Prosper can act as a gold standard for the sector from the get-go, and help drive best practice in this area of research culture.”

Anthony HollanderPro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Impact at The University of Liverpool.

An Evaluation of the First Prosper Career Development Pilot showcases the findings of the pilot - evidencing the impact it had on the confidence, perceptions, aspirations and behaviours of the cohort as a whole. You can watch a review of our first and second pilot cohorts, or you can delve into the stories of some of the participants - illustrating their Prosper journeys and the benefits they gained as individuals - below.