Early Career Development Academy

three individuals in shot and two out of focus all discussing their research over hot drinks. There are plants, pens and laptops also in focus.The Early Career Development Academy (ECDA) provides an institutional home and forum for all early career staff (Early Career Fellows – ECF) and those employed as Teaching Fellows or Research Fellows. It will bring together and build on the excellent work undertaken by local early career development groups and other specialist development and support teams, to create a cohesive sense of community.

Aims of the ECDA


  • Champion our community of fellows, identify common issues and propose improvements to university-wide issues.
  • Support discipline specific groups to maximise their training opportunities, and to develop and disseminate best practice. 
  • Facilitate networking opportunities across and outside of the University, and to provide a cohesive sense of community.  
  • Act as a crucible of ideas and provide a safe space to challenge pre-conceived ideas.  
  • Support fellow-related projects, e.g., the Researcher Development Concordat, HR Excellence in Research Award (HREiR). 
  • Evaluate & report annually to UEB on activity and aspirations.  
  • Facilitate regular ECF culture and environment review.  
  • Celebrate the success of our fellows both within and outside of the institution. 

Concordat and Action Plan

The University of Birmingham is committed to The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, commonly known as  the Researcher Concordat.  

The Concordat sets out three clear principles of environment and culture, employment, and professional and career development. The principles are underpinned by obligations for the four key stakeholder groups, funders, institutions, researchers, and managers of researchers, to realise the aims of the concordat. 

As a signatory to the Concordat, the University has developed an Action Plan to meet its obligations. 

Be part of the community

If you are interested in accessing the academy's emerging support networks, please contact your local ECDA representative. These are as follows:



ECARs (CoSS and CAL)

Or alternatively, please contact Vince O'Grady or Lily Liu who will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. 

ECDA Governance and Management

The ECDA will manage and report on the University’s commitment to The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. We seek to apply the Concordat’s principles to all members of the ECF community.

The ECDA will be led by its Management Group, comprising of a senior and early career academic representative from each College, representatives from People and Organisational Development and chaired by the Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Strategic Projects, Professor Jonathan Rowe.

We welcome your feedback and encourage you to contact your local representative or the ECDA management group if you have any ideas or suggestions to improve the ECF environment.




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