Financial, Administrative and Communication Advice for Early Career Researchers


This course is designed to introduce postdocs and fellows to the scientific, financial, administrative and managerial aspects of planning and completing a research project within the academic environment. We showcase tools and techniques to help you prepare and carry through projects whether working on independent research programmes funded by research councils/charities, or working in collaborative projects funded by industry/biotechs.
Common pitfalls and problems are discussed, along with ideas for staying ahead of the game. The importance of developing and maintaining good relationships within teams and with funding bodies is highlighted. Participants also get the opportunity to meet and learn from people who have taken on new roles in managing research projects.

Key areas

  • Planning tools and tips (budgeting, resource management, team building)
  • Financial systems and the influence and demands of funders
  • Communication and collaboration, both within teams, and with external stakeholders
  • Keeping track of research progress (milestones and deliverables)
  • Risk registers and contingency plans