Students Staff
University of Essex

June 11, 2018

Newcomers 2nd Research Week (18-22 June)

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After January’s successful launch our second Newcomers Research Week is now right around the corner, with 32 different training sessions – where 13 are completely new sessions. The week will kick off with an opening session on Monday 18 June at 11am in the North Teaching Centre, consisting of a short talk, refreshments and plenty of opportunities to meet and network with other newcomers and our presenters!

What is Newcomers?

Newcomers (Network for Early Career Essex Researchers) is an initiative by staff from the UK Data Archive, Research and Enterprise Office and Library Services to unify research support and increase awareness of help available for researchers at Essex. By combining our expertise to host one event we can offer a full range of sessions around the research lifecycle, e.g. Writing a grant application, organising and storing data securely, finding a journal to publish in and using Twitter to increase research impact. To book on to sessions, simply go to our website and click on the Research Week Programme tab to find a short description of courses and links to booking for staff (via HR Organiser) and students (via Proficio).

Can I attend the Newcomers Research Week?

Though Newcomers is aimed at PhD students, new starters at Essex and researchers in the first years of their career, we will not turn away anyone who thinks they can benefit from one or more of our sessions. In January we had Master students, Professional Services staff and Senior Lecturers attending, who all said they gained lots of knowledge from our sessions.

If you miss our June event, or if some of the sessions you’d like to go to overlap, we also run a Newcomers Research Week in January which you are more than welcome to attend! Our website is updated regularly with information about the upcoming events.

What if I cannot attend the June or January events?

We understand that having these events outside term sometimes mean that many people are unable to attend, either being on holiday, research leave or having other commitments. As we cannot host a whole week of sessions during term time (usually due to our need to book many rooms during a busy time) we will offer some sessions in between our January and June events. These additional sessions are sometimes due to demand (e.g. Grant Writing), sessions to deal with current issues (e.g. A Building Resilience session to help address the mental health issues for early career researchers) or sessions of opportunity when we can get external experts in (e.g. Publishing with IEEE). The sessions will be advertised on our website under the ‘Upcoming Events’ tab and to the Newcomers Mailing List.

If you have any further questions or want to get in touch, drop us an email on

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