Research Advantage

ECR 'Connect and Empower' Network

ECR Connect and Empower Network

The University is committed to establishing a collegiate Early / Mid Career Researcher (EMCR) community and will facilitate the EMCR ‘Connect and Empower’ Network.

This Network will support the next generation of researchers through the provision of a series of interactive professional development sessions, opportunities for networking and collaborations, peer-to-peer support and attainment of knowledge.

2019 Diary Dates 
Tuesday 19 March

Flash Mentoring Session – an opportunity to speak one - on - one with up to 5 senior UON Researchers and seek their advice / lessons learnt / top tips on specific areas of research career development.

Register now via Discover

Friday 3 May

An opportunity for you to Raise your Research Profile by understanding the value of having a Social Presence

Dr Paula Jones – Changing nature of research – value or currency of Impact

Professor Clare Collins – Research Profile – social footprint – the value add for researchers

Mr Rob Brooks – Types of social media and how to get started [practical applications]

Register now via Discover

Tuesday 25 June

This session will provide an opportunity for you to ask those burning questions about developing work / life balance in academia. Panel members will share their experiences, wisdom and provide some strategies for building resilience.
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask questions and equip yourself with tools to assist your survival and well-being in 2019.

Professor Cathy Coleborne, Head of School - Humanities and Social Science, Faculty of Education and Arts

Professor Adam McCluskey, School of Environmental and Life Sciences [Chemistry], Faculty of Science

Doctor Vanessa Murphy, NHMRC Career Development Fellow, School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine

Register now via Discover

Tuesday 30 July  
Tuesday 3 September  
Thursday 3 October  
Tuesday 26 November  

Please note the following tips for logging into discover:

  1. Click the ECR Connect and Empower link above
  2. On the page in your browser click on the ‘UON staff login’ link.
  3. Input your UON Staff Login details on the sign-in page which are: username = UON Staff Number Plate and password = your password
  4. Click the Login button
  5. Click the Sign up button on the ECR Connect and Empower Network enrolment page.

Research Bites

Nominate via - YES - I would like to promote my research improve my presentation and pitching confidence and/or initiate interdisciplinary collaborations.


Open to all ECRs (1-5 years post PhD) and MCRs (5-10 years post PhD)

Further information