Researcher Career Development

Aberystwyth University is committed to supporting the good management and support of researchers and their careers.  Information can be found here about our commitment to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, and other initiatives that support Researcher Development.

Welsh Crucible

Welsh Crucible is an award-winning programme of personal, professional and leadership development for the future research leaders of Wales. Now in its eighth year, the programme supports research-inspired innovation and cross-disciplinary collaboration in Wales.

Road Show Event 

To introduce the programme there will be a Welsh Crucible ‘road show’ event in IBERS 0.33 between 12 and 2pm Wednesday 24th Januarywhere those interested can find out more about the programme, meet previous Cruciblees and receive support with the application form.  For more information or to book a place please email

Welsh Crucible 2018 Poster

Welsh Crucible 2018 leaflet Eng


Welsh Crucible provides a unique opportunity to bring together thirty researchers to explore how they can work together to tackle the current research challenges facing Wales.  Welsh Crucible takes place over three intensive two-day (residential) workshops comprising inspiring guest speakers, seminars, skills sessions and informal discussions.

It is free to attend due to funding from HEFCW and Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea Universities, and the University of South Wales.  All residential costs, including accommodation and catering, and costs for all sessions in the three Welsh Crucible labs, will be provided for successful candidates. Travel expenses to cover reasonable travel costs to and from each Welsh Crucible lab will be paid.

Welsh Crucible will help you to 

      • develop a network of peers within the research community, 
      • forge links with Welsh Government, the National Assembly for Wales, and the Welsh media;
      • improve your effectiveness both within and beyond your organisation;
      • ensure that your research has greater impact;
      • learn about different areas of research and encourage personal and career development.

Many previous ‘Crucibles’ reported that this is probably the best development activity they have ever undertaken and well worth the time investment.


  • Must be an early or mid-career researcher with 3 years post-doc research experience.
  • Must be working in Wales at one of the funding Universities (Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff,  Swansea, South Wales) OR in R&D in business, industry or the public sector.

Further information can be found on the Welsh Crucible website:


Aberystwyth University’s Research Office has recently joined the Euraxess Local Contact Point (LCPs) network….one of only two places in Wales to join! Euraxess Local Contact Points form a developing network of Universities across the UK and Europe all ‘badged’ with the Euraxess honour. These LCPs support the staff of their own institution by providing assistance to researchers coming to or leaving the institution. Becoming a LCP can attract world-class research talent to our institution and encourage UK researchers to gain experience abroad which is something that helps the University become connected with researchers abroad and facilitates the creation of international collaboration. Reviewers of applications to EU research grants  are likely to be reassured by our status that internationally mobile fellows supported by their grants will receive the best possible help and advice to settle-in at our institution, and hence the Euraxess LCP badge should help grant capture.

In the meantime, AU academics wanting advice are welcome to contact 

Information about Euraxess for non-AU academics, including the contact details of the LCP can be found here.

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers