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Research Careers and Diversity

 Research Councils UK (RCUK) is committed to the career development, high level skills and training of researchers to ensure the excellence of the UK research base. The Research Councils support over 30,000 researchers at any one time including 19,000 doctoral students, 14,000 research staff and 2,000 research fellows.

In this section you will find information about:

The aims for Research Careers and Diversity are in the RCUK Delivery Plan, which is available here.

If you are interested in a career in research, there is a suite of stories providing insight about life as a researcher and the different career paths which researchers’ take on the RCUK website here. The stories feature researchers who were funded by the Research Councils and cover a broad range of disciplines.

The Vitae website also provides a database of career stories (including links to career stories gathered by other organisations) along with a range of information about the labour market for researchers and managing a career:

For Research Careers and Diversity contact information please see the contacts section