I have to say that being involved with this UKRI FLF Development Network is a real privilege.
As a Research Development Officer at Cardiff University, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity of working directly with some of the very talented early career researchers that have submitted their fellowship applications to the UKRI FLF scheme in order to make that all important ‘jump’ to independence. I’ve provided support to applicants right through the various stages and I’ve realised that this scheme is very special, just like those (you!) who have been successful.
I know first-hand how mind-boggling this early stage of your fellowship can be, having been in your shoes over 14 years ago! At the time I had just given birth to my baby daughter and went immediately onto maternity leave - I only wish that I had had the support that you will all have access to via this UKRI FLF Development Network.
My role in the Network is to support the development of peer-review mock panels and the mentoring programme. Excitingly, we have recently appointed the UKRI FLF Dev Net's Partnership Manager who will be providing the day-to-day support to this aspect of the Network - Watch this blog space for an introduction to them in the very near future.
So, many congratulations on your successful UKRI FLF awards and I’m very much looking forward to working with and meeting you at some of the encounters, workshops and events that are planned over the coming years.