Although applications are open to all researchers who are completing or have completed their doctorate, those who have worked on fields in Maths, Physics and Engineering are eligible to become Maths and Physics Chairs with a considerable salary uplift. This career route is designed to ensure that researchers’ subject knowledge and considerable experience of higher education is maximised in a number of unique ways:
- Time built in to the programme for researchers to maintain an academic profile. All trainees in the pilot programme became Honorary Research Associates at King’s College London and have used this time to write articles and attend conferences.
- The opportunity to become a Research Leader in Education – a unique qualification. This qualification recognises the work researchers will complete as part of the training programme in various fields of education research. In particular trainees are encouraged to link up with universities to promote existing widening participation activities in line with OFFA’s recommendations.
- A competitive scholarship salary and the possibility of business sponsorship. All trainees will receive a scholarship salary and will not have to contribute to tuition fees. Maths and Physics Chairs will also receive a salary uplift.
The programme is deliberately tailored to provide support for postgraduate career changers in a way that celebrates their prior professional and research background. Further details of the programme are attached.