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Researcher Development

Researcher Development

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Charlotte Chivers

Charlotte-Anne Chivers is a PhD student in Rural Social Science. She is researching the efficacy of farm advice surrounding diffuse water pollution from agriculture.

Kelly Louise Preece

A headshot of a woman in her 30s with light brown hair and square glasses. She is wearing a red, blank adn grey abstract print top and is in front of a rustic wood backgroundKelly Louise Preece is the Researcher Development Manager for PGRs at the University of Exeter. She leads on the provision of professional development for PGRs across all  disciplines and campuses. Her route into researcher education has been a circuitous one. She started her career as a Dance academic in 2009, working at the University of Leeds and the University of Northampton before she ‘retired’ as a dancer and academic.

As the result of what her career consultant colleagues call ‘planned happenstance’, she ended up taking a role as a Researcher Development Manager at the University of Exeter in 2015. Since then, she has dedicated herself to educating and supporting researchers, and to developing structures and systems that support those struggling with their mental health in academia. In doing so, she is developing the next generation of emotionally intelligent, resilient, and self-aware academics.

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