Engineering Researcher Society

Winners from the 2019 Engineering Researcher Symposium and Representative from Sheffield Flourish (charity supported in the cake bake)

The Engineering Researcher Society (ERS) is a mutual body providing a VOICE for all early career researchers, including postdoctoral and contract research staff, across all departments within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield; providing Development Opportunities (DO) and also promoting a COMMUNITY for networking and socialising. Want to find out more or get involved? Contact us!

Our annual DO Fund initiative provides flexible bursaries available that can be used in a variety of ways to advance your professional development. Our ninth round closed on 8th March 2021, but we hope to run it again in early 2022. It's good experience for completing any type of competitive funding application. See our Development Opportunities page.

Due to uncertainty over COVID-19 restrictions, we will not run the Engineering Researcher Symposium in June 2021. We are hoping to run a smaller event for researchers in Autumn 2021 and run a full symposium in 2022. The 2019 symposium website gives an idea of what to expect in 2022.


Since forming in 2011, the ERS has grown and thrived within the Faculty of Engineering with many notable achievements including:


The Engineering Researcher Society aims to create a supportive community of Engineering researchers by encouraging social and research networking within and between departments. We hold occasional social networking events. We are involved in the development of the Researcher Mentoring Programme, which offers professional career guidance and support from the wider academic community. We also offer the opportunity to attend researcher-specialist development opportunity seminars with other like-minded researchers, and have strong links with the Women in Engineering network.

Development Opportunities

Providing opportunities for the professional development of research staff has been a core aim of the Engineering Researcher Society since it's inception. See the dedicated Development Opportunities page for more details.