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Newer Researcher Network (NRN)

Hello and welcome to the Newer Research Network.

The EERN UK and Ireland Newer Researcher Network was launched in 2018 and comprises a group of newer researchers and academics from the wider EERN membership. Since our launch we have provided a supportive home for those who are new to the field of Engineering Education Research, through digital newsletters and face-to-face workshops.

As a group our vision is to provide a place where researchers who are new to the field of Engineering Education Research can gain support and knowledge. We see this occurring through the sharing of ideas and experiences, as your representatives on the UK&IE EERN committee we aim to:

  • Promote the EERN UKI to Newer EE Researchers.
  • Ensure that Newer Researcher voices are heard at EERN events.
  • Provide training opportunities for Newer Researchers.
  • Develop a network of support and community for Newer Researchers.

In order to embrace our diverse community and to encourage researchers from different backgrounds to conduct high quality Engineering Education Research, we have a broad definition of who we consider a Newer Researcher to be:

  • An EER PhD student
  • An ECR who is no more than two years post gaining their PhD
  • An engineering academic who is within three years of beginning research into engineering education.

Supporting the community via the NREEN blog

To keep up to date with what the network is up to head to the NREEN (Newer Research in Engineering Education Network) blog.  Housing resources and information about Engineering Education Research, this is the hub of our NRN community. By providing different perspectives and useful information we hope to support those who are Newer Researchers in Engineering Education whilst sparking conversations to bring us all together and get us thinking.

You can access the blog at:

If you have a topic that you think would be of interest to the wider EER community and are interested in contributing a blog post for our site, please do get in touch with us via email.

Ways to keep in touch

A newsletter goes out twice a year to those EERN members who have signed up to the Newer Researcher Network, the newsletter disseminates what the committee have been doing as well as highlighting opportunities for publishing, funding, and professional development within the field.

The committee are keen to hear from anyone who identifies as a Newer Engineering Education Researcher, so please contact the network via email or on Twitter (@EERN_ECR) to get involved.

We look forward to hearing from you or meeting you at our events (all are free to attend).


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