With the ongoing challenges within the research sector in attracting, supporting and retaining talent, Daughters of Sailors and Vela conducted research on behalf of MRS in 2022 to better understand the core people and talent issues within our sector.

Download > Understanding our Shortages of Talent report.

On the back of this research, the People and Talent programme was established comprising four workstreams designed to drive action and achieve real change in the research sector. 

  • New and returning talent (workstream 1) - focused on recruitment targets, recruitment communications and channels, including the apprenticeship programme. 
  • Wellbeing at work (workstream 2 ) - looking at providing and enhancing resources to ensure researchers and employers have the support they need.  
  • Learning and development (workstream 3)  - reviewing training /qualification provision, and skills mapping to support informed career development and planning.
  • Agency culture and leadership (workstream 4)  - identifying good employment practice /staff support and using these to encourage sector wide improvements. 


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