Early Career Network Representative Roles & Responsibilities


The Early Career Network is member-led and driven by our active volunteers, who are known as Early Career Network Representatives. There are two different roles for Early Career Network Representatives, with varying responsibilities. 

Early Career Network Representative

Any member with an interest in supporting the personal and professional development of our members in the early stages of their career is welcome to apply to be an Early Career Network Representative.  

An Early Career Network Representative is expected to:

  1. Act as a local point of contact and avenue of communication between members in the early stages of their career in their local area and with their Early Career Network Regional Representative.

  2. Make themselves known to members who are in the early stages of their career in their region. The Networks Team will support members in this communication.

  3. Support the organisation of at least one Early Career Network event or activity per year in collaboration with other Early Career Network Representatives, members from Local Section committees, Interest Group committees or Divisions, or on their own.

  4. Be available to physically meet with other Early Career Network Representatives and Early Career Network Regional Representatives in their region once per year to network, share ideas for collaboration and to support each other.

  5. Be in electronic contact with other Early Career Network Representatives in their region throughout the year.

  6. Be an active point of contact for the Local Section committee in their local area. If there is more than one Early Career Network Representative in their local section, then one Early Career Network Representative should be identified to be the main point of contact for the Local Section Committee.

  7. Where relevant, contact and keep in touch with the wider scientific groups and communities that are relevant to the Early Career Network, including Chemistry Society Representatives at universities in the local area and any industrial RSC Representatives.

  8. Update Education Co-ordinators in their region on local Early Career Network activities and raise awareness of outreach opportunities for members to get involved with.

We hope that the above doesn't sound too daunting - there is plenty of support available for representatives, from other representatives and from staff at the Royal Society of Chemistry. 

If you have any questions, or if you would like to volunteer as an Early Career Network Representative, please contact Marie in the Member Networks team at the Royal Society of Chemistry. There is no limit on the number of representatives you can have in any one area - in fact, the more the better.

Early Career Network Regional Representatives

There are only nine Early Career Network Regional Representatives, each based in one of our nine regions in the UK and Ireland (for example, the North East England Region). 

This role is different to the Early Career Network Representative role, because these representatives are voted in by members in the early stages of their career in each region. These members are required to represent all members in the early stages of their career on their region's Regional Steering Group (a steering group which brings together Local Section committee representatives, Interest Group Representatives, RSC Reps, Benevolent Fund volunteers and Analytical and Education Division Region representatives in the region), and they are also part of the Early Career Network Committee. 

The role of the Early Career Network Regional Representative is to:

  1. Represent early career members in their region on the Early Career Network committee and abide by their terms of reference.

  2. Act as a point of contact and avenue of communication between Early Career Network Representatives in their region, the Regional Steering Groups and the Early Career Network committee.

  3. Keep in regular contact with Early Career Network Representatives in their region, either through online communication or physical meetings.

  4. Keep the Early Career Network website pages up-to-date by contacting the networks team at the Royal Society of Chemistry, and updating the networks team on potential or new network representatives in their area.

  5. Be able to answer questions about the role of Early Career Network Representatives and the Royal Society of Chemistry, or know the appropriate staff member to contact.

Our Early Career Network Representatives can be seen by clicking on the link on the left-hand navigation. If you have any questions about the role, please feel free to get in contact with the representative in your region, or with Marie in the Member Networks team at the Royal Society of Chemistry.


Contact and Further Information

Dr Robert Bowles
Trainee Careers Specialist
Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432340