Early Career Academic Network (ECAN)

Early Career Academic Network (ECAN)
ECAN promotes, connects, enables and represents the careers and interests of Early Career Academics at UNSW



* Enabling ECAs to make strategic and informed decisions about their career trajectory and goals
* Promoting and facilitating ECA leadership across the key strategic areas of academic excellence, social engagement and global impact
* Providing space for ECAs to network and share knowledge at faculty and university level
* Connecting the wider UNSW community with a valuable ECA population
* Representing the voice of ECAs at Academic Board.

Upcoming Events
Slow Scholarship: 26 November
ECAN Scientia Event, 26 November, 4-7pm

Slow Scholarship


Arguing for more considered time for thinking and reflecting, rather than pumping out publications for the sake of metrics, Slow Scholarship also promotes the ever elusive ‘work/life balance’.

How can ECA’s navigate the ethical potential of Slow Scholarship with the increasing pressure to ‘publish or perish’. Join us for a lively panel discussion about the viability and import of slow vs fast scholarship in the current academic climate.

Speakers include: Professor Eileen Baldry (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Equity & Diversity); Professor Ana Deletic (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research); Scientia Professor Andrew Martin (Arts & Social Sciences); Professor Joel Pearson (Science, School of Psychology); Professor Mattheos Santamouris (Built Environment).

More information and registration coming soon. 


Previous Events

View the most recent ECAN event 'Navigate Your University', which took place on 1 August 2019 below. 

ECAN Subcomittees
Science ECAN

Science ECAN provides a supportive platform to assist Early Career Academics (ECAs) in the Faculty of Science to pursue successful careers at UNSW. Click here for more information.

Engineering ECAN

Engineering ECAN is a network that exists to support Early Career Academics (ECAs) in the Faculty of Engineering. Click here for more information.

Medicine ECAN

Medicine ECAN provides a supportive platform to assist Early Career Academics (ECAs) in the Faculty of Medicine and affiliated centres to pursue successful careers at UNSW. Click here for more information.

Early Career Academic Support Guideline

ECAN has been closely involved in developing the ECA Support Guideline, which offers a framework for ensuring ECAs at UNSW are provided a supportive and collegial work environment, and are well positioned to pursue a successful academic career. You can read the Guideline online here.


Early Career Academic Support Policy

This Policy outlines the fundamental principles to guide the relationship between Early Career Academics and the University. Find it here

Become an ECAN Member
Am I Eligible to Join ECAN?

To become an ECAN member, simply subscribe to our Mailing List (below). Membership is open to UNSW Early Career Academics (ECAs) who meet all of the following criteria:

  • UNSW Academic staff within seven years (relative to opportunity) of having been awarded a PhD or recognised equivalent;
  • Appointment is at Level A-C.

The term ECA includes any employee who fits the requirements above, irrespective of whether the employment is:

  • in a research-focused role, an education-focused role, or a combined research and education role; and
  • in a continuing or fixed-term position.

Additionally, you must also take into account your relevant career opportunity and interruptions.

If you have any questions, please email us at ecanexec@unsw.edu.au

Follow ECAN

Follow our Yammer group for regular updates about opportunities, events and to celebrate the achievements of your fellow ECAN members. Feel free to post directly to Yammer to share any relevant information with the community.

Subscribe to the ECAN Mailing List

You must click "Subscribe" to submit your application. Please check your email address is correct before registering to ensure you receive all notifications.

You will receive an email confirmation of your membership application within 48 hours. Please note all Early Career Academic Network events are publicised via the Division of Research website and invitations to our events are sent via MailChimp mailing list and our ecanexec@unsw.edu.au mailbox.

Once you register, your name will be added to the mailing list and a confirmation email will be sent via MailChimp. This email will contain instructions on how to unsubscribe in the future, should you wish to terminate your membership. 


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