What is NECTAR?

Network of Early Career Teachers Academics and Researchers

NECTAR – ANU’s Early Career Academic Network – is led by a collective of volunteers who create a facilitated space specifically for Early Career Academics (ECA) at The Australian National University.

All Early Career Academics of ANU are members of NECTAR. We encourage you to get involved and invest your service to the university through NECTAR. You can become an active member by joining the NECTAR Custodians and College Contacts.


What do we do?

NECTAR is dedicated to enabling ECA to realise their vision, by supporting diverse research and education-led ECA initiatives; fostering opportunities for career development and vision realisation via collaborative, cross-college frameworks, and providing a supportive peer-to-peer space for ECAs working in research and/or education activities at ANU to connect with each other.

The key purposes of NECTAR are:

  1. To develop the ideas and build the confidence of ANU’s Early Career Academics. This includes acquiring some of the required skills and knowledge to lead a successful future.
  2. To maintain a direct channel of communication with the Executive. Since 2011 NECTAR has cultivated an open and constructive dialogue with the Executive to allow ECAs to contribute to shaping the identity of the University and ensure that ANU’s strategic goals remain dynamic and relevant.
  3. To foster open communication and collaboration across campus between ECAs and also the broader university community, including networking, research collaboration and socialisation activities.

Principally, NECTAR operates thanks to the voluntary participation of engaged ECAs who meet and collaborate on a regular basis to develop and support the activities of NECTAR and keep the network alive.

What is involved in being an active member of NECTAR?

We have a collective of around 40 volunteers ‘Custodians’ who active members of NECTAR. We have two meetings a month and it is hoped that everyone can make one of these per month. Those who can’t make it to meetings can comment on the meeting notes and participate in other ways, like drafting letters to the Vice-Chancellor. NECTAR Custodians may also get nominated to represent ECAs on Committees and ANU Improvement working groups, such as in the Redefinition of the ANU PhD, ECAF fellows, and the Academic Board.

NECTAR is supported financially and inkind by ANU

Crucial to the operation of NECTAR is financial support of the University towards the salary of a Coordinator to facilitate NECTAR’s key initiatives and activities.

In 2018 All Colleges of ANU have sponsored NECTAR to deliver a grand mentoring program and provided funds for a full time staff member at NECTAR to realise that plan.

NECTAR is also supported by University House and the ECAF fellows.

How can you get involved?

Get in touch with the NECTAR team or ask us at one of the regular meetings or NECTAR events.

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