Provide clear guidance about which projects will be prioritized and why, and how this affects scheduling and access to resources
Clear communication is essential. What are your current top priorities as a research group? Provide an opportunity to discuss prioritization or issues related to the feasibility or consequences of these decisions. Work with ECRs to mitigate the effects of de-prioritized projects on degree timelines or funding. This may include developing alternative plans, including for return to work after lockdown. Ask ECRs which guidelines or regulations are most important for their degree regulations or career goals. Provide clear procedures (e.g. who to contact and when) for resolving disputes between ECRs.