Researcher development

Our broad range of training and development opportunities will prepare you for a successful research career, whether you are a new PhD student, early-career researcher or already have research experience.

Researcher Development Programme

Our Researcher Development Programme is aligned to the University’s strategic aims, the wider higher education environment and the Vitae Researcher Development Framework.

It will equip you with the skills you need for your research and your future career. We will help you secure funded research, support your research practice and facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations.

Supporting our early-career researchers

Our Early-Career Researchers Forum provides a space for shared learning across Colleges, Research Centres and academic disciplines and to stimulate collaboration between our early-career researchers. The forum runs a range of workshops to support professional development and meets on a termly basis to support the professional development of its members.

Early-Career Researchers Mentoring Scheme

Our mentoring scheme offers all our early-career researchers the opportunity to receive support and guidance on their research objectives from a senior member of staff. Regular meetings enable you to develop professionally by reflecting on your work and progress in a way that matches your personal requirements.

Early-Career Researchers Development Fund

We offer opportunities for you to apply for additional funding for a variety of purposes, including hosting or attending events or conferences, research consumables and travel grants, for example.

the research cafe
One of our research cafés, where researchers can present and discuss their work

Supporting our postgraduate research students

Our postgraduate research students are an active and integral part of the University’s research community. We offer training programmes and events specifically for our doctoral students to support their progression within their doctoral studies and their further careers.

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Workshops and events

Our workshops and events have been designed to support you through the research lifecycle and throughout the different stages of your career.

As a researcher you can take part in a variety of activities including: