Researcher Development

Undertaking independent research requires an extensive range of skills and attributes. The Doctoral Academy is here to help you reach your full potential, by providing opportunities to enhance your research and transferable skills. We offer a comprehensive Researcher Development Programme (RDP) to support you throughout your doctorate, from getting started with research, enhancing your personal effectiveness, through to engaging others and successfully communicating your work.

The RDP is mapped to the national Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF), which sets out the characteristics of excellent researchers, and is designed to fulfil the expectations of the QAA and research funders for the personal, professional and career development of researchers. It is open to PGRs from all faculties and you are encouraged to identify the workshops that are most relevant to you by undertaking a training needs analysis early on in your doctorate.

In addition to the RDP, you can connect with other doctoral researchers through a number of events throughout the year, an annual PGR Festival. Our travel fund can help you gain experience of presenting at academic conferences, and through our partnership with The Brilliant Club, you also have the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience. Late stage researchers can also apply to take part in one of our residential Thesis Boot Camps

We are always keen to hear from you if you have any suggestions for training and development or other events for the PGR community. Please email or call 0151 904 6375.