Research staff include all researchers on fixed-term or open-ended research contracts. The University recognises and values its research staff and holds an EU ‘HR Excellence in Research’ award in recognition for its commitment to supporting its researchers.
The Graduate School coordinates and provides information and support for research staff through a range of activities to encourage personal, professional and career development.
Our Researcher Development Programme (RDP) provides activities that satisfy the national Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF).
The Researcher Development Framework – developed by and for researchers – describes the knowledge, competencies and attributes of a highly skilled researcher. It can be used to help you identify your current strengths and provides a framework for your continued personal, professional and career development.
If you would like to access and use the RDF to structure and record your own development, the Graduate School can cover the cost of individual access. Please contact us for further details.
Graduate School activities for research staff include researchers’ network forums, workshops within our Research Development Programme, and opportunities for personal and career coaching, including advice on fellowship applications.
Our activities are also informed by CROS (Careers in Research Online Survey). The CROS survey is a national survey of contract research staff conducted every two years. The results from participating institutions are aggregated and published in a cross-sector report. We have participated in the survey since 2009.
You will be receiving an email inviting you to complete this year’s Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS). It will only take around 20 minutes to complete and your feedback is completely anonymous. The survey will be open from 14 April to 31 May.
As a thank you for your time, you can choose to be entered into our prize draw for £100 Amazon vouchers.
The results are used by the University and by national research funding bodies to inform decision making and monitor developments and initiatives relating to the employment, training and career development of research staff.
So please take the opportunity to have your say, share your experience and help ensure that we meet your needs.
The aggregate report of the last survey results, from 2013, can be accessed here.
NB: In liaison with Staff Development, the Graduate School also provides information and support for staff supporting and/or managing researchers.