The University recognises and values its research staff and holds a European Commission ‘HR Excellence in Research’ award for its commitment to supporting its researchers. The Graduate School provides information and support for research staff – i.e. all researchers on fixed-term or open-ended contracts – through a range of activities to encourage personal, professional and career development.
Our Researcher Development Programme (RDP) provides activities that satisfy the national 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.
Graduate School activities for research staff include researchers’ network forums, a range of workshops, and opportunities for personal and career coaching.
Our activities are also informed by CROS (Careers in Research Online Survey) – a national survey of contract research staff conducted every two years. The aggregate report of the latest survey results 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.