The University recognises and values its research staff – all researchers on fixed-term or open-ended contracts – and holds a European Commission ‘HR Excellence in Research’ award 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.
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.
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.