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Researcher Development

Training and development for research students

Our research students complete a bespoke programme of personal and professional training and development. This is individually tailored to support the achievement of the researcher’s programme and career aspirations. All new research students are allocated a dedicated ‘Researcher Development Advisor’ as part of their supervisory team whose role is to lead career and development focussed discussions and advise on appropriate training and development opportunities from across a wide menu of choices. Researchers complete activities across three key areas which align with Brunel’s aim to train excellent researchers who are well prepared for the world of work: skills to Do your research; skills to Disseminate your research and skills to Develop your career (the 3D programme).  As well as providing an extensive programme of workshops within the Researcher Development Programme, the Graduate School offers a range of additional development opportunities including hosting cross-university research student conferences and administering prizes for research students.

Information for researchers

Training and development for research staff

Training and development opportunities are offered in a variety of places within the University, with the Graduate School taking a particular lead in supporting our research staff development. We offer training in transferable skills through our Researcher Development Programme (RDP) for research staff and coordinate information and support through a range of activities, including one-to-one coaching.

Our Researcher Development Programme (RDP) provides training that reflects the national Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF), and researchers are encouraged to make use of the extensive information and resources available through Vitae about this and other aspects of career development

Applying for your research degree