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Researcher Development Programme

As a postgraduate researcher at BU, the Doctoral College: Researcher Development Programme (RDP) can support you in developing the necessary skills, knowledge and attributes needed to complete your research degree and for your longer-term career ambitions.

For current postgraduate researchers all workshops, webinars and masterclasses are free to attend and full details are available on your dedicated Researcher Development Programme Brightspace unit.

About the Researcher Development Programme

The RDP has over 50 different sessions and a wide range of online modules, e-learning, and an interactive webinar series on offer. It is complementary to your postgraduate research degree and provides you the flexibility to develop your academic, professional and personal skills as and when required. It supports you in gaining the skills needed to complete your research degree whilst also building on your transferable skills for employability, whether in academia or further afield, in an increasingly competitive jobs market.

The RDP mirrors the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) which enables an individually tailored developmental journey. You may wish to use the Training Needs Analysis template to guide and record your development.

The Doctoral College is continually expanding our provisions and is committed to providing a high-quality programme, which is suitable and accessible for all our postgraduate researchers. As part of this dedication, a Postgraduate Researcher Development Steering Group has been convened to drive developments forward. If you are a postgraduate researcher and would like to be involved please get in touch

How the Researcher Development Programme works

Sessions are tailored towards postgraduate researchers and delivered by the Doctoral College, academic staff, professional services staff and external facilitators all highly knowledgeable in their fields and in postgraduate research. As you progress through your postgraduate research degree you will discover different areas of the RDP will become important. There is no maximum number of sessions you can attend however it is expected, in line with the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, that you complete 10 days professional development pro-rata per year. Booking is required for all sessions. 

By mapping the RDP against the RDF you will be able to set aspirational goals, identify opportunities for further professional development, develop an action plan and articulate and evidence the transferability of your skills for your CV, in job applications and during interview in a language employers inside and outside of academia will recognise and respect.