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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 PGRs all workshops are free to attend and resources are widely available on the dedicated Researcher Development Programme virtual learning environment Brightspace.

About the programme

The RDP is complementary to your postgraduate research degree and offers you 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.

Offering over 60 different workshops, and a wide range of online modules, e-learning, an interactive webinar series, and a range of additional online resources, the RDP mirrors the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) which enables an individually tailored developmental journey.

The Doctoral College are continually expanding our provisions and are 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. 

How does the programme work?

The workshops are tailored towards postgraduate researchers and delivered by the Doctoral College, Faculty academic staff, professional services staff and external facilitators all highly knowledgeable in their fields and in postgraduate research and generally run twice per year. As you progress through your postgraduate research degree you will discover different areas of the RDP will become important.

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.