Researcher Development Working Group

The group oversees the provision of researcher development for research staff including action planning.

Two men and a woman sitting by a table

In 2008, the University established a Researcher Development Working Group, consisting of staff from across the University, to oversee the implementation of the Concordat and Researcher Development Framework.

The group is led by a research-active academic chair and an HREiR Project Coordinator, and membership consists of representatives from:

  • Research staff
  • Human Resources
  • Equality Office
  • Research Degrees Team
  • Research Office
  • Research staff representative on the University Research Committee
  • Careers and Placements Office

Collectively the group oversees the provision of researcher development for research staff including action planning from the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and the Principle Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS) results and the research staff mentoring scheme.

A conference for staff and students

In September 2016, the RDWG convened its second biennial researcher development conference, ResDev16, with the Doctoral College. The 2016 conference was, like its 2014 predecessor, open to all University staff and research students, and we invited colleagues to examine the external researcher development context and the University provision.  Read a blog post about the conference by the RDWG Chair, Dr Grace Lees-Maffei, here.

View the conference programme for ResDev16

View the 2014 Excellence in Research conference programme.

See Dr Grace Lees-Maffei's presentation slides from the 2014 Excellence in Research conference:


Contact Dr Grace Lees-Maffei at g.lees-maffei@herts.ac.uk for more information on the Researcher Development Working Group.