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Alumni Awards 2024

Researcher development programme

As part of the Doctoral College, The Researcher Development Programme (RDP) offers over 100 courses and events that enhance the experience of research students and support early career researchers, mid-career researchers, experienced researchers and supervisors in their continuous professional development.

The RDP has three main components:

  1. The main programme - listed in the handbook
  2. The Summer School - offers extra support to our part-time research students and staff
  3. The Spring School - offers extra support to our part-time research students and staff

RDP Programme

The RDP Programme provides information and development on:

  • Knowledge and Research Skills
  • Information technology and information management
  • Research Degree process
  • Personal development and employability skills
  • Entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer
  • Engagement, influence and impact
  • Research leadership

These sessions are designed to support research students and staff at every stage of their study or career to:

  • Develop personal and transferable skills, and an awareness of research governance and management
  • Improve academic writing, communication skills and maximising the impact of research
  • Demonstrate how to engage and influence others
  • Offer support and guidance in pursuing employment within and without academia
  • Enhance research leadership and supervisory skills

Researcher Development Programme Handbook