Researcher Development Group

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

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.

In 2019, the Group's name was changed to the Researcher Development Group to recognise its continuing status

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.

Prof Grace Lees-Maffei stood down as Chair of the Researcher Development Group after 6 years in the role, handing over to Dr Liz White from September 2019. Prof Lees-Maffei was appointed by Prof John Senior in 2013 and since then has worked tirelessly to promote researcher development through the work of the group. During her time as Chair, she has enabled the University to successfully retain the HREiR award through three evaluations, at the 4-, 6- and 8-year points by demonstrating that the University delivers on the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. In addition, the Researcher Development Group has hosted three biennial Researcher Development conferences in 2014, 2016 and 2019 and run multiple rounds of Skill Up!, the Researcher-Led Researcher Development funding scheme.

Dr White has been the School of Education representative on the group for a number of years and has the experience and expertise to step into this role and see the Researcher Development Group into the next phase of its work.

A conference for staff and students

In January 2019, the RDG hosted its third biennial researcher development conference, which was open to all University staff and research students.

Read Prof Lees-Maffei's report.

See Prof Grace Lees-Maffei's presentation slides.

Researcher Development Group gallery

Contact Dr Elizabeth White at for more information on the Researcher Development Group.