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Researcher Development


What is Researcher Development?

Researcher Development is provided by the Doctoral College to support you as a researcher and help you get the best from yourself and Warwick whilst you are here.

We all arrive to start our research degree from a myriad of backgrounds and life experiences. Some of us have come from industry, or a previous related/unrelated career; some of us have come straight through education having completed our Masters fairly recently. Whatever our route in, we also travel different routes through; some of us working in teams; some alongside industrial partners and others working by ourselves. What we do have in common is that a research degree is a great opportunity to focus on our area of interest. It’s a great challenge and will prepare us for our chosen career.

We are here to support you in all stages of your PhD, and across the four years; but also recognise that you bring with you multiple abilities. Some of the sessions we offer may just be what you need at that time, other sessions you may not need now, but later or not at all. The important aspect is that you research what you need and find out where to access it.Learn more about the Professional Development Framework we follow in our work.

Get started!

We run an online and in-person programme of support and training throughout the year including evenings, weekends and vacation periods; so hopefully you will find an event which suits your timing.

Summer Researcher Development Online programme starts June 6th. Descriptions and booking links in the RDO Summer Notebook.

Also check out our channels on other platforms:

Core Series

Accelerator series – Seven sessions that will get your PhD off to the best start. It will bring you into contact with other new arrivals at Warwick, starting to build your professional network and peer group of colleagues.

Essentials Series is those key areas that we all will need to cover no matter what our discipline; writing, conferences, presentations; trouble shooting and research impact.

Productivity Series will keep you on track and focussed, planning your milestones, maintaining motivation and towards submitting your thesis and taking your viva.

Research integrity underpins all our sessions, but we also focus on particular aspects – ethics & integrity, questionable research practice; collaborative team working and an exploration of the different types of research methods.

PhD in Second Language Series – If you are doing your PhD in your second, third or even 4th language then we run weekly sessions focussing on writing, presenting, speaking and also navigating the strange accents and behaviours of the British.

Research Methods Series helps you explore the different research methods that are available to you, to think about what would suit your research best and understand why others use different methods. Your department will provide the specific methods training that you need.

Research Integrity

University Research Integrity Webpages

University Code of Practice

Epigeum Research Integrity Training

RDO Integrity & Ethics Workshops

RDO Questionable Research Workshops

Dilemma Game - developed by Erasmus University, Rotterdam

RDO Writing Programme

You are a specialist in your field – but do you still find yourself getting stuck or frustrated when you try to write about it? The RDO Writing Programme is designed to help you ensure your writing is as effective as your research. Find out more about the writing support we offer.

Next Steps Careers Series

During June & July we will be running a nine week series of in person and online support for you and your career. No matter what stage you are in your PhD , you need to think about where next. There is more information on our Careers Page.

RDO Teams Site

We hold all our events on our RDO Teams channel, where we also publicise any research related events that we hear about. We share ideas, solutions and challenges amongst our peers, as well as job opportunities, research activities and – yes! – pictures of our research cats and dogs.

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Do you have any questions? Contact us via or use the Contact and Feedback Form.