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Researcher Development Programme

We have built a new online Researcher Development Community and look forward to seeing you there. Please check out the May programme below, and also this informational sway which will tell you more about our new initiative.

Please read : RD Online information

Please book via Skills Forge :May 2020 RD Online Programme

Please book via SkillsForge: June 2020 RD Online Programme

Go to this Sway

What is Researcher Development? And why?

Briefing for Supervisors

Researcher Development is just that - the development of the PG researcher. Whether it is the development of academic knowledge, the attributes you need to undertake your PhD or MRes, how to plan and develop for your future career, and sometimes where to start ( and how to finish), this is the place to come. Researcher Development is offered by a team who have experienced the highs and lows of research, are active researchers or lecturers or both; and most importantly, skilled facilitators.

We use a model of Dynamic Development ( Tony Bromley, University of Leeds) which puts you in charge of your learning and development. It supports your curiosity and creativity, works to your strengths and needs and aims always to empower you and your decisions.

All of the sessions provided by the RD programme aim to offer opportunities for networking across an interdisciplinary group ( crucial now for some funding bids), provide you with a tangible outcome which will save you some time on a future task, incorporate creativity ( if appropriate) and will not include multiple PowerPoint slides.

But I'm already busy...

A research degree is a big commitment but surely it would make sense to know how to work more effectively or hear hints and tips from those who have already experienced it? Also in this competitive world we all need to make sure that we grasp every opportunity to have greater choice over our lives and careers. Meeting with your peers will help provide a social and support network - and besides - its always good to talk about your research!

We don't provide food and drinks - we think you are committed enough to your own development to know that you want to attend - and a cake won't change your mind. ( But occasionally I bust the budget and provide some snacks)

The small print ...

Start and finish times?

All RD workshops start promptly but we know what the traffic is like on campus. We have rolling starts to allow for over running meetings and other commitments so turn up as soon as you can and we will get you caught up.

We all have conflicting demands on our time - so you need to prioritise what is important for you. If you're unsure - you can always email us the day before to see what spaces there are; we will generally fit you in. This is preferable to booking and not turning up. Also if you know that you can only make part of a session please contact us. Most of our sessions this is possible, but a few workshops need people there for the whole time.

Is there a cancellation policy?

You are responsible for booking and cancelling your own attendance on Warwick Skills Forge. We ask that you let us know as soon as possible if you are not attending so that we can provide your place to someone on the waiting list. Also life happens- but we appreciate an email to let us know not to expect you.


At each session there will be an opportunity to provide us with feedback on the training session itself, but you will also be asked to reflect upon the learning process and how you will apply what you have learnt in the session. This reflective practise will support your reflective piece that you will need to submit annually to your department. You can always contact us separately if you have further comments or suggestions for workshops that you would like to see provided.

Will it suit me?

We recognise that our Researchers have very differing needs and requirements and have a varied skill set. The RD has been designed with this in mind, allowing you to access the training that suits you and your needs, whatever your stage of research career and development.

The RD offers an annual programme which allows you to plan your needs over the next 10 months. This includes sessions in vacation time and three summer schools in 2020; one of which is specifically for those who are researching part time.

Researcher Development Newsletters:

We send out a termly and fortnightly newsletter (using Sway). We want to use them to flag up opportunities, keep you on track and occasionally add the odd joke in. If you would like to promote an event of yours then please let me know.

Researcher Development Newsletter:

How do I book onto Researcher Development?

You can book and record all your RD training via Warwick Skills Forge

What researchers say

Peter Ward

Kristina Curtis

On Demand workshop sessions:

The workshops vary from new sessions that we want to trial; sessions we want to gauge interest level, and sessions we want to re-introduce.

To do this we will run each session with a sign up list. When we reach a critical mass (i.e. the numbers we need to run the sessions) we will organise a date and contact all those who signed up.

List for 2019-20

Research Ethics

Academic Interviews

Introduction to Bid Writing

Working relationships

Conferences – event and paper

Writing your CV

Intellectual Property

Open Research

Research Data Management Essentials

The Publishing Trap: a game of scholarly communication

Copyright and your thesis

Write an article in an afternoon

Leadership Strategies

Beating Self Sabotage

Writing for new audiences

Project Management - Creative Research Solutions