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1 About

about.pngThis site and the activities included in it have been created in response to requests and questions from Research Active Staff to support their needs.

The Learning Development Centre offers a range of learning and development support opportunities to Research Active Staff at Warwick, led by Sandy Sparks.

This support incorporates:

  • An extensive programme of events/workshops

  • 1 - 1 support in key areas of your research and career progression

  • Funding to facilitate research and career development opportunities

  • Online resources highlighting best practice and ideas for your development

  • A monthly e-Newsletter detailing new possibilities

Contact Sandy Sparks

2 Current Development Opportunities

Within these pages you will find the following information:

  • A full programme of events currently on offer

  • 1-1 Support

  • Development & Support

  • E-Newsletter (below)

August 2019

3 Events and News


The Learning and Development Centre offers a wide range of workshops, training courses and development programmes for Research Active Staff, which can be found on our Events Calendar.

In addition to events developed and run by LDC we also aim to keep research staff informed about:

  • events run by research colleagues and supported by LDC

  • broader activities across Warwick relevant to research active staff

  • news of opportunities outside the university

Visit the Events Calendar


4 Resource Bank


The Resource Bank is a repository holding a range of materials to help in your devleopment and career as Research Active Staff. It contains event reports, research guides, case studies, video's and presentation files to support best practise.

The Resource Bank is easily searchable using keywords across three key themes:

  • Researcher Development

  • Research Management

  • Publication and Impact

Search the Resource Bank

5 Funding Opportunities


In addition to the programme of events and individual support, the Learning & Development Centre has secured funding to support Research Active Staff activities for developing engagement, impact, career and leadership.

We also aim to keep research staff informed of Funding Opportunities for Research Active Staff, nationally and internationally, when they become available. This include Research Support Services (RSS , International Office and Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)

LDC Funding Opportunities Currently Available:


  • Funding for Networks within departments/faculty or around a research interest or research priorities
6 The Research Community at Warwick

research.pngResearch is often individual and can be isolating in nature. The Learning & Development Centre aims to support the research community and inform Research Active Staff of networking opportunities across the university by providing:

  • practical support for Research Active Staff career development

  • time and space for discussion and collaboration

  • information on available networks and advice on setting up new networks

More details on LDC support for the research community

Research Active Staff Networks

The work of the Research Staff Forum

Facilities for the Researcher Community across Warwick

7 Your Employment at Warwick


To support your role and career progression as a member of Research Active Staff at Warwick it is important to be fully informed about the university policies relating to your employment.

Here is a list of the different areas of interest:

  • Staff Induction
  • Terms and conditions of employment
  • Fixed term contracts
  • Redundancy Procedure
  • Redeployment Guidelines
  • Study leave for academic/research staff
  • Academic Role Profiles
  • Salary Scales
  • Promotions for academic/research staff
  • Research Governance and ethics
8 FAQs


An initial range of FAQs are addressed on this page, covering information on where to find support, job descriptions and fixed term contracts.

Further items will be added later in the year, but we would also appreciate your ideas for inclusion on information that you have found useful.

Please contact Sandy Sparks or Lisa Lavender with your suggestions.

 Browse the FAQs