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Researcher development

The University is committed to supporting the personal, professional and career development of our PGRs and research staff. The range of personal, professional and career development training is extensive and is provided by researcher development teams within the Faculties, the Library, Staff Learning and Development (research staff only), Careers (PGRs only). Two University groups facilitate and coordinate cross Faculty discussions relating to the professional and career development training and opportunities open to PGRs and research staff, namely the Researcher Development Group and the Research Staff Strategy Group. 

Researcher Development Group

The Researcher Development Group meets bimonthly for cross Faculty discussion and coordination relating to training provision and researcher development activities for both PGRs and Research Staff.

Terms of Reference October 2018

Research Staff Strategy Group

The Research Staff Strategy Group meets bimonthly and is convened as a forum for cross Faculty discussions in relation to the personal and career development of University research staff and to develop a University wide strategy for the development of research staff.

Terms of Reference and Membership November 2018

International Conference Fund for Research Staff

The University has introduced a new International Conference Fund to provide support to research staff to attend and present at international conferences. 

Researchers with an accepted paper at an international conference can apply to their Faculty for a contribution to the conference fee, accommodation, travel and subsistence costs up to a maximum value of £500. 

Faculties are responsible for the administration of this fund, for further information and application forms contact your Faculty.

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Research Staff Conference 10 October 2019

A University wide conference for all research staff, 'Thinking Ahead - Developing your Career', will be held on 10 October 2019. Programme and booking arrangements will be open from May. 

Research Collaboration Fund for Research Staff

The Research Collaboration Fund aims to provide support to research staff to establish a collaborative research project with a cross disciplinary partner. The fund is an opportunity for research staff to build their interdisciplinary research and develop a collaborative research grant or fellowship application.

Applicants can apply for costs up to a maximum of £5000 to cover travel, meeting and workshop costs with a cross disciplinary partner to explore opportunities for future collaborative funding bids and/or staff and consumable costs for feasibility and pilot studies or preliminary research data collection in an interdisciplinary area which has the potential to lead to an external funding bid. 

To apply please follow your Faculty guidelines.

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Science and Engineering