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The Doctoral School Researcher Development Programme (RDP) offers academic, professional, and personal development through a number of training workshops and event opportunities, all intended to support the research community at the University of Lincoln. The programme is delivered under four thematic areas, specifically designed to enable you to identify and develop skills, and acquire the knowledge and expertise needed to achieve standards of excellence in your research and professional life. These workshops are delivered by expert facilitators both across the University and externally to support students at all stages of their research.

Our Researcher Development Programme is aligned with the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF). This is a nationally recognised benchmark of the skills and abilities that are needed by effective researchers. This framework is endorsed by all the UK Research Councils as well as other influential bodies.


Many of our workshops are now recorded for the benefit of part-time and distant postgraduate researchers. Contact us to request access to a session.

Request access to workshop recordings

All workshops are delivered by expert facilitators from across the University and externally to support our students at all stages of their postgraduate research.

Researcher Development Events

The events here will form part of your development portfolio and offer the opportunity for academic, professional, and personal development.

Researcher Development Programme | Booking Information

The Doctoral School development programme is open to all postgraduate research students, it is constructed to deliver a range of skills and attributes that you will use throughout your research study; this section contains the information you need with regards to booking onto a workshop.

1. The Booking Process

Once you have chosen your workshop, you will be asked to complete the booking form and enter details about yourself, which enables us to record the activity under your records and produce an accurate Transcript of Development for you.

Once you have booked onto a workshop, you are expected to attend, if you find that you are not able to meet your commitment to attend, you must ensure that you cancel your booking by contacting the Doctoral School at the earliest possible opportunity so that someone else can be offered the chance to attend. Should you fail to attend a workshop without providing a valid reason your supervisor and Head of Department will be notified.

If we find we have to cancel a workshop at short notice (for example, as a result of tutor illness or extreme weather) we will contact you as soon as possible by email using the email address you submitted at booking.

2. Online Viewing Requests

Many workshops within the Researcher Development Programme are now recording for the benefit of part-time & distance researchers. To view a session recording, please book onto the event through the normal booking procedure and additionally request access to a workshop recording through the above contact form.

3. Cancellation of Attendance

The Researcher Development Programme is very popular and for many workshops we have waiting lists of students wishing to attend. Hence, if you book a place on an event you are expected to attend. If you realise that your attendance is going to be impossible you can cancel your booking by emailing:

Please do so as early as possible (and at least 48 hours in advance) so that we can offer your place to another student.

Researcher Development Programme | FAQ

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