Researcher Development Programme 2017 – 2018

These workshops are designed to help you develop relevant career orientated skills and help you with every aspect of your career management.


Careers Beyond Research: Applying Your Skills Outside Academia

Facilitator: Joanna Young

About this Workshop

There are a number of options outside of academia that are open to PhD graduates and postdoctoral researchers. Not everyone chooses to climb the academic ladder and many researchers are unaware of the variety of other options that are available. During their career, researchers develop a number of skills that they can utilise in a variety of other positions, whether these are related to their research or not. A key component to finding a job outside academia is presenting yourself well at interviews, writing an engaging C.V. and explaining your academic experience in a way that appeals to certain employers.

This workshop aims to highlight a number of these careers and to explore what particular options might be compatible with individuals. We will include overviews of a variety of different job types, case studies of researchers who have moved into different careers and provide resources to help participants explore their options. In addition, participants will be invited to complete an individual Elements skills analysis to help them with future job applications and interviews.

  • Consider the professional routes outside academia
  • Reflect on your own skills and experience thus far
  • Communicate your skills and experience effectively in written applications and interviews

Workshop dates

Tuesday 16 January 2018, 09:30 – 12:30 Book now
Thursday 17 May 2018, 13:30 – 16:30 Book now

Leadership & Teamwork for Researchers

Facilitator: Neil Raven

About this Workshop

This half day workshop is designed specifically for postgraduates who are interested in further developing their skill set in order to enhance their employment prospects beyond graduation. When hiring new team members, the professional environment is now increasingly choosing individuals with transferable skills such as leadership, team-working, strong communication, negotiation and cooperative working. How an individual perceives their own working style, what their preferences are, and how they interact with and manage others is a key part of this, and researchers can benefit from exploring their own personal method of working.

  • Recognise and relate to specific leadership practice
  • Develop your own personal leadership style
  • Learn team roles and identify your own personal preferences based on the Belbin SPI evaluation
  • Create a personal action plan for your own professional development
  • Draw on this leadership and teamwork experience and apply this to real world environments
  • Gain skills that engenders co-operation and collaboration

Workshop dates

Tuesday 14 November 2017, 13:30 – 16:30 Book now

Attracting Your Own Research Funding: Writing & Applying for Fellowships

Facilitator: Joanna Young

About this Workshop

A career in research is exciting, varied and gives you the opportunity to be at the cutting edge of discovery in your chosen field, but it is a highly competitive environment and researchers from all over the world aspire to reach the top of their profession. If you are aiming for a career in academic research, it is crucial to publish regularly, be independent, and attract your own funding. You can start to do this early in your research career: if you are awarded a postdoctoral fellowship, not only will you stand out from the crowd, but you will demonstrate that you can propose innovative projects that attract research funding – this is a key requirement for a successful academic career.

How do you go about the process of applying for your own postdoctoral research fellowship? There is more to it than filling in an application form: you will have to propose and design an innovative project, identify a senior researcher to advise you and approach them about being involved in your project, convince the application reviewers that you are the right person, name referees and more. To be successful requires planning and preparation and you will need to use your network and be proactive. In this workshop you will find out what steps you should take, time frames, what a fellowship involves, international options, how to apply, the different types of fellowships available and how to use your connections to your advantage.

  • Understand the process of applying for research funding
  • Fully investigate the funding avenues available for you
  • Gain context for the need to attract funding

Workshop dates

Wednesday 28th February 2018, 13:30 – 16:30 Book now


Careers and Employability

With a vast network of employers, the careers team are dedicated to supporting you with your career development during your time here at the University.

Careers Planning


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You can find Careers and Employability on the Ground Floor of the University. Opening times: Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm.

Call: 01522 837 828