Our Programme

The Doctoral School’s Researcher Development Programme (RDP) offers academic, professional, and personal development through a number of training workshops and event opportunities. Our programme calendar of activity is interdisciplinary and intended to support the whole research community at the University of Lincoln. All of our workshops are delivered by expert facilitators from both within the University and our external partners, with the aim of  supporting 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 to be an effective researcher. This framework is endorsed by all the UK Research Councils as well as other influential bodies. All of our workshops are identified by the skills they develop according to this framework.

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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.

Research Skills

The workshops listed under this theme provide a wide range of skills and knowledge in becoming an effective researcher. They will allow you to directly apply new learning to your individual research project as well as refresh your skills in areas you are already familiar.


Communicating your research and ideas in an appropriate way to different audiences is a vital skill, and one you will use throughout your research studies. These workshops help develop your communication skills when disseminating and engaging others with your research.

Writing & Publishing

This theme focuses on the skills and knowledge needed in writing and sharing  your research at all stages; from the conception of your writing, to the findings and conclusions. The practical elements of writing and the opportunity to actually write are also delivered.

Career Development

The workshops under our Career Development theme are designed to help you develop relevant career-orientated skills, consider the journey beyond your PhD, and help you manage all aspects of your research project and subsequent academic, or non-academic career.


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. Explore our workshops through the theme links above, or on our calendar.

2. Select your chosen workshop and follow the booking link.

3. Complete the booking form with your student details to register.

4. Request online recording of session on the booking form (if applicable).

5. Recieve an email confirming your space, additional with further information.

6. Attend the session.

Booking Cancellation:

Once you have booked onto a workshop, you are expected to attend. If you find that you are not able to attend, you must ensure that you cancel your booking as soon as possible, so that your space can be offered to someone else. Should you fail to attend a workshop without providing a valid reason for doing so, 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.

Session Recordings:

Most of our workshops are recorded for the benefit of part-time and distance researchers. To request a recording, book onto a workshop as usual, but acknowledge that you are a part-time/distance student in the booking form. Full-time students are also able to request recordings for sessions, providing a justifiable reason is given ahead of time for non-attendance. We ask all researchers to attend workshops in person when possible. Once a session has ended, all attendees are sent an email with the link to the  recording, plus information around further relevent training events.

Online Workshops:

Our programme also offers live online tutorials throughout the year, in collaboration with the University of East Anglia. Spaces on these modules will be limited, so we encourage all researchers to register their interest early. Our standard booking procedure will direct you to the registration for these sessions. Online workshops can be accessed remotely and recordings can be provided to those who request, or for those who miss out on the initial live stream. All online workshops are denoted by an accompanying icon in our development listings.