Support for researchers

Support for researchers at Leeds

The University is committed to supporting the development of our early career researchers into a wide range of career paths.  We are signatories to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (Vitae website), an agreement between funders and employers of research staff to improve the employment and support for researchers in UK higher education.  This details the specific responsibilities on funders, institutions and yourself to support and develop your research career.  A number of key steps have already been taken to ensure our support aligns to the principles it sets out.  As a result we hold the HR Excellence in Research Award (Vitae website) for demonstrating our commitment to improving the working conditions and career development for research staff.

Our career skills development is just one piece of the jigsaw, alongside development to support applying for funding, enhancing your teaching and introduction to leadership.

You have access to a specialist development programme, structured around the themes of research and innovation, student education, personal effectiveness and academic leadership. Some opportunities we tailor specifically for research staff to reflect the challenges you may face.  Below you will find more information and details of the most relevant opportunities available to you from across OD&PL.  This is not the only development available so be sure to review all the opportunities on offer.  Selecting the links will take you to the relevant course pages.

Applying for a fellowship or funding and grant writing for researchers

Exploring your research impact & research ethics

Find support for the development of research funding bids or to help researchers to achieve, record or evidence impact.

Career Architect

Suitability: researchers who are not proactively pursuing an academic career or applying for a fellowship or academic post. Support from your line manager is also required.

Kick-start your future with this workshop combining coaching and informal small-group workshops with ‘industry savvy’ information and exercises.  The programme runs in collaboration with executive careers coach, Ruth Winden, over three 2-day workshops spaced approximately 3 weeks apart. During the programme you will explore a range of career options beyond academic research.

Strengthsfinder and professional skills

Women Rising and Springboard

Women Rising is a professional development programme designed for the University’s female postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers working in engineering and physical sciences. Springboard is an award-winning three-month personal development programme designed especially for women.

Developing your teaching

OD&PL offers development for staff at different stages of their teaching career.

Networks mailing lists and online resources

Find out more

If you have any questions about the above or our research staff development in general, including our bespoke provision, please select from the following:

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