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.
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.
- To express your interest in participating in this programme, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 funding on the Research Professional website
- UK Research Staff Association website
- The University of Leeds are a membership organisation of ‘Vitae’ (website), the UK and international organisation supporting the personal and professional development of postgraduate researchers and research staff.
- Careers service for researchers (Careers Centre website)
- Research and Innovation Service website
- Researcher@Library (Library website)
- IT training for researchers (IT website)
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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