Training and development

The Doctoral Academy delivers an integrated and comprehensive programme of skills development and formal training for postgraduate research students, known as the Doctoral Academy Programme.

Students discussing how to become an effective researcher.
Students discussing how to become an effective researcher during one of our workshops.

Our programme incorporates generic personal and professional skills as well as discipline specific skills. It is informed by the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) which was developed by Vitae in consultation with higher education institutes across the UK and the public and private sector, and describes the knowledge, behaviour and attributes of successful researchers.

The four domains of the RDF cover:

  • knowledge and intellectual abilities
  • personal effectiveness
  • research, governance and organisation
  • engagement, influence and impact.

We ensure these areas are covered by running around 350 workshops and activities each academic year to develop our postgraduate researcher's professional and research skills. This is comprised of formal learning opportunities, structured activities to practice and develop skills, and activities to broaden and enrich researcher experience.

In addition to courses we also enable researcher development through a number of other opportunities such as: