Researcher Development Programme

This programme consists of workshops, specialist skills sessions, online courses, PhD researcher initiatives and personal development activities.


About the Programme

The Researcher Development Programme (RDP) offers a range of face to face workshops, online training and associated activities designed to enhance and support your professional and research skills training.


Induction for new PhD Researchers is an essential part of your PhD journey. Induction normally takes place each September.

PhD Researcher-led Initiatives

Encouraging participation, creativity and leadership among our PhD Researcher community – with the intention of enhancing and complementing the Researcher Development Programme.

Employability and Careers

Employability and Careers offers a wide range of support for PhD Researchers to access online or in the Employability and Careers Hubs on each campus. They also offer workshops as part of the RDP.

3 Minute Thesis (3MT®)

The 3MT is a research communication competition open to PhD Researchers who have passed their Confirmation Assessment (second and third years).

Shut Up and Write

Weekly focused writing sessions for PhD Researchers - in the Docs every Tuesday 10am. All welcome!

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Festival of PhD Research

Annual showcase and celebration of excellence in PhD Research.