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Researcher Development Programme

Supporting the development of PhD students and early career researchers. 

The Research Development Programme is organised by the Graduate School at the University. Revised and updated on an annual basis, the programme provides comprehensive, multi-disciplinary research training for all post-graduate researchers and our academic staff including early career researchers. The wide variety of range of workshops and online resources, mapped against the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF), are delivered by our highly experienced academics working at the University of Suffolk and external speakers.

From ‘Getting started on you PHD journey’ through ‘Surviving the viva’, we typically offer over 60 different sessions on an annual basis and cover everything from methodological frameworks, to data analysis, data compliance and ethical integrity. We ensure that we are meeting the needs of all our research students through working in close collaboration from our PGR community, listening and responding to their feedback and training needs on an ongoing basis.

Students and staff can view the calendar and register your attendance at workshops via LibCal here


Student and staff evaluations from the Researcher Development programme workshops:

“Excellent presentation; it was an extremely interesting topic; very knowledgeable presenter”

“Obviously knowledgeable speaker, interest was held; clear and concise presentation which stimulated good Q & A. All good, it was a very informative session”

“Helpful: pertinent and engaging, humour, well-paced, willing to diverge if necessary; recommend: having access to content afterward”.

“Very clearly explained and opportunity for question clarification; presented key information with clarity and relevant to the context of University staff and students; extremely informative’.

Current programme:

Researcher Development Programme 2021-22

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