We support the professional development of research staff in a number of ways, including through face-to-face and online courses on 9 different topics, one-to-one careers and writing support, and mentoring and coaching opportunities. Our courses are designed in consultation with research staff to ensure the programme is a true reflection of their needs. Research staff are encouraged to take 10 days of personal and professional training each year.
Professional Future Planning
Our experienced, impartial Career Consultants are available to hold one-to-one confidential appointments with research staff to discuss issues such as next steps after contracts end, maximising the prospects of finding a job within or beyond academia, interview preparation, and creating strong CVs and LinkedIn profiles.
We host two Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellows (2017-2018: Harry Ritchie and Sarah Ardizzone) who are both professional writers. They provide one-to-one appointments to assist with improving and refining writing skills in a range of areas, including:
- research articles & submitting publications
- fluent academic style
- literature reviews
- job applications
- overcoming writer’s block
- accurate grammar & punctuation
- summary skills
- correct use of idiom & register
Mentoring & Coaching
Trained staff in the CRSD offer coaching sessions to address specific short-term goals such as workload management, career direction, and personal issues. The CRSD recently launched a pilot mentoring scheme in the Health Faculties, which allows postdoctoral research staff to search for suitable mentors and request pairings to receive support with long-term goals. The scheme will be rolled out to all research staff across faculties by the end of 2018.