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Researcher Development


Researcher Development Support

For Students

These thirty-minute (remote) sessions with a member of the RD team are intended to support you in your Researcher Development.

You might want to book a slot for any number of reasons, including discussing your time and project management, the PhD journey, your communication skills, or any other issues or concerns you may have. Please read our Fair Use Policy.

All of the Researcher Developers who hold these sessions have survived doing a PhD themselves, and understand all the ‘ups and downs’ of your PhD journey.

Email the appropriate Researcher Developer for your discipline to request a slot:


For Postdocs

The postdoc RD team are offering one-to-one meetings online for all postdocs. These meetings are tailored to your individual needs and provide an opportunity to consider and discuss a variety of topics relating to learning, skills and personal development.

Book a one-to-one for postdocs.


Students: Improve your Academic Writing

A free and confidential service to help you improve your writing skills, provided by Kate Rhodes, Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow - a professional, published author whose role is to help you strengthen your writing.

A tutorial could help you to express your ideas more clearly, focus your reading for report, dissertation or thesis writing, plan your study time, and more. You should come prepared with an idea of what you'd like to work on.

Each online session is 50 minutes, and appointments are available on Thursdays and Fridays between 9am and 2pm, during Term.

Email Kate Rhodes to book a slot.


Communication and Personal Impact

This individually-focused and confidential coaching session will help you refine your presentation skills, help you speak more confidently as an emerging leader in your research field, and develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

You will be asked to give a short presentation or excerpt at the beginning of your session, either focused on something specific you would like to practise, or just talking for 2-3 minutes about yourself and your work.

Each online session is up to 60 minutes.

Students: book a communication coaching slot.

Postdocs: book a communication coaching slot.