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Researcher Development


There are many ways that you can engage in Researcher Development online, whether you are a postgraduate student or a postdoctoral researcher.


RD Live

RD Live brings Researcher Development to life with sessions featuring a specialist presentation, discussion and Q&A. Hosted by the RD team fortnightly via Zoom, each event focuses on a particular theme relevant to postgraduate students such as re-planning your PhD, funding & registration, and more.

Book onto an RD Live session.


RD On Demand

We've curated a range of resources across the themes of productive working, presentation skills, preparing for your viva, and writing skills. They include videos, courses hosted on Moodle, articles, and eBooks you can access via the University Library.

These are all available On Demand, at a time that suits you.



We have a new podcast series, #RDaudio, where experts in different areas of Researcher Development get together to discuss various topics. Episodes have centred on topics such as procrastination, communicating remotely and resilience.


Researcher Café

The Researcher Café is a fortnightly opportunity for you to step away from your research to meet and speak with fellow researchers. There's no need to book - you will receive a link via email. Cake is welcome!


LinkedIn Learning

Widely used by academic and business institutions across the world, LinkedIn Learning is now available to all University students and staff. You can explore thousands of online courses, to help you with your research, to contribute to your professional development, or just for fun!

We've drawn together some Researcher Development-focused recommendations on our LinkedIn Learning page to get you started.


One-to-One Coaching

Book a One-to-One coaching session with our expert team to discuss any aspect of your professional development: how to choose a course or make a development plan, specific questions or concerns, reflections on your online learning - you set the agenda.

The sessions are confidential, and we offer different times throughout the week for postdocs and PhD students, with new slots released every week.