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Researcher Development

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LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform widely used by academic and business institutions across the world, and you will find many videos and courses which are particularly useful for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. You can focus on your personal and professional goals, or learn something entirely for your own interest.

To help you find the most relevant content, we have curated a list of recommended courses, organised by theme as set out in the CamRDF.

These recommendations are not exhaustive, and you will find that some courses don't speak directly about research. However, we have selected courses which we believe to be highly transferable to research environments, as well as offering a valuable perspective from outside academia.

Personal Effectiveness includes time & project management, information management, creative thinking, problem-solving, self-leadership and resilience.

We recommend the following courses on LinkedIn Learning in particular:

Time Management Fundamentals
Practical strategies for increasing productivity in three areas: developing habits to be more organised; staying mentally on task; developing a time budget.

Project Management: Solving Common Problems
Practical strategies for balancing the four main constraints of project management: people, time, quality and cost.

Creative Thinking
Explore different ways to develop your creativity and overcome barriers to being creative, whether individually or as a team.

Take a More Creative Approach to Problem-Solving
How do you get "unstuck"? Concrete tools for solving problems based on insights from startup incubation, comedy writing and design thinking.

Leading Yourself
When do you need to be leading yourself? Learn how to track your goals, take charge of your own development, and even give yourself a performance review.

Building Resilience
Where are you on the resilience scale? Find out, identify where you want to be, and learn strategies to close the gap.

Engaging Others includes writing & presenting, teaching & supervision, collaboration & teamwork, and leadership & mentoring.

For teaching and supervision, your first port of call should be the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

We recommend the following courses on LinkedIn Learning in particular:

Writing in Plain English
Analyse your own writing to find out how clearly you really write, and learn how to make your writing stronger, clearer and more concise.

Master Confident Presentations
Learn the difference between surviving a presentation and delivering a confident and engaging talk your audience will love.

Teamwork Foundations
Learn the qualities of effective teams and the role you, as a member, play in creating an effective team.

Leadership: Practical Skills
An introduction to leadership: explore the qualities of a great leader, theories of motivation, leadership styles and core proficiences like effectively delegating.

Mentoring Others
Simple steps to become a mentor who works with others to achieve more in their professional lives.

Research Expertise includes research methods & techniques, broader disciplinary knowledge, ethical & legal requirements, and foreign & programming languages.

Of course many of these skills will be quite specific to your field: you will primarily develop them through training provided by your Department, Faculty or School, and by engaging in your research, attending talks and seminars, and learning from colleagues.

UIS have created six key collections in Digital Literacy for researchers on LinkedIn Learning:

  • Data Science Collection
  • Statistics Collection
  • Data Visualisation Collection
  • Data Analysis Collection
  • R for Data Science, Analysis and Visualisation
  • Python for Data Science and Analysis

  • We also particularly recommend:

    Academic Research Foundations: Quantitative
    The fundamentals of quantitative research and how to apply them: from creating a solid research question to presenting your data.

    Learning SPSS for Academic Research
    Learn to use SPSS, a statistical software package available via the University, for running and interpreting the most common quantitative tests.

    Career Progression includes applications & interviews, funding & opportunities, and proactive planning & networking.

    The Careers Service should be your first port of call for development opportunities and assistance with career-related skills.

    On LinkedIn Learning, Careercake provide some really good courses on career progression basics. For example, we'd recommend their course How to Develop Your Career Plan, which helps you to decide which careers to pursue and how.

    We also recommend the course Professional Networking, which showcases different stategies you can personalise to play to your strengths and connect with people you actually like.