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Manage your development


We provide you with access to ResearchPAD, an online system designed specifically to help postgraduate researchers record their personal development and progression within their degree programme. It also allows us to monitor the activity that all of our postgraduate researchers are undertaking, and ensure that standards remain high.

Accessing ResearchPAD

If you are a BU postgraduate researcher or member of staff you need to log in via the following web address, regardless of whether you are at the university or elsewhere:

BU staff should use their normal login and password to access ResearchPAD.

BU postgraduate researchers (including BU staff undertaking a research degree) should log in using their student account and password.

If you are an external member of staff, you should access ResearchPAD via the following web address:

External supervisors will be emailed a unique username and password by their Research Administrator.

Please note: We recommend accessing ResearchPAD using either Firefox or Google Chrome, as there can be display issues in Internet Explorer.

ResearchPAD support and training

There are manuals available for postgraduate researchers and supervisors (which includes an overview of the processes for DDREs and RAs). These are designed to give an overview of the system and provide you with support and assistance if you need it.

We will also run training sessions through the individual faculties during April and May.

If you need any technical support when accessing or using ResearchPAD, you should contact the IT Service Desk.

For enquiries relating to the research degree process, you should contact your Research Administrator and for all other queries, get in touch with the Graduate School.