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As a postgraduate researcher at BU, the Doctoral College Researcher Development Programme (RDP) will support you in obtaining the necessary skills and knowledge you need to complete your research degree, and the skills and attributes needed for your longer-term career ambitions.

About the programme

The RDP is complementary to your postgraduate research degree and offers you flexibility to develop your academic, professional and personal skills as and when required. Its supports you in gaining the skills needed to complete your research degree whilst also building on your transferable skills for employability, whether in academia or further afield, in an increasingly competitive jobs market.

Offering over 150 on-campus workshops, online modules and e-learning, an interactive webinar series, and a range of additional online resources, the RDP mirrors the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) which enables you to tailor your individual developmental journey.

How does the programme work?

The workshops are tailored towards postgraduate researchers and delivered by the Doctoral College, Faculty academic staff, professional services staff and external facilitators all highly knowledgeable in their fields and in postgraduate research and normally run twice per year. As you progress through your postgraduate research degree you will discover that different areas of the RDP will become important.

By mapping the RDP against the RDF you will be able to set aspirational goals, identify opportunities for further professional development, develop an action plan and articulate and evidence the transferability of your skills for your CV, in job applications and during interview in a language employers inside and outside of academia will recognise and respect.

Researcher Development Award

The Researcher Development Award will formally acknowledge those who have created a personal record of development, backed up by evidence, which is becoming a requirement for employment and integral information demanded from employers. For full details of the award criteria, to access RDP resources and to book on workshops you will need to access the Doctoral College: Researcher Development Programme Unit on Brightspace.

The Doctoral College are continually expanding our provisions and are committed to providing a high quality programme, which is suitable and accessible for all our postgraduate researchers.