Researcher development for staff

What does 10 days of CPD look like?

The Researcher Development Concordat sets out an expectation that researchers will engage in 10 days a year of continuing professional development (pro rata).  Line managers should discuss with researchers how they will allocate and prioritise CPD time. However, the researcher themselves will take the lead in identifying what is most appropriate for their own needs and aspirations.

We expect the 10 days will include a mixture of practical experiences, mentoring, exploration of careers, self-directed learning or formal ‘workshops’ or ‘training’, appropriate to the individual’s needs. This webpage is designed to give you some ideas for where you can seek out development opportunities. However, it is not an exhaustive list.

Note: where an individual in one School might see a particular opportunity as ‘development’ (such as the opportunity to gain teaching experience), in areas where this is a normal expectation for research staff, it should not be considered as such. 


Personal development

Work/Life Balance

People Skills


Research governance and organisation

Preparing for research fieldwork

  • This online course will be available in August 2020.  It signposts to practical advice, resources, policies and support as well as some first hand stories and scenarios for you to consider. Themes include risk assessments, safety, travel advice & health and wellbeing.

Presentation on 'where the money comes from to make the University work'

Managing research projects

Making funding applications

Each College has a team to support you with planning and managing research funding proposals and may offer training that is specific to the type of funder you are likely to interact with. They are often known as 'project coordinators' or 'research support' staff. 

 Managing data

Research integrity and ethics

Peer Review

Preparing for Research Fieldwork


Careers advice and workshops

The four Graduate Schools often run careers and alumni events for PGRs (September to June), which research staff are also welcome to participate in. Look out for those by email.

SUPA (Scottish Universities Physics Alliance) also have an annual careers event. 
The III NERDs network run regular careers events. 


Engagement, influence and impact

Each College also runs its own Research and Knowledge Exchange workshops

Be the first to hear about engagement opportunities and training by joining the engagement mailing list. Note that you will need to be connected to the University’s VPN if accessing this link off campus.

Teaching and supervision


Getting started as a new researcher

Early-career researcher networks at UofG