Researcher development for staff

Navigating covid-times: a workshop series for research staff

Restarting experimental work – ensuring that you get the best from the time available (Robin Henderson)

As restrictions ease but things remain uncertain or disrupted, it is likely that you will have been able to get back to doing some experimental work. However, restrictions might mean this needs to be planned and structured in very different ways to what you are used to. These two workshops will be co-designed with participants using a pre-workshop survey, to look at how you can make the best of challenging circumstances. We will create an environment where you can:

  • discuss tools, technology and methods to enable planning and juggling of activities over the next few months
  • have an opportunity to discuss the specific challenges that you face in undertaking your research work
  • be able to learn what is working for other researchers and share ideas for supporting your return to experimental work.


Part one: 28 October 2020 (14:00 – 16:00) and Part two: 1 December 2020 (09:30 – 11:00)


Part one: 5 November 2020 (10:00 – 12:00) and Part two: 8 December 2020 (14:00 – 15:30)

SIGN UP HERE 28 Oct/1 Dec  Or SIGN UP HERE 5 Nov/8 Dec


Navigating Uncertainty during COVID times (Desiree Dickerson)

 Academic life is a precarious one for many. COVID has exacerbated this experience significantly. Learn how to:

  • Give yourself permission (to be where you are and feel what you feel!)
  • Navigate uncertainty and worry.
  • Make micro-changes to maintain a solid emotional and mental foundation.
  • Fill your bucket when life is constantly emptying it.

Date: 29 October 2020 10:00 -11:00  SIGN UP HERE


Shifting the spotlight (Desiree Dickerson)

This pandemic has brought many of our work and lifestyle choices into sharp focus. People are starting to question their purpose and where they find meaning in their lives. In this webinar, we explore:

  • Using our values as a compass.
  • Identifying and playing to our strengths.
  • Shifting the spotlight, seeing the light in the cracks.
  • Connection in a time of isolation.
  • Supporting others.

9 November 2020 10:00 - 11:00 SIGN UP HERE

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

Planning your professional development online course for researchers (opens in moodle)

Remember that Linkedin Learning has lots of useful content in this area. 

Research governance and organisation

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

Publishing Support


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. 

Getting started as a new researcher

Early-career researcher networks at UofG