Continuing professional development for researchers

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Dr Andrew Rawnsley
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Teesside University is committed to supporting research staff by enhancing their experience of working at the University and contributing to their career development. Initial and continuing professional development opportunities are provided by the Department for Learning and Development and the Graduate Reseach School.

Research support and mentoring is also provided by our five Research Institutes which provide an innovative interdisciplinary environment for research, encouraging collaboration within and across disciplines and engagement with a wide range of external partners. Particular advantages for our model of research provision include a focused group of research staff in areas of strength offering personal and tailored expertise. There is an institutional committment to the provision of the highest quality training and development and strong, long-standing North East regional collaborations in development and support for research staff.

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Teesside is committed to the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, an agreement between funders and employers of research staff launched in 2008 which aims to ensure that researchers are supported in their development and career progression. The principles of the Concordat are:

  • recognition of the importance of recruiting, selecting and retaining researchers with the highest potential to achieve excellence in research;
  • researchers are recognised and valued by their employing organisation as an essential part of their organisation's human resources and a key component of their overall strategy to develop and deliver world-class research;
  • researchers are equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse, mobile, global research environment;
  • the importance of researchers' personal and career development, and lifelong learning, is clearly recognised and promoted at all stages of their career;
  • individual researchers share the responsibility for and need to pro-actively engage in their own personal and career development, and lifelong learning;
  • diversity and equality must be promoted in all aspects of the recruitment and career management of researchers;
  • the sector and all stakeholders will undertake regular and collective review of their progress in strengthening the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK.

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Professional development for researchers - Vitae resources

The University is a member of Vitae, an organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through transforming their professional and career development.
Vitae resources for research staff

More information about Vitae and professional development for researchers

  Download the Researcher Development Framework (pdf - 585kb)

Graduate Research School

The Graduate Research School in liaison with the Department for Learning Development is responsible for coordinating the core researcher development programme. A number of workshops are facilitated by the Graduate Research School covering research ethics and integrity, academic writing and presentation and research supervisory training. The Graduate Research School jointly delivers a Research Leadership and Management Development Programme with the University of Sunderland.
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Initial and Continuing Professional Development

Research staff are able to access a wide range of initial and continuing professional development opportunities provided by the Learning and Development Team.

Research staff who have an element of teaching within their contract also have access to consultancy support and resources provided by the Department for Learning Development to support learning and teaching.

Careers Services

Support and resources for researchers provided by the Careers Service.
Careers Services resources

Research events

The university holds a wide range of research events for staff and students.
View all research events

Concordat analysis and action plan

Teesside University seeks to ensure that researcher development and support aligns with the Principles of the Concordat. To do this, in early 2013 an analysis of current policies and practices and an action plan based on this analysis were produced. On this basis, the University was awarded the HR Excellence in Research award. In May 2015, the Working Group set up to oversee the Action Plan conducted an internal review at the two year point following the Award. The report setting out progress and a revised and updated Action Plan are available here:


HR Excellence in ResearchA UK-wide process, incorporating the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Chapter B11: Research Degrees and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, enables institutions to gain the European Commission's HR Excellence in Research Award, acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment