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Researcher development & training

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Dr Andrew Rawnsley
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Teesside University researchers are offered a range of opportunities for researcher development and training. Central support is provided by Research and Innovation Services (research students and research staff), the Learning and Development Team and the Department for Learning Development (research staff).

All our support is aligned with important policies and guidance used across the UK to ensure that researchers are enabled to assess their training needs and attend training and development sessions which allow them to build their knowledge and skills to a high level. We also offer specialist advice and referral to external provision of training if required.

Teesside is committed to use of the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) developed by Vitae. The RDF is a significant approach to developing world-class researchers. It identifies the knowledge, behaviour and attributes of successful researchers and helps them to maximise their potential and get the most out of their career by developing these attributes.
More information about Vitae and RDF resources

Training events listed on these pages refer to the relevant RDF domains allowing researchers to see what areas of research activities and skills are developed by attending specific training sessions.

Careers Services

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

Research events

The university holds a wide range of research events for staff and students.
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Postgraduate Research Student Training

Training needs analysis

All students accepted for a research degree will have already completed a self-assessment of training needs as part of the application process. On arrival at the University, you will have the opportunity to reflect further on your training needs as part of the Graduate Research School Induction. You will then undertake a more comprehensive analysis and reflection on your training as part of the progression process at the end of the first year. In order to conduct a training needs analysis, you may find the Researcher Development Framework helpful.
Download the RDF and information about the RDF (pdf - 585kb)

Introduction to research: Graduate Research School induction

A one-day programme offered three times annually to coincide with each entry cohort, this training covers: an introduction to the University as a place of research; presentations by staff across the University who provide services or advice to researchers; an overview of training and good practice; and networking and discussion opportunities. All research degree students must complete research induction as a requirement for progression to the second year of the degree. [Relevant RDF domains: B1; B2; B3; C1; C2; D1; D3]

Initial research training

Taken in the first year and offered three times annually to coincide with each entry cohort, this training covers the basics of starting a research degree: project management; definitions of research and academic criteria; epistemological and methodological issues; and academic presentation. Initial training is a requirement for progression to the second year of the degree. [Relevant RDF domains: A1; A2; A3; B2; C1; D2]

Library subject specialist research training

All new students must meet individually with a subject-specialist librarian to cover the essentials of information and source management during a research degree. It also offers the important opportunity to meet the subject specialist in the library who deals with your subject area. Topics covered included database and literature searching; copyright issues; open access; and other topic-specific issues. All research degree students must complete this session as a requirement for progression to the second year of the degree. [Relevant RDF domains: A1; C1; D2]

Continuing research training

This is taken during the mid-stage of the research degree and covers typical problems encountered as research projects become more focused. This involves topics such as academic writing, presentation, and further theoretical reflection on the process of research. This session is optional. [Relevant RDF domains: A1; A2; A3; B2; D2]

Completion training

Research completion training is taken during the final stages of the degree to address further needs in academic writing and editing; preparation for submission, proofing of the thesis and viva examination. This session is optional. [Relevant RDF domains: A1; A2; A3; B1; B2; C1]

Other optional training sessions

Academic writing and editing for research. [Relevant RDF domains: A1; A2; A3; D2]

Academic presentation for researchers. [Relevant RDF domains: A2; A3; B1; D2; D3]

Research ethics in-depth. [Relevant RDF domains: A1; A2; B1; C1; C2]

Basics of research ethics. [Relevant RDF domains: A1; A2; B1; C1; C2]

Research integrity: what is it and why does it matter? [Relevant RDF domains: A1; A2; B1; C1; C2]

Specialised, subject-specific training can be found on the main research events listing:
Research events

Training in business and enterprise, can be found on the business events page:
Business events
[Relevant RDF domains: C3; D1; D2; D3]

Other useful research student training resources can be found on the Vitae website:
Postgraduate researchers

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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