Research Skills Training

We have a comprehensive program of training in transferable and generic research skills that is offered to all research postgraduates and links to other support provided through the Graduate School and the Institute of Lifelong Learning to aid career development.

Our dedicated Postgraduate Researcher Development Team will support your skills development in everything from planning your research, through to presenting your work at academic conferences and writing your thesis. They also coordinate annual events such as our Postgraduate Careers Symposia and the prestigious Doctoral Inaugural Lectures. A highlight of the year is the Doctoral College Week where you have the chance to share your research with employers, your fellow researchers and the public. 

You will be supported by personal supervisors. They will help you plan and manage your research, develop your understanding of relevant research methodology and build your profile within the research community. Through regular consultations, your supervisor will monitor your progress and be your first point of contact for help and advice.



Careers and Where to Begin

At the University of Leicester, we recognise that each individual has their own aspirations and vision for the future. We are here to help, inspire and guide you towards your goals, which is why we offer a comprehensive Postgraduate Skills Training Programme; all of which is designed around the Research Development Framework (RDF) and to meet the aims of the Researcher Development Statement. This outlines the core areas for skills development for you.

  • Knowledge and intellectual abilities

  • Personal effectiveness
  • Research governance and organisation
  • Engagement, influence and impact


The Researcher Development Framework expands upon these four areas, holding a wealth of information covering all aspects of professional development for you. Acquiring new and developing current transferable skills will help researchers to carry out research more effectively as well as being of great benefit in your future career.

The RDF is designed for Researchers in order to identify their own strengths and priorities for both professional and career development.

Below is the RDF Wheel in its most complete form where you can see each area of development including sub domains within each.


Vitae Resources

  • The Career-Wise Researcher - Whether you are someone who has clear career goals or someone who waits to see what happens, thinking about what you want out of your career is something you need to make time for.
  • Postgraduate Researchers - Contains information and advice on how to manage your research, yourself, and how to develop.

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For help with these web pages or to report any problems, please contact Anna Harding College Research & Enterprise Office (CREO), University of Leicester.
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