Research staff

Training and development

The University offers a wide range of training and development opportunities to enable research staff to continue to develop and extend their professional skills and knowledge.

These are delivered by several training providers, including Professional Development, the Careers and Employability Service and Information Services, as well as by the Graduate School through the Researcher Development Programme.

Details of all University training courses can be found and booked through Central Short Courses.


Researcher Development Programme

Since its creation in 1996 the Graduate School has evolved, encompassing a broad and comprehensive range of training and other development opportunities, a year round programme of events and dedicated social and study spaces across our UK and overseas campuses. We also support the professional development of early career researchers at the University.

The Graduate School's Researcher Development Programme offers training opportunities, many of which are relevant to research staff. We have compiled a tailored list, divided into the following sections:


Vitae RDF domains




Research Development Framework Planner

Researchers at Nottingham can now sign up to use the online version of the Researcher Development Framework. It is an interactive tool that helps you to manage your own personal and professional development. It not only keeps a record of all your professional development activities in one place, but helps you to identify learning and development needs.

Benefits to using the planner

By signing up for a personal user account, you can:

  • record all professional development activities in one online place
  • use the online tool to plan professional development
  • identify learning and development needs
  • print reports for discussions with supervisors, mentors, career advisors etc.
  • monitor progress against goals
  • upload additional files such as CVs, conference details, testimonials to record achievements.

You can also view the planner through a different ‘lens’ to think about your skills and needs in terms of employability, enterprise, research leadership and more.

All of the Graduate School’s training provision for researchers is mapped against the RDF.

How to get access to the Researcher Development Planner

Research staff may apply to the Graduate School for access to the RDF online planner. Your RDF planner account will remain open for the duration of your employment at the University.

Step 1: Visit the staff access request and accept the User Agreement. Your request will be processed within 7 working days from the date your access request is received.

Step 2: Once you have completed step 1, you will receive an email invitation from Claire O’Callaghan to confirm your RDF account. 

Research staff

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