Graduate School

Researcher training and development

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Our transformative training and development unlocks your potential.

The Graduate School training and development programme empowers postgraduate students and early career research staff to develop the skills required in their research and future careers. 

We offer a range of different ways for you to gain these skills:


The Researcher Development Framework 

All of the Graduate School’s training provision for researchers is mapped against Vitae's Researcher Development Framework (RDF) which describes the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers.


Split into four domains, across 12 subdomains and 63 descriptors, the RDF helps researchers to:

  • explore all the aspects of being a researcher
  • identify their strengths
  • prioritise areas for professional development
  • write a plan, then monitor progress and success
  • have productive discussions with others, e.g. supervisors, PIs, careers advisors or other professional development providers
  • look for formal and informal development opportunities
  • prepare for one-to-one progress reviews, appraisals or career development conversations with supervisors, research managers or mentors.

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Key resources


Vitae is the UK organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education.

Preparing for your viva examination

Our Preparing for your viva examination webpage brings together details of the extensive range of viva support for students. Some provision is of the traditional workshop style, others, such as the YouTube and iTunes U is web based.

Careers Support

The Graduate School and Graduate Centres work closely with the  Careers and Employability Service to help enable you to effectively present your skills, qualities and experiences to future employers.  

Other resources

Accessibility support

Community Partnerships

Professional Development

Quality Manual

Studying Effectively



The Graduate School

The University of Nottingham
A floor, Highfield House
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Tel: +44 (0) 115 846 8400