Researcher Development Framework

Supporting researchers across all stages

As part of our ongoing staff development framework we are offering a series of support mechanisms aimed at different stages of your research career, which include training workshops and community events to help develop your research skills at every level.

The framework

See below to identify which part of the framework best applies to you. The categories - emerging, established experienced - will help you choose the best sessions to attend. Some will be useful for more than one level so you will see those sessions repeated.


Emerging researchers may be at the earlier stages of their research journey. This could include: PGR students, New Post-Docs, New to research, First Publications, Co-I bids.


Established researchers have more experience when it comes to research practices and may come under the following categories: Late Post Doc, New to SIGRES, Band 1, First PI bids.


Experienced researchers will have taken part in several projects and initiatives and may fall under the following classifications: Band 2-3 SIGRES, grant holders and Centre Leads.

Researcher training

Research integrity

The Research Integrity Training (provided by Epigeum) will develop your understanding of the key principles of research integrity and responsibilities required of researchers throughout the research process – from planning projects, through to data collection and analysis, and dissemination of findings. Throughout the modules you will see links to BCU policies and guidance on the various topics covered in the training.

The training is for doctoral students with training for other levels to follow soon.

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Open Access

To help staff understand the process of uploading to the repository, a range of training resources have been created, including instructional walkthrough videos and downloadable resources.

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Doctoral Supervision Training

Between supervisor development training provided by the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, and Community of Practice Training accredited by the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), staff have many opportunities to provide the best support to students.

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Book your training via iCIty

Sessions including writing papers, turning ideas into projects and bids, evidencing impact and taking the lead as a principle investigator. You can also find standard training from across the university, including open access sessions, research integrity training and more.

External Training Highlights

Training, seminars and workshops from external companies, organisations and funders that will help you develop as a researcher.

  • British Academy Training - Early Career Research Network

    This training for emerging researchers, provided by the Birtish Academy covers a range of topics from diversity in acadmia to planning for research impact.

University External Project Assurance Team

The External Project Assurance (EPA) team, provides advice, guidance and practical assistance concerning all aspects of developing, submitting and running externally funded projects. We are here to help you to ensure the successful delivery of your overall project objectives to both the funder and the University.