Researcher Development

Mid-career researchers

Often defined as within 5-10 years from the award of your PhD or with equivalent professional standing.


Resources on developing as a researcher are provided by Vitae. This includes a series of Vitae researcher booklets. You can also search the listing of Vitae courses and events to identify programmes that meet your needs. Many of these resources can be accessed only be registering on the Vitae website. Register using your email address for full access to Vitae.  If you have any difficulty registering please contact us.

Other resources to support mid-career development can be found in the development opportunities and careers and employability pages of this website.

The `Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers’ makes more explicit a manager’s responsibility for supporting research staff to be excellent researchers, and to make informed decisions about their careers.  RCUK have published a `Statement of Expectations for Research Fellowships and Future Research Leaders’.  You may find both these helpful in considering or preparing for a leadership role.

Research Services provide guidance on managing staff.

Training for developing a management or leadership role and for aspiring or new PIs is available through Vitae. Research team leadership training is designed for those who have recently been appointed as principal investigators or who are currently leading small research teams (up to six researchers), with responsibility for leading contract research staff and postgraduate research students, as well as technical and administrative support staff.  Please contact us to enquire about participation in external programmes.

Researcher development grants are available, based on application, to fund external training programmes.


Key links

You can also access a wide range of on-line resources and development funding links for mid-career researchers. This list will be added to over time and grouped by specialism. Please contact us with suggestions for mid-career resources that can be added to this website.

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Last Updated: 24/07/2015