Researcher Development

Kent programmes

Researcher Development Progamme

The Graduate School coordinates the Researcher Development Programme at the University of Kent. The training is linked to the four components of the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF):

  1. Knowledge and intellectual abilities
  2. Personal effectiveness
  3. Research governance and organisation
  4. Engagement, influence and impact

The Researcher Development Programme is designed to equip researchers with a full range of skills which will improve their effectiveness as researchers, and ensure that they are not only highly qualified but employable in a variety of careers. An advanced training programme is also available.

The Unit for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching (UELT) PGCHE programme includes the optional module `UN812 Developing as a Researcher in Higher Education’. This module offers existing researchers the opportunity to develop and enhance the understanding and skills required for a successful research careers in a university, as well as a forum for the recognition, discussion and resolution of problems encountered doing research in higher education. Contributors to the module are drawn from different disciplinary areas across the University. The module explores the policy framework of research, the mechanisms used to assess research quality, and the structures and networks through which research funding is distributed. The researcher’s own role in developing successful research is explicitly acknowledged through sessions on grant applications and reviews, and on the varied disciplinary practices of dissemination and publishing. Participants are encouraged to review their own practice and to consider future strategies for developing research careers.  Key themes of this module include:

  • The academic as researcher: career patterns, disciplinary and interdisciplinary practices and the varieties of research career
  • Planning, writing and managing research funding bids
  • Grant applications and the review process
  • Research policy: funding, quality and ethics; UK government research policy and the Research Evaluation Framewor
  • Dissemination, publishing and engagement; the "impact agenda"
  • Skills development and career planning

For information about eligibility, the application process or the programme, please contact the UELT Programme Administrator .


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Excellence in practice

Research Services leads on support for excellence in research practice.  This includes guidance on ethics and governance and the Kent Peer Review process. 

The Grants Factory programme of events provides Kent academics and researchers with the inside knowledge on how funders work and what makes them tick. As a result, those who attend have a much better chance of success. The programme speakers are colleagues from Kent and elsewhere, including those who work as reviewers, panellists and officers for the funders.

Other Research Services support for excellence in research practice includes the Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) and the Research Services newsletter

Recent ECRN programmes have included `How to Win a Postdoctoral Fellowship’; `Getting Published’; `Coping with Rejection’; `Using Social Media to Support your Career’; `Alternative Funding for Research’; `Balancing the Conflicting Demands of Academia’; `Planning your Career’ and `Getting Recognition: Promotion & Pay at Kent’.

The Sage `Success in Research’ series covers `Developing Research Proposals’; `Publishing Journal Articles’; `Presenting Your Research’ and `Achieving Impact in Research’.

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Training for researchers who will also be undertaking a teaching role is available from the Unit for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching.

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Research & innovation

Training to support research and innovation is provided by Kent Innovation & Enterprise (KIE).  Through KIE you can access the Enterprise and Impact Training course and join the Kent Enterprise and Impact Network (KEIN).

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Information Services provide extensive resources to support research.

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Transferable skills

The Researcher Development Framework and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers highlight the need for researchers to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse, mobile, global work environment. The Employability lens on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework highlights the transferable skills typically developed by researchers that are most frequently desired by employers.  You may find this helpful for identifying key transferable skills.

Several programmes as the University support the development of transferable skills.  Transferable skills are also addressed in the University Developing Management Skills (DMS) course.  DMS supports the development of critical management skills for staff at grades 6 to 7 who supervise or manage teams or aspire to move into a management role.  Management skills are transferable to other roles within and beyond the University environment.  For information on the schedule of these events please see the Learning and Development Calendar.

You may also find the careers and employability information helpful for identifying key transferable skills.


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Faculties & schools

Faculties and Schools provide full programmes of researcher development and training. These can be accessed through the links below.  Please have a look at the programmes available across all Faculties and Schools. If you see a programme that is run by another Faculty or School that you would like to join please contact the organisers of that programme.  If you think a programme from another Faculty or School could be offered on a University-wide basis or be adapted for your Faculty or School please contact us.  If you think that a programme from your Faculty or School could be offered on a University-wide basis please contact us.  

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Last Updated: 22/09/2015