Researcher development

The Researcher Development team supports the training and skills development of academic and research staff and doctoral researchers.

We do this through a wide variety of mechanisms including the Doctoral College, Institute of Advanced Studies and CALIBRE (Research Leaders programme). 

We can help you with

Developing a doctoral community

  • Providing a cohort experience for researchers
  • Recruiting high-quality doctoral researchers
  • Advising on internally managed and external funding opportunities
  • Meeting funder requirements for training doctoral researchers

Training and development for staff

  • Accessing the right training, development and mentoring for your needs
  • Providing research staff support through HR Excellence in Research
  • Leadership opportunities through the Institute of Advanced Studies programmes
  • Signposting and support for Entrepreneurial Training

Identifying funding

  • Disseminating opportunities for Fellowships and Studentships
  • Providing detailed guidance on appropriate fellowship applications and response to reviewers
  • Coordinating mock panels
  • Proactively seeking funded opportunities for doctoral research, including regional, national and international partnerships
  • Providing funding and structured opportunities through the Institute of Advanced Studies to lead the development of international collaborations

Physical space

  • Access to the training room and Graduate Hub at Graduate House for training and events
  • Dedicated working space and collaborative working/seminar space at International House
  • Incubation space to develop commercial ideas

Further help and information

Further details about which teams can help you with your Research and Enterprise Contracts are available here.

Meet the team

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Dr Kathryn North

Head of Researcher Development

Currently on secondment from this role

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Zoe Crowson

Administrative Assistant

Doctoral College

Dr Lennie Foster

ERA Skills Manager

Midlands Innovation Partners

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Dr Rebecca Ginger

Doctoral Programmes Development Manager

AACME, Science, SBE, SSEHS and London

Katie Rushton

Administrative Officer

Doctoral College and Academic Registry

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Dr Jill Thurman

Doctoral Programmes Development Manager

SSH, DCA, ABCE and MEME (Currently on maternity leave)

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Dr Helen Tighe

Researcher Development Manager

Research Leaders and IAS (Currently on maternity leave)

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Jenna Townend

Research Policy and Researcher Development Manager

All Schools