Research Staff Development

Career Development

Image of students walking along the entrance atrium of Bridgeman Building, home to the Careers Network.

Research staff are welcome to book a careers appointment with a member of the Careers Network team.

Career Coaching appointment - to discuss career options - what next after the end of your contract, your next career move or transition

Careers Advice appointment – for a CV or application review

Interview Coaching appointment – if you have been invited to attend an interview and would like some support preparing.

Appointments can be made by telephone (01509) 222765 or email  You will also need to register on our online booking system in order for the booking to be made – select the Graduates and Research Staff tab.

You may find the video below helpful as you start to consider your future career.

Career Progression Framework for Research Staff

We have a few useful downloadable tools to help you think about your career:

PDF document Icon An interactive mindmap PDF to help you look at career options (you may need to open with Adobe Acrobat to view correctly, i.e. "Save link as...")

 An interactive mindmap PDF exploring 'My career - what next?' (ditto)

 A model of the Research Career

PNG MS word icon Mapping research career development with the Researcher Development Framework

 A PDF diagram showing Vitae's Widening horizons funnel

PNG MS word icon A form for action planning

PNG MS word icon A Personal Action Plan form

More career development links

    This is a good source of vacancy information from UK HEIs. The website also includes career development resources.
  • Vitae 
    Researcher development organisation, lots of resources for research staff.
  • Prospects 
    A vacancy search engine, also provides CV checking service, interactive advice and online career coaching.
  • Graduate Recruitment Bureau 
    A job search engine online advice and job hunters toolkit feature on this website. Despite being aimed at graduates this is a good source of information and links.