Research Staff Development

Development & Training

Research Staff are encouraged to develop their personal and professional skills, in line with the intentions of the Concordat.

You can book to attend a wide variety of courses in the University.

Currently, there are a number of different places to look for opportunities:

  • The Centre for Academic Practice has drawn together research staff training opportunities from across the Professional Services, this has been amalgamated into a list of the available training with links to further information and booking forms.
  • My.HR is the system for booking onto courses run by Organisationa Development and the Centre for Academic Practice, as well as other Professional Services such as the Research Office.
  • The Centre for Academic Practice offers CPD opportunities to support you in gaining recognition of your teaching through Higher Education Academy.
  • The Doctoral College provides a wide range of workshops and courses that are open to Research staff.
  • The Vitae Researcher Development Framework can be used to help you to map and monitor your current skills and skills gaps as a researcher. Vitae have developed a range of lenses to help you to focus on different aspects of researchers’ skills including Teaching, Enterprise and Employability.
  • You can access support with your English from the Academic Language Study Unit including a suite of online resources for both native English speakers and those with English as a second language.  You can also get help with your communication skills via the Centre for Academic Practice.
  • Research Integrity Online is a programme designed to introduce you to the full breadth of your professional responsibilities as a researcher, and has been designed for early-career researchers. It provides practical advice on dealing with the complex issues that can arise while planning, conducting and reporting research, with five different streams each targeted to a specific subject area. 

In addition to internal opportunities, Loughborough research staff can access resources and information from Vitae, the researcher development organisation. You will need to register on this site with your Loughborough email address.

There are also opportunities outside of Loughborough.

Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Awards

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Other links

  • European Guide to Science Journalism Training
    A comprehensive inventory of the training courses in science journalism across the 27 Member States of the European Union, as well as exchange programmes, scholarships and other initiatives supporting science journalism. The guide is designed to encourage those who wish to specialise in communicating science by increasing awareness of the wealth of training opportunities available.
  • The British Council 
    A one-stop shop for art and science events, training courses and development opportunities.
    The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.
  • Famelab
    A national competition to find the new voices of science and engineering.
  • Sciconnect 
    Science communication courses.
  • Royal Academy of Engineering
    a range of grants and prizes, fellowships and medals.
    including a STEM Ambassadors Scheme, STEMNET provides a range of opportunities and resources
  • Nuffield Bursaries 
    Opportunity to host a post-16 student placement.
  • EngineeringYES 
    Engineering Young Entrepreneurs Scheme is a competition for postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers to present a business plan for an imaginary start-up company to a group of shrewd investors and industry experts.
  • BiotechnologyYES
    The Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme is an innovative competition developed to raise awareness of the commercialisation of bioscience ideas among early career researchers.
  • ESRC National Centre for Research Methods
    a network of groups conducting research and training in an area of social science research methods. Training bursaries up to £1000 available.
  • British Science Association media fellowships
    The BA Media Fellowships are intended to create a greater awareness and understanding of the workings of the media among practising scientists, social scientists, clinicians and engineers.
  • Royal Society
    The Royal Society runs public lectures, scientific meetings and exhibitions throughout the year, many of which are videoed.
  • Newton's apple 
    A think-tank providing a new relationship between Science, Society and Politics