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Researcher Development Programme

The Graduate School

Researcher Development Programme

The annual Researcher Development Programme is open to Graduate Students and Early Career Researchers at Robert Gordon University. It is designed to support you on your journey as a member of an inter-disciplinary researcher community.

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About the Programme

RGU Researcher Development Programme is designed to support Graduate Students and Early Career Researchers as members of a diverse research community. The Programme brings together a range of existing training opportunities as well as bespoke sessions drawing on the expertise of scholars within RGU and beyond.

There are over fifty workshops, masterclasses and events in the Programme which supplement and expand on the PgCert Researcher Development courses and research retreats run by The Graduate School.

The launch of the Programme in September 2020 marks a significant step in emphasising the value of research at RGU. It offers opportunities to broaden knowledge and skills as well as foster interdisciplinary dialogue as part of a vibrant research culture. All sessions running as part of the Programme correspond with themes in the Researcher Development Framework – the most comprehensive and nationally-recognised document establishing the desirable standards of practice for successful researchers.

Each session is mapped onto one of the RDF Domains:


The knowledge , intellectual abilities and techniques to do research.


The personal qualities and approach to be an effective researcher.


The knowledge of the standards, requirements and professionalism to do research.


The knowledge and skills to work with others and ensure the wider impact of research.



All events can be booked individually as they become available.

Upcoming workshops


Regular Sessions

  • Research Power Hour
  • Quick Cross-disciplinary Colloquium
  • Shut Up and Write
  • KnowHow to SearchSMART
  • KnowHow to Reference: Harvard
  • KnowHow to Reference: RefWorks
  • Data Management Planning for Postgraduate Students and ECRS
  • What is the Point of Metadata?
  • Getting Started with Worktribe
  • Managing and Sharing Research Data
  • Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance
  • Academic Publishing and Peer Review

Future Sessions

  • Imposter Syndrome: Why Successful People Often Feel Like Frauds?
  • Understanding and Planning for Research Impact: The Role of Knowledge Mobilisation
  • Understanding Your Audience: Elevator Pitch
  • Careers After PhD: Careers in Academia
  • NVivo
  • Early Career Researchers: Planning Career Progression Strategically
  • Moral Underpinnings of Research Ethics
  • Writing as Thinking
  • How to Avoid Plagiarism and Maintain your Academic Integrity
  • Writing as Signposting
  • Careers After PhD: Visas and Immigration
  • Writing as Narrative
  • Research Resilience and Zen Part I
  • Writing as Editing
  • Storytelling for Researchers
  • Introduction to Systematic Reviews
  • Positive Habits for your Doctorate (PhD for your PhD)
  • SPARK! Creativity Booster
  • Research Resilience and Zen Part II
  • The Challenge of Impact
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property
  • Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students
  • Careers after PhD: Industry and Commercial Careers
  • Commercialising your Research
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Data Management Planning
  • Time Management and Motivation
  • Getting Social
  • Careers after Phd: Marketing yourself to Employers
  • Presenting Confidently at Conferences
  • SPSS
  • Introduction to Policy Engagement
  • Careers after PhD: Interviews
  • Shameless Self-Promotion
  • Annual Research Retreat at the Burn: Thesis Bootcamp
  • Research Integrity
  • Introduction to ECR Funding
  • ECR Funding Journeys
  • Writing a Powerful Lay Summary
  • Three Minute Thesis Competition
  • Introduction to Scopus
  • How to Write a Great Research Paper and Get it Accepted by a Scholarly Journal


For further details, feedback and future workshop suggestions, please contact the Research Training Coordinator:

The Researcher Development Programme from 2020 is available to download as a reference:

Introduction to Teaching and Demonstrating

28 September 2021

Join us for this two-part course which will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of teaching and learning, equipping you with the skills to begin teaching and demonstrating. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme.

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Choosing your Qualitative Analysis

05 October 2021

A live question and answer session. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme.

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Why Research Culture Matters

07 October 2021

This session will unpack what we mean by ‘research culture’, why it is important, and highlight what we are doing to strengthen the research culture at RGU in the context of the University Research Strategy.This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme.

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Time for Research!

13 October 2021

As a busy academic do you feel like you never have enough time to get to your research, particularly the writing part? And that other things like students, administration, committees, emails, project management etc demand all your time? This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme.

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Enhancing Self-Awareness with POD Colours

15 October 2021

The session will give ECRs valuable insight into the power of self-awareness which they’ll be able to confidently use in the academic setting. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme.

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Networking in Academia

27 October 2021

Attending a conference is not just about presenting a paper or listening to exciting panel discussions. One of the most important aspects of conference-going is networking. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme.

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