Research and Innovation Development Programme

We are committed to growing and sustaining a thriving research culture where our researchers are supported to achieve their fullest potential.

Informed by Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework, our Research and Innovation Development Programme offers an extensive range of high-quality, needs-driven training courses to support your personal and professional career development, whilst providing an opportunity to meet others and become part of our vibrant research community.

The training is free for researchers, postgraduate researchers, and professional services colleagues who work in a research environment. There is additional dedicated training for postgraduate researchers and their academic supervisors.


Contact us

Research and Innovation Services
[email protected]


Research Skills Training

  • Good Research Conduct
  • Irresponsible Research Practices
  • Planning Your Research
  • Managing and Recording Your Research
  • Data Selection, Analysis and Presentation
  • Scholarly Publication
  • Professional Responsibilities
  • Communication, Social Responsibility and Impact
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Research Involving Human Participants
  • The Care and Use of Animals in Research
  • Intellectual Property
  • Export Controls

These courses are available online and on demand. To access the courses, visit Blackboard.

  • Ethical Research
  • Research Methods
  • Transferable Skills
  • Entrepreneurship in the Research Context

These courses are available online and on demand. To access the courses, visit Blackboard.

  • Introduction: The doctoral context
  • Attracting and selecting doctoral applicants
  • Research cultures and environments
  • Managing expectations, responsibilities and relationships
  • Planning and conducting research
  • Developing the researcher and enabling progress
  • Doctoral writing and effective feedback
  • Supporting your candidate
  • Preparing for completion and examination
  • Developing your supervisory practice

These courses are available online and on demand. To access the courses, visit Blackboard.

  • Defining research impact
  • Planning your impact
  • Engagement and communication strategies
  • Evaluating and monitoring impact
  • Evidencing impact

These courses are available online and on demand. To access the courses, visit Blackboard.

  • How to Run a Successful Event
  • Research Grants Workshop
  • How to apply for external funding
  • Drafting Commercial Bids / Proposals
  • Approvals processes for consultancy, contract research and tenders
  • Project setup and reporting
  • Project closure
  • Introduction to Engagement Support and Funding
  • Introduction to Strategic Partnerships
  • Effective Marketing for Business Engagement
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property and Commercialisation
  • Fast Track Your Research Impact
  • Communicating for impact
  • Evidencing Impact
  • Influencing policy for impact
  • Evaluating Public Engagement: Developing your Approach
  • Working in Partnership for Impact
  • Introduction to Pure
  • How to Use EFAS
  • Research Data Management
  • Open Access
  • Research Supervision on the Run
  • Research Degrees Chairs and Examiners Training


These courses are delivered by professional services staff throughout the calendar year. To book a course, search under Research Training in ITrent. For enquiries, contact [email protected].

Postgraduate Research Training

  • Induction for New Postgraduate Research Students
  • Time Management, Motivation and Prioritising your Workload
  • The Literature Review: What it is and Where to Start
  • Mastering Academic Style – writing in the first year
  • Pushing Through to Year Two
  • Monthly Think: Write!
  • Finishing Up: Thesis writing, Submission and Examination
  • Viva Survivor
  • Presentation Skills: How to Get your Message Across
  • Social Media Skills for Researchers
  • Understanding Research Impact
  • Introduction to Academic Publishing
  • Navigating the Peer Review Process
  • Introduction to SPSS
  • NVivo on the Run
  • Introduction to Open Access
  • Introduction to Research Data Management
  • Grant Writing Workshop
  • Researcher Teaching Development
  • Understanding and Planning for a Research Career

To book a course, please visit PhD Manager. For enquiries, contact [email protected].