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Training & Development Initiatives


The Centre for Research Capability and Development is responsible for the design and delivery of research-informed training and development initiatives for early, middle, and senior career researchers. The Centre supports the development of professional research skills through a combination of workshops, digital resources, reading groups, activity-based learning, peer mentoring, and 1-2-1 support.

All our developmental initiatives incorporate the below cross-cutting strands:

  • International and cross-sectoral perspectives and engagement.
  • Responsible, equitable, and inclusive approaches to research and innovation.
  • Disciplinary, Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary working and understanding.
  • Digital capability and development.
  • To foster deep learning and to encourage researchers to critique and develop their research practice and profile, our developmental initiatives are opportunity and output focused and tailored to meet individual and team needs.

Our Postgraduate Research Development Programme, supports our doctoral students from their first day through to graduation and beyond, through a mix of seminars, workshops, events and activities. Click on the link below for further details of the opportunities available.

For our research staff, opportunity and output focussed development programmes ensure researchers develop their research practice and profile. To view all researcher opportunities, follow the Events, Activities and Programmes link below.

Developmental Pathways in Research

Aligned to Vitae's Researcher Development Framework, a suggested series of developmental pathways have been created to assist researchers in selecting training and development opportunities most relevant to their career stage and research portfolio. This is accompanied by an application-based processes that supports researchers in thinking through their developmental needs.

We recommend focusing on a single developmental strand at one time, encouraging researchers to take a “slow” approach to their professional development. This ensures researchers have the necessary time and headspace to critically reflect on their practice and to test new ways of working. All our development opportunities are cohort-based and intensive, with opportunities for interdisciplinary and disciplinary discussions.

There are four core developmental pathways: research careers, doctoral supervision, research funding, and research impact. Across the programme, participants are supported to undertake a range of different activities, including: writing research publications and grants, contributing to business-focused events, observing experienced doctoral supervisors, and developing international conferences or public engagement events.

Research Development Online

The University offers a range of online developmental modules for researchers at all stages of their career, including modules on: research career planning, managing your doctorate, research communication skills, research ethics, research impact, research integrity, research methods, and research supervision.

To access these packages, login to your Moodle account, search for the course “Researcher Development Online”, and enter the enrolment code: rdonline.

Professional Development Planning for Researchers Online Course

Coventry University is a member of Vitae and as such has access to a range of different resources through their website. Please use your Coventry University email to register. Also of particular use is Vitae’s Professional Development Planning for Researchers Online Course.