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Researcher Development Programme

Researcher Development Programme - COVID-19 Update

Please note, due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and guidelines/regulations from the government and Office For Student (OfS), we are unable to offer face-to-face postgraduate training at the moment. However, for this academic year the Researcher Development Programme will be delivered online through a combination of blended-learning lectures and workshops delivered by City staff either via Teams or Zoom. In addition, you will be able to attend training and development opportunities offered by external partnerships online, or as stand-alone self-directed online modules.

Coronavirus: Guidance for Doctoral Researchers

If you are a Doctoral Researcher who is returning to campus for face-to-face teaching or lab work, please take a look at our short video which outlines the additional safety measures we have in place to keep you safe while you are on Campus. In addition, we have a dedicated webpage Coronavirus Guidance for Students and Staff which provides regular updates.

The Doctoral College Researcher Development Programme has been mapped against The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) and aims to meet your needs at different stages in your research. Using the RDF model and engaging with the Researcher Development Programme, will enable you to conceptualise and identify key areas for professional development such as knowledge and intellectual abilities (Domain A), personal effectiveness (Domain B), research governance (Domain C) and engagement, influence and impact skills (Domain C). The range of lectures, workshops and self-directed online courses available within the Researcher Development Programme will enable you to identify goals, aid self-reflection and help you to better present your skills and experiences to enhance career opportunities. In the timetable below, you can see examples of sessions which have been mapped against these 'key domains'.

In addition, very soon we will be launching PhD Manager (October 2020) which will allow you to search and identify development opportunities that are being led and delivered by both academic staff within City, as well as colleagues within Professional Services Teams i.e. Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD) and research support via Library Services. You will also be able to create your bespoke Training Needs Analysis, that further embeds the Vitae Framework into your research management.

We also communicate training and development opportunities, mental health resources and career development opportunities on a weekly basis via the Doctoral College Team site, also bookable via PhD Manager from October 2020.

Autumn 2020 Timetable






OnlineIntro to The Researcher Development Programme (RDP)  and The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF)  (Doctoral College, Nadja Abia)All domains
27/10/202014:00- 5:30Working with Your Supervisor - Expectations (LEaD) Led by Professor Pam ParkerDomain B (B1-B2)
Domain D (D1)
VariousVariousStrategic Literature Searching Techniques (Library Services)Domain A (A1-A3)
Domain B (B1 -B2)
Decolonizing the curriculum: developing an anti-racist agenda in sociology. Dr Mónica G. Moreno Figueroa (University of Cambridge)
Domain A (A1-A3)
Domain D (D1-D3)

Academic Writing Skills (LEaD)

Domain A (A1)
Domain B (B1-B2)

Getting the most out of your MPhil/PhD training: A student perspective. Nhlanhla Ndebele (City, University of London)

All domains

Further Information

Please note that the training courses listed are not an exhaustive list. You will be provided with a list of mandatory training as part of your online induction (October 2020), in addition to receiving a complete list of 2020/21 Researcher Development Programme courses.

For queries relating to The Researcher Development Programme, timetabled sessions or booking information, please contact Nadja Abia on: