Researcher Development for Research Staff

What can Researcher Development do for you?

Courses and Resources By Theme

Welcome and Induction

If you are a new researcher at The University of Manchester:

Communicating and Collaborating
Ran by Researcher Development
Research Impact Training Modules (ran by the Research Impact Team)

The Research Impact Team offer five research impact training modules, which are are available through the Training Catalogue. They are cross discipline and open to early career researchers (ECRs), mid and late-stage researchers and interested Professional Service Colleagues. Topics include:


Personal and Career Development


Online Resources

Academic Promotions on Research-Only Contracts –This resource is designed to:

  • outline the four sets of criteria you need to evidence for promotion
  • help you identify good practice in writing a promotion application, by offering ideas of evidence to include and through providing successful examples
  • highlight the application process and where you can access support
  • provide you with the opportunity to start to gather your evidence as you look at successful examples and read the career guidance.

This guide is predominantly focused on the promotion from grade 6 (Research Associate) to grade 7 (Research Fellow) but will be relevant to anyone looking for promotion on the research-only track. 

Career Seminar Series for Researchers – This resource is a legacy of the BMH Career Seminar Series and includes recordings of the sessions run with invited guests to talk about their careers (or career-related topics), along with other relevant resources. Topics include: CV clinic; medical writing; industry; teaching; NHS; funding bodies and project management. 

CVs for Researchers – This short module provides guidance and advice for research staff on how to develop CVs which evidence their skills for roles in a range of sectors: academic; public; charity and commercial. Example CV formats include: Academic CVs, Narrative CVs and CVs for different sectors (including skills based CVs).

Getting the Most out of Your P&DR for Research Staff – The aim of this resource is to help you prepare for your Performance and Development Review (P&DR) so that you get the most out of this important career management meeting. Working through this resource will help you:

  • reflect on your research achievements, your development needs and your aspirations for your future career
  • use a range of communication skills to ensure that your line manager is able to support you fully
  • emphasise the importance of agreeing achievable actions and provide a process for follow up and continual review
  • signpost to a wider network of support and mentorship


1-1 Career Consultations

These 30minute, confidential one-to-one appointments are available for PDRAs & other early career research staff and research staff university-wide. Services available include practice interviews/interview preparation, discussion of career plans and personal feedback on written applications (CVs, covering letters or application forms). Book here.

Bespoke Training Request

If you have a bespoke training request, please email Please allow as much notice as possible, requests made with less than six weeks’ notice prior to the event date may not be honoured.

Key Events

Research Staff Conference

Our annual conference provides an opportunity for research staff across all three Faculties to come together to hear from leaders, network and consider their development.


Postdoc Appreciation Week is an opportunity to celebrate the significant contribution that researchers make to the goals of the University.

RD Seminars

Exploring key researcher development topics with guest speakers.

Celebrating Success

Showcasing the Research Staff Excellence Award winners and highlighting the successes and achievements of researchers.

Other Development Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Apply for dissemination and collaboration and other funding opportunities.


Access career development resources on the Prosper Portal.


A postdoctoral development programme for researchers in infrastructure, cities and energy.

Translation Manchester

A network of support for the pathway to translation.

Career Hacks

A series of 30 minute online career development sessions designed for research staff.