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Researcher Development Programme

Researcher Development Programme

UEL is committed to supporting the personal, professional and career development of its researchers. The UEL Researcher Development Programme is a lively programme of workshops designed to meet the needs of postgraduate research students and research-active staff.

For postgraduate research students, we cover the basics like how to get started with doctoral research, how to write your thesis and how to prepare for your viva. We also offer workshops on project-management in the research environment, making the most of academic conferences, presenting your research and all the other transferable skills that postgraduate researchers need to succeed.

For staff, we offer workshops on bidding for research funding, getting published, public engagement, PGR supervision, research leadership and so on. Many of the workshops on the Researcher Development Programme are open to mixed audiences of staff and students, too, covering topics such as research integrity, speed-reading, creativity and the like.

Here at UEL we take a particular interest in the field of human wellbeing and optimal functioning, and we are at the forefront of applying the principles of positive psychology in our researcher development activity. Our flagship provision is “Survive and Thrive”, a series of six half-day workshops designed specifically for UEL’s postgraduate and early-career researchers, which covers topics such as how to enhance your sense of wellbeing, how to manage your motivation and increase your resilience, and how to get the best from your values and strengths.

UEL’s Researcher Development Manager is Dr Caroline Dunmore, who is based in the Graduate School. If you have any queries about the Researcher Development Programme, you can contact Dr Dunmore on

We look forward to welcoming you into our research community and helping to support your professional development!