Professional and Personal Development

What is available?

A wide range of workshops and development activities are provided to staff by Learning and Development.  This includes session and activities that have been designed for staff who undertake research.

New researchers will be invited to attend a central Induction event, which is an opportunity to meet with colleagues from across the University.  Please see the Research Staff Induction Guide.

Researcher Development is important to Queen’s.  As a researcher you can access support and advice in practicing your research and planning your career from Learning & Development and staff throughout the university including:

It is important that you spend time planning your professional development activity as your needs will change as you gain more experience of working in the research environment.  Many of the workshops provide opportunities to review your professional and career development needs and start to plan for your future development.  You will find details of these workshops below

Please have a look at the full staff development programme ( for the wide-range of development activities provided for university staff.

Research Staff Peer-led Methods Training: guidelines and application form


To register for a place on a training course log onto Queens Online ( then  select ‘Other’ from the list on the left of the page and then select ‘Training courses’.



Organisational Development- Learning and Development

Paul Monahan (Staff Training Officer)

Dr Lilian Simones (Careers Consultant: Researcher Development)


List of workshops

Alongside these centrally organised activities you should investigate what is happening within your faculty and schools, many opportunities to network and learn from other researchers take place within your school.  Ask your colleagues for more information.


Online resources

Nature Masterclasses

Nature masterclasses online provides training in scientific writing and publishing.  The training is delivered by Nature journal editors and aims to support researchers in writing research papers.


Professional Skills for Research Leaders (available via QOL, in the online learning section under ‘Other’)

Professional Skills for Research Leaders equips academic, early-career researchers and talented doctoral candidates with the skills needed for professional development in a higher education context. The courses provide comprehensive guidance on professional development, from identifying individual development needs through to how best to communicate research results.

Professional Skills for Research Leaders will help early- and mid-career researchers progress from where they are now to where they want to be professionally. As a result, researchers will develop their leadership, management and engagement strategies by identifying a range of opportunities to establish themselves as research leaders.


Vitae resources

Vitae supports the professional development of researchers, across the UK and Europe, providing a wide-range of online resources.  In particular visit their ‘professional development’ pages.  A good starting point is the Professional development planning for researchers’ online course (PDP ROC)

Queen’s researchers have access to these materials, but you will need to register on the website.

Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

The RDF is a tool for researchers to use when reviewing and planning their professional, personal and career development activity.  We would encourage you to use the RDF, in particular to use it as a guide when preparing for appraisal meetings and conversations about your career development with your manager and colleagues.  In order to assist you with your development planning the researcher development courses outlined below are categorised by RDF domain.