At Stirling we have a great range of resources to support our staff including opportunities specifically targeted at researchers as well as training which is open to all.  We also have access to a range of external on-line materials, and aim to let you know about any useful/interesting resources which we discover as well.

What are these resources, and how do you access them?

Firstly (because it’s what I do!) we have the Researcher Development Programme.  This is a series of face-to-face events covering a range of topics all relevant to researchers, and includes the Research Bites sessions which are led by colleagues in Information Services.  For 2017-18 the programme will be organised into 5 strands, which I hope will help you to identify your training needs more easily.

The strands are:

  • Academic skills/knowledge
  • Creating your personal profile
  • Leadership
  • REF Readiness
  • Research Bites

You should register for courses in advance, and all sessions will be listed here.

What other training/development opportunities are there at Stirling?

Lots! Colleagues in Human Resources have a fantastic range of training which is open to all staff.  This is available via Academic Development or the Staff Development pages.

Academic Development have developed a really great set of programmes, including the accredited PG Cert for Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, a wide range of associated workshops, and of course the annual Learning & Teaching Conference (next happening 18th April 2018). There is a handy Calendar of Events here:


Staff Development have a real wealth of sessions on offer, and I’d encourage you to have a look – sessions are organised into a range of topics including:

  • Professional Effectiveness
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Health & Well-being.

You can also participate in an Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) course, apply for Aurora, or do a Mindfulness course.

Did you know that the Careers and Employability Service has resources and support available for researchers?  Have a look here

Other than face-to-face, what support is there?   There is a lot of on-line material available.  One of my actions for the coming year is going to be identifying new online resources for researchers, so I’ll keep you posted.  In the meantime, some great sources of information are the Fast Track Impact Resources there are podcasts, templates and examples of good practice – really worth a visit. You might want to follow them on twitter too @fasttrackimpact and I’m pleased to announce that Mark Reed will be coming to Stirling to deliver his session ‘Research Impact In Depth’ in January, so look out for that.  If you follow me on twitter @KMR_StirUni then I will point you in the direction of many more great blogs and resources.

The team in Research & Innovation Services have worked their socks off to create some resources for you to use – we have a very lovely, shiny website and you can get help on the Funding Lifecycle or information on Research Integrity and lots more besides.  We have some researcher resources on Box as well with lots of really useful information around developing a successful funding proposal – have a look!

If you’ve got any questions/comments/ideas about Researcher Development, please get in touch with me