Researcher Skills Development Programme

This programme supports research staff to develop broad skills in areas such as research methods, writing, impact and engagement, and bidding.

All Invest in Yourself courses are for research staff and can be booked via MyLearning. Filter on MyLearning with the 'Researcher Skills' category to see our full range of courses.

Selected courses are open to postgraduate researchers (PGRs) on a shared basis with staff.

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Engagement and impact Staff Frenchay Campus

Creative methods for public engagement


  • A hands-on introduction to creative methods for engagement with facilitators Play:Disrupt.
  • The workshop will introduce practical examples, pull out the theory and explore codesign and participation approaches from other sectors and places.
  • We are currently operating a waiting list for this workshop. To register your interest, email us or join the waiting list via the link above.

Writing skills Staff PGRs Frenchay Campus Online

The writing space

  • A dedicated session for researchers to focus on their writing.
  • Work in peace and quiet, at your own pace, with the support of your colleagues and RBI.
  • Delivered online and in-person every second Monday of every month from October 2023 to June 2024, 09:30-12:00.

Research essentials Staff Online

Focus on The Research Excellence Framework

  • Online briefing to bring you up to speed on developments for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2029.
  • This session will equip you with the key information about REF 2029 and answer all your questions, big or small.
  • Delivered online on Thursday 7 March, 13:00-14:00.

Doctoral supervision Staff Frenchay Campus Online

Introduction to doctoral supervision: pedagogy and practice

  • An introduction to key aspects of the doctoral journey from admission to completion.
  • Compulsory for new doctoral supervisors.
  • Delivered online and in-person on Tuesday 19 March, 09:30-16:30 and Tuesday 18 June, 09:30-16:00.

Engagement and impact Staff Frenchay Campus

What makes for a good REF impact case study?

  • Learn what REF impact case study assessors are looking for with REF 2021 panel member, Dr Julie Woodley.
  • Relevant to staff developing or supporting impact case studies across all disciplines.
  • Delivered in-person only on Tuesday 16 April, 14:30-16:00.

Bidding Staff Frenchay Campus

Beginning your bidding career

  • For researchers new to the world of research funding.
  • Learn how to search for funding, navigate the key sections of a typical bid and understand the features of a strong application.
  • Delivered in-person only on Monday 20 May, 09:30-12:00.

Research essentials Staff Frenchay Campus

Project management for researchers (extended course)

  • An introduction to key project management concepts and techniques including a full day of practice to embed and extend knowledge.
  • Intended to be immediately applicable to planning and managing research and academic projects.
  • Delivered in-person only on 21-22 May, 09:30-16:30.

Research methods Staff Online

Introduction to NVivo

  • An introduction to the principles, functionality, and application of NVivo in the context of real-life qualitative research projects.
  • Learn how NVivo can be used from research design and literature review, through data analysis, visualisation and write-up.
  • Delivered online on 3-5 June, 09:30-14:00.