Training and Development

The University has a dedicated team employed to deliver support and resources required by researchers to help them excel in their research, and to facilitate their personal and professional growth.

Comprehensive research training and development opportunities (areas such as research success, impact, strategies and scientific writing) are available. The University also supports the funding of specialised training.

Principal Investigator development programme

The University provides intensive training for new and aspiring principal investigators. Participants self-nominate with support from their own PI and undertake an eight month development programme focusing on research team leadership, people and project management, strategic planning, funding and research assessment.

Research Staff Career Pathways Framework

The University supports an overarching Career Pathways Framework (CPF) for research staff which builds on the successful pilot of a Career Pathways Scheme (CPS) in Medical Sciences. The CPF is an aspirational framework for career management and has been developed as a means of assisting research staff in planning their career development activities to support their future career aspirations.

Mentoring Scheme

In this scheme academics act as voluntary mentors. Many of our research staff have spent at least one day over the past 12 months participating in coaching/mentoring activities as a result of the scheme, and a similar number have engaged in coaching, mentoring or action learning.

Further examples of how Newcastle University supports researchers:

Postgraduate research study

A research degree can provide a route into an academic career. It can also open opportunities in commercial research and development, consultancy, or lead to your own business.

You can undertake research to contribute to knowledge of your subject, develop your employability by gaining project management and analysis skills, or work on projects with industrial partners. Your work involves the sustained and in-depth study of a specific topic, and the presentation of supervised research in the form of a thesis.

To complement our research programmes, we invest in our library and computing facilities as well as enhancing our research support to enable our postgraduates to meet to generate ideas, foster networks, develop new projects and socialize.

Further information about all our research degrees plus details of funding, training, and life in Newcastle.