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Researcher Development Programme

The Graduate School

Researcher Development Programme

The annual Researcher Development Programme is open to Graduate Students and Early Career Researchers at Robert Gordon University. It is designed to support you on your journey as a member of an inter-disciplinary researcher community.

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About the Programme

RGU Researcher Development Programme is designed to support Graduate Students and Early Career Researchers as members of a diverse research community. The Programme brings together a range of existing training opportunities as well as bespoke sessions drawing on the expertise of scholars within RGU and beyond.

There are over fifty workshops, masterclasses and events in the Programme which supplement and expand on the PgCert Researcher Development courses and research retreats run by The Graduate School.

The launch of the Programme in September 2020 marks a significant step in emphasising the value of research at RGU. It offers opportunities to broaden knowledge and skills as well as foster interdisciplinary dialogue as part of a vibrant research culture. All sessions running as part of the Programme correspond with themes in the Researcher Development Framework – the most comprehensive and nationally-recognised document establishing the desirable standards of practice for successful researchers.

Each session is mapped onto one of the RDF Domains:


The knowledge , intellectual abilities and techniques to do research.


The personal qualities and approach to be an effective researcher.


The knowledge of the standards, requirements and professionalism to do research.


The knowledge and skills to work with others and ensure the wider impact of research.



All events can be booked individually as they become available.

Upcoming workshops


Regular Sessions and future events


  • Research Power Hour
  • Quick Cross-disciplinary Colloquium
  • Shut Up and Write
  • KnowHow to SearchSMART
  • KnowHow to Reference: Harvard
  • KnowHow to Reference: RefWorks
  • Data Management Planning for Postgraduate Students and ECRS
  • What is the Point of Metadata?
  • Getting Started with Worktribe
  • Managing and Sharing Research Data
  • Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance
  • Academic Publishing and Peer Review

Spring 2021

  • Three Minute Thesis
  • Scopus
  • How to Write a Great Research Paper and Get it Accepted by a Scholarly Journal?
  • Understanding Research Metrics and Indicators
  • Introduction to ECR Funding
  • Funding Journeys
  • Lay Summary
  • Funding Drop-In Clinic
  • Research Integrity
  • Spotlight on Personal Effectiveness
  • Spotlight on Resilient Leadership


For further details, feedback and future workshop suggestions, please contact the Research Training Coordinator:

The Researcher Development Programme is available to download:

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