Postgraduate study is a springboard to an exciting career in any number of disciplines – within and outside of academia. To help you prepare for what’s ahead in your research degree and future career, we invest heavily in your professional development.

We recognise that our research students arrive with different levels of experience so during your first month, a training needs analysis will be conducted with your supervisor to identify your areas for training development. 
The analysis is based on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF)and looks at four key areas:

  • knowledge and intellectual abilities
  • personal effectiveness
  • research governance and organisation
  • engagement, influence and impact

Once you have identified your training needs, we’ll provide the support and networks to help you achieve your individual goals. This includes effective research writing and thesis development, along with presentation skills and project management.

Visit our researcher training and development pages and Skills@Library to find out more about what we have to offer. 

Training programmes

We offer specific training programmes for researchers that cover a range of topics including ethics, project management, time management and preparing for your thesis as well as presenting your research and promoting its impact. If you’re taking on teaching responsibilities, training workshops will also be a great opportunity to establish and build on your practical teaching skills with students.


The University library offers information, support and resources to researchers on key library services such as digital publishing, bibliometrics, open access publishing and funding, the University Publications database and White Rose Research Online.

Researcher@Library provides advice on issues such as citation searching and managing research data, as well as hands-on courses on topics like improving the impact of your research. 

Research and Innovation Service

When you come to Leeds, you join a large and diverse research community with high standards.

The Research and Innovation Service encourages good practice and ethical research with advice and information on planning research to data storage and budget management – but it also offers practical guidance on writing grant applications, securing funding and the other key issues for researchers.

What’s more, it can help you talk about and promote the impact of your research – an increasingly important element in the competitive research landscape.

Training and development

Developing advanced skills and expertise to improve your research and employability is an important part of your postgraduate experience. Support for our researchers includes a dedicated Graduate Training and Support Centre, research support in the library, specialist IT support and the Careers Centre.