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Researcher Development Programme

Strathclyde's Researcher Development Programme (RDP) offers a range of courses, workshops, events, tools and resources to support your personal and professional career development beyond your discipline area. 

The RDP Handbook 2019-20 is now available! For a full list of our training opportunities, and to book your place, please visit the Development and Training Gateway.

It is recommended that researchers should take part in two weeks of transferable skills training a year, which covers skills that are non-discipline specific such as training in enterprise or public engagement.  All research students registered on the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development can undertake RDP training  to contribute to their credit requirements.

Please note this timetable will be updated throughout the year, but we'll let you know via Twitter, Facebook, and  our monthly newsletter GradNews when changes are made.

Professionalism and Etiquette 
We work hard to provide high quality training and development opportunities for all PGRs.  Our courses are regularly oversubscribed but still there are students who register but do not attend which means a place on the course is wasted.  We are now monitoring attendance closely and will email supervisors of students who are registered and do not attend.  Repeated non-attendance will result in individuals being blocked from registering of RDP courses for 3 months.
On a similar note, being late and/or leaving early is not acceptable.  The facilitator may refuse entry to latecomers and students who disrupt courses by not observing the course timings or who do not return after a lunch break will be recorded as a non-attendance.  The same policy describe above will be applied.


Postgraduate Researcher Induction

The next PGR induction event will take place in April 2020 - details to be confirmed.  Please register via our online booking system. (Please note that when accessing the booking system off-campus, you will need to prefix your username with DS\)

 You can post any questions in advance of, or during, the event to our Twitter account @StrathRDP #StrathPGR or you can email the RDP team for further information.


Our last session was held on 10 October 2019.  Here's the programme with links to the slides.


Welcome Professor Kerr
What to expect - a supervisor's perspective Dr Matthew Alexander
What we wish we'd known Esraa Karam and Lewis Hill
Your student life Dr Stephanie Colvan
Research and research integrity Dr John Liggat
Developing as a researcher Dr Campbell Reid
Systems and support Dr Gabrielle Milson
Doctoral Researchers' Group Esraa Karam, Lewis Hill, Stephen Ugwuanyi, Sissi Lehto 





Book Courses

Find out more detail about all of our internal courses, and book your place using the University's online booking system.

Calendar of Events

Flagship Initiatives


Images of Research

Images of Research is our annual competition for Strathclyde's research talent to showcase their pioneering work through an eye-catching image. We are now requesting that participants register their interest to take part in the 2019 competition. Further information can be found via the Images of Research webpage


Becoming an Engaging Researcher

Becoming an Engaging Researcher is a highly interactive module which consists of a core, introductory workshop ('Engage!'), followed by the option to specialise in a number of public engagement workshops. The course aims to help participants understand the importance of public engagement in the research environment, discover new routes to engagement, and develop a number of techniques to engage the public. 


Three Minute Thesis  (3MT) Competition  

The Three Minute Thesis Competition is an international public engagement activity which aims to celebrate the exciting research conducted by PhD students. More infomation on the University of Strathclyde competition can be found on the 3MT website.  

Strathclyde Enterprise Pathway

Strathclyde Enterprise Pathway is a fully funded, intensive skills development programme designed to provide participants with a clearer understanding of entrepreneurship, why it is important as a researcher to be enterprising (both within and outwith academia) and instil entrepreneurial confidence. Further information can be found via the Strathclyde Entperprise Pathway webpages.

PG Essentials

PG Essentials (PGE) is a 12 week course aimed at equipping all first year PhD students with the essential skills needed to make the best possible start to the PhD.  In addition, it’s designed to help you plan for research, and personal and professional development. 

PG Essentials is delivered between October - January AND February - May each year. All new postgraduate research students will be automatically enrolled on the PG Essentials course closest to their registration date. 

If you would like to check if you have been enrolled, please look for your classes in Myplace. If you have recently joined the University and would like to enrol on this course, but haven't been yet, please email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Training

Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Training (KIT) is a three day residential programme designed to introduce principles, concepts, tools and techniques of knowledge exchange and innovation management to Strathclyde research staff and students, delivered as part of the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account. Further information can be found via the KIT web pages.