Research Career Development

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Research Career Development (RCD) training brings together professional development activities for research staff at all stages of their careers.

The RCD programme provides training opportunities for The Open University’s research staff including: Post Docs, Early Career Researchers, Research Assistants/Associates/Fellows, as well as the supervisors who supervise doctoral research students.

The RCD programme currently offers:

  • Supervisor Training & Development Workshops and Forums
  • Third Party Monitor Guidance
  • Research Ethics & Integrity
  • Employability & Career Development (within and beyond academia)
  • Research Design and Analysis (includes NVivo & SPSS training)
  • Communicating Research (Poster Design, Presentation Skills & Data visualization)
  • Publishing and Media Training
  • Gender Equity Workshop Webinar Series

The RCD programme of training for researchers fits with the priorities of the Concordat and is regularly reviewed and updated.

See the list of RCD events that are open to the OU's research staff here.

Research Career Development Concordat

The Researcher Development Concordat is an agreement between stakeholders, i.e. employers of researchers and research funders, to improve the employment conditions and support for researchers and researcher careers in higher education in the UK.

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Research Career Development Resources

Research Career Development provides a range of key resources and information which are only accessible to staff of The Open University.

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Research Career Development FAQs

We have provided a list of frequently asked questions to try and troubleshoot any queries you may have. If you can't find the answer you are looking for please contact us.

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