Professional and Career Development for Research Staff, Postdocs and Fellows

The RET Team work with both internal and external facilitators to provide a comprehensive programme of training and support available under the 5 headings below. You can enrol on the majority of the staff courses listed below by accessing the University's Learning Management System (LMS) (you will need your York username and password to sign in). 

Research Management

Research Supervisor Training

Postgraduate Supervisor (Bitesize) Briefings
Aimed at those with no or very little supervisory experience and those who are looking to enhance their supervisory practice, made up of six consecutive sessions. Staff are welcome to attend as many or as few of these sessions as they would like.

1. The PhD process: regulations, policy and progression

2. Approaches and models of supervision

3. Supporting PGR student welfare

4. Information and Digital skills

 

5. Professional development and careers

6. Completing the PhD

 

IT Training

How to Use Scopus (Citation Database)

EndNote X9

Presenting with PowerPoint and Slides (available via Target Connect)

IT Services provide a range of online, face to face and one to one training opportunities for students, researchers and staff.

Events

RETT is also involved with several events that are open to or specifically for research staff. These include:

Research Staff Conference - April 2020 (more information TBC)

Falling Walls Competition - this event runs on a biennial basis and the next event will run in 2020 

PGR Supervisor Symposium - dates TBC

Mentoring and Coaching

Mentoring is available to all research staff. Paired with a colleague, the objective-led scheme provides you with the time and space to consider your research, professional and career goals.
  
Coaching is also freely availabe to all researchers. Matched with a trained coach, this focussed activity will help you to enhance existing skills, develop a new approach and progress goals.

Other development opportunities

Support for Research Supervisors

If you're a Research Supervisor, then we offer specific support for you. Our Being an Effective Research Supervisor Tutorial or BEST is an online tutorial which covers six areas of supervisory practice - each complementing our six Postgraduate Supervisor Training Sessions.

We're also proud to be part of the UKCGE Research Supervision Recognition Programme - a scheme piloted in 2019, where three University of York Supervisors were recognised for their excellent supervision.

Research Staff Conferences

Our annual Research Staff Conferences are open to all research staff, postdocs, interested academics and final year PhD students. These events celebrate the excellent research taking place at York and to give you an opportunity to consider your career options. Our 2020 conference details are TBC.

In 2019 we held two Research Staff Conferences, one for the Sciences, and another for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Learn more about our Research Staff Conferences, and watch videos from previous conference speakers

Support for Fellows

Are you a postdoc or early career researcher who is interested in producing a draft Fellowship application?

We run a Preparing for Fellowship Success workshop to support Fellowship applicants. Details of our 2020 session are TBC, but you can take a look at our 2019 workshop details here.

Training opportunities for 2019/20

Here is RETT's programme of training and development opportunities for research staff and research fellows designed to support you in developing ideas and collaborations and producing excellent research:

Research Excellence Training and Support for Research Staff and Fellows 2019/20 (PDF , 766kb)

News

Research Staff Training and Support newsletters

Current and archived newsletters for research staff