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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 Supervisor Training

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


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. Learn more about mentoring.
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. Learn more about coaching.

Other development opportunities

Dates for your Diary

‘Stay Connected’ Sessions for Researchers

Join us online every other Thursday at 4PM for a cuppa & a chat! 

We’ve created a space for all researchers (post-docs, ECRs, research staff) to stay connected with each other while working remotely. During the session you’ll be randomly allocated to a break-out room with another 3-4 people and each week we'll shuffle the groups so there's a chance to 'meet' different colleagues. Sessions are scheduled for ~30 minutes every two weeks, but feel free to drop in for as long as you like and join us when you can. You only need to register once in order to attend any of the sessions.

Register for a Stay Connected session


Support for Research Supervisors

We offer specific support for Research Supervisors. 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.


The York Researcher Conference

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.

In 2020 our conference focused on Shaping a Positive Culture for Researchers at York and the Researcher Development Concordat

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


Support for Fellows

We run an annual Preparing for Fellowship Success programme to support Fellowship applicants. The programme provides the space, time and support for exceptional early career researchers to develop a Fellowship application. It is aimed at internal and external high calibre postdocs and early career researchers who intend to submit a Fellowship application within 9-12 months. Find out more about our Support for fellows at the University of york.




Find out more about the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers


Research Staff Training and Support newsletters

Current and archived newsletter for research staff.