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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 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.

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

Postdoc Appreciation Week

PAW 2020:  21-25 September

This year, Postdoc Appreciation Week will take place on the 21st-25th September and will include both national and local events to celebrate and showcase the essential role postdoctoral researchers play in advancing current knowledge and research. The University of York is working in partnership with a consortium of UK and Irish Universities to deliver the following programme of free, online events.

Learn more about PAW and the events available 

Dates for your Diary

‘Stay Connected’ 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. Register here for a Zoom link. You only need to register once in order to attend any of the sessions.


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

Find out more about The York Researcher Conference 2020, and book your place!

"Shaping a positive culture for researchers at York"
23rd September 2020, 09:15-11:15 & 14:00-15:30, Online - book your place here

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 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 event can be found 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)


Research Staff Training and Support newsletters

Current and archived newsletters for research staff