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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). 

Community and Wellbeing

No sessions currently available

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

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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 postgraduate researchers, research staff, postdocs, interested academics. These events celebrate the excellent research taking place at York and to give you an opportunity to consider your career options.

In 2021, we will instead be holding our first York Researcher Festival. The festival will take place over 2 weeks and will coincide with National Postdoc Appreciation week (20th - 24th September) and the National Postdoc Conference (24th September). 

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.