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Researcher Development for Research Staff in Science and Engineering

Thinking about your future career beyond your current research contract is vital from day one. Engaging with your development early will help you to make the right career choice based on knowledge of yourself and the sector. It will enhance your CV, help you to be an effective researcher, and give you a competitive edge.

The development opportunities we have designed for Research Staff can be accessed whenever you need support for yourself, your professional effectiveness or your career progression. You may also want to consider signing up for our 1-1 coaching.

We offer training in the following areas:

The popular FSE Teaching for Researchers (TfR) course is for early career research staff to develop understanding, competencies and experience of teaching in Higher Education.

Find out more on our Teaching for Researchers webpage.

Personal Development and Career Consultation

These 30 minute, confidential one-to-one career appointments are available to help you further your career (only one booking per 30 minutes). The services available include:

  • Discussion of career plans.
  • Ideas of future career options.
  • Personal feedback on written applications (CVs, covering letters or application forms)*.
  • Practice interviews / interview preparation.

Book here: Career Consultation Appointment

If you have any queries about these appointments please contact FSE-ResDev@manchester.ac.uk

* If you want to receive feedback on a document you need to submit this 48 hours before a scheduled appointment.

Research Essentials
Publishing Academic Papers
This workshop will help you to develop an understanding of the process of publishing academic papers, recognise ‘impact factors’ to measure the quality of each journal, and identify appropriate material for your own publications.
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Shut Up and Write
This session provides you with an opportunity to safeguard a block of distraction-free time to write. This could be a promotions, grant, or fellowship application, job applications or your CV, your LEAP application or chapters of a book, thesis or journal article - any piece of writing goes!
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Turbo Charge Your Writing
This course will teach you how to maximise your writing output and how to overcome common obstacles that reduce your writing productivity.
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7 Steps to Raising your Research Profile
This workshop will help you develop strategies for managing your online research presence.
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Altmetrics to measure non-academic Impact
Find out how demonstrate the impact your research is having beyond traditional academia. The emerging area of altmetrics offers new and powerful ways to track and report on the online attention of research.
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Lay Abstracts with Impact
This session will help you prepare and test out your lay summary which will form an important element of your future grant applications, ethics applications and are increasingly being requested by research journals to increase the accessibility of research.
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Impact for Researchers
Understanding the impact agenda can help develop robust responses to these requirements and justify additional funding to support impact generation.
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Open Access Publishing
This session will explain what Open Access is, how it benefits researchers and why it should be considered in publication strategies, as well as signposting guidance materials and support at the University.
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Overview of Reference Management Tools
In this session we will help you to be well-organised and efficient, showing you how reference management software can help store, organise and annotate references and create accurate citations and bibliographies in thousands of different referencing styles.
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Research Blogging
The workshop will provide you with a structured approach to planning, writing and curating content for a research blog.
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Getting Started with Public Engagement
This half-day highly interactive workshop will explore how public engagement will benefit you, your research, your funders and the public or community you engage with.
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School & University Partnership Initiative: Engaging with Schools
Would you like the opportunity to develop an outreach activity and engage with a local secondary school? Want to develop your outreach skills?
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Science Busking Training
This practical workshop look at how you can improve your communication skills for public engagement activities such as science busking. From style and approach, to content and delivery, this session will get you started in engaging a variety of non-specialists audiences.
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Beginner's Guide to Evaluating Public Engagement
This interactive back-to-basics workshop will encourage you to think about why evaluation of engagement is important; look at ways to get started; explore different techniques you can use; and consider what your findings can tell you.
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Masterclass in Evaluating Public Engagement
This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for you to reflect on your own practice, and consider how to maximise the value of evaluating your engagement activities.
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Wellbeing
Building Emotional Resilience on the Research Journey
Through the exercises in this course you will develop self-awareness about your own strengths in resilience and learn to apply them more flexibly.
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Wellbeing Wednesday: Exploring Positive Psychology
Each session involves a mixture of group discussion, fun hands-on exercises that will promote group and individual reflection.
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Personal Effectiveness
Developing Effective Communication
In this course we will walk through a number of strong and clear communication strategies that will help you to improve your interpersonal communication skills.
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Imposter Syndrome
How can it be that so many clever, competent and capable people can feel that they are just one step away from being exposed as a complete fraud? Despite evidence that they are performing well they can still have that lurking fear that at any moment someone is going to tap them on the shoulder and say “We need to have a chat”.
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Increasing Your Emotional Intelligence
Through the exercises in the workshop you will become more self-aware so that you can identify triggers that may hijack your performance. You will also discover how to align your intentions and your impact so that you can build strong and collaborative relationships.
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Influencing Others
This workshop introduces you to a step-by-step approach to effective influencing and managing resistance from others.
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Learning to Be Assertive
This course reveals what assertiveness really means, and how it is different from aggression, and outlines specific techniques you can use to respond to challenging situations and difficult people.
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Networking for Researchers
This course provides an introduction to networking in a safe and friendly environment. Good networking skills will make it easier to work the room, to approach senior academics at conferences, identify and make useful contacts, and to maintain them over time.
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Negotiation Strategies for Researchers
In this course you will discover the essential concepts of negotiation; how to recognise and respond to different negotiation styles, how to plan your own negotiations, and apply negotiation techniques flexibly to help you achieve optimum results.
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Time Management for Researchers
No-one has enough time, but everyone has all the time there is. This course gives an introduction to key time management techniques and tools for researchers.
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