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People in a staff training workshop at The University of Manchester

Training and development

We support the development of our researchers through comprehensive training and development programmes to help you reach your full potential.

Our researcher training and development opportunities have been designed to be accessed as and when you need it to support your role and career progression.

Research staff development programme

This programme provides training from the point of induction to help maximise your research output and supports the development of independent research careers. The programme provides training in five key areas:

  • research;
  • service and leadership;
  • teaching and learning;
  • academic enterprise and knowledge transfer;
  • career management.

To help you decide what training is right for you at each stage of your career, the programme has been mapped onto the Researcher Development Framework, a national framework which summarises the knowledge, behaviours and attitudes of effective and highly skilled researchers.

The programme also supports the key principles of The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and is aligned with the wider Researcher Development Agenda in the UK.

New academics programme (NAP)

This programme is part of a University wide approach to support new academics and to provide academic staff with the skills they need to carry out their research and teaching and learning duties at the highest level.

The programme is designed to be flexible and provides training in three key development areas:

  • research excellence;
  • inspirational teaching;
  • personal and professional development.

The NAP is also accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and successful completion of the programme will entitle you to become a Fellow of the HEA.