Researcher development

This webpage contains information regarding the Researcher Development Framework, the Researcher Development Programme and where to find further information regarding research ethics, research integrity and plagiarism.

Ethics, Integrity and Plagiarism

In addition to the online modules mentioned below, there is further information on research ethics, academic integrity and plagiarism in Brightspace within the Researcher Environment module, including resources, links and a quiz to test your knowledge.

For further information on Research Ethics and Integrity, the Concordat to Support Research Integrity webpage contains:

  • The Concordat's commitments
  • The Code of Practice for Research
  • The Research Ethics and Integrity Policy and Framework
  • Annual Integrity reports
  • More information on Research Misconuct
  • Links to Research Governance in the University's seven academic Schools
  • The University's Whistleblowing Policy and Procedure
  • Useful external links to the UK Research Integrity Office and the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity

The Researcher Development Framework

A variety of knowledge, behaviours and attributes is key to a successful career, whether that be in academia or other professional environments. Success means different things to different people and it is up to you to decide what your priorities are, how you need to develop and how that can be achieved.

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is a tool that PGRs and researchers at all levels can use to help identify areas of strength, identify skills gaps and prioritise areas for development. The RDF is structured around four domains: 

  • Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities
  • Domain B: Personal Effectiveness
  • Domain C: Research governance and organisation
  • Domain D: Engagement, influence and impact

The RDF was developed by Vitae, who have developed many useful resources for researchers. PGRs in particular may find the 'Getting started in research' lens can help identify strengths and skills gaps. The RDF is worth revisiting at least annually to reflect on progress and highlight where to focus next.

The Researcher Development Programme

PGRs who identify a skills gap in a certain domain can then use SkillsForge to search for Researcher Development Programme (RDP) courses that are relevant to that particular domain. Filling out the Skills Audit document, located within the PGR Programme Guidance pages, is a useful first step towards identifying strengths and skills gaps.

The RDP offers a wide range of development opportunities, courses and training including:

  • How to write a literature review
  • Time management
  • Conference and presentation skills
  • Shut Up and Write!
  • How to prepare for your viva

These are delivered by a range of experts, including the Researcher Environment Team, University staff members and external trainers. SkillsForge holds a searchable database of the workshops on offer, session dates and booking information. For an overview of the courses offered and FAQs, download the Researcher Development Programme courses and FAQ pdf. If there is a training need not covered in the RDP or through the resources outlined below, please contact the Researcher Environment Team by emailing

The RDP offers a number of online modules available in Brightspace. Once logged-in to Brightspace, click on the Researcher Environment module and look in the Table of Contents for Online Training modules.  The modules include:

  • Research Skills Masters Programme (18 courses)
  • Research Integrity (including plagiarism); training is divided into discipline-specific areas
  • Statistical Methods in Research

You do not have to complete a full module and can scan the contents to find the elements most relevant for your needs, for example, information on how to avoid plagiarism.

Also recommended are the series of PowerPoint slides from previous courses. Once loged-in to Brightspace, click on the Researcher Environment module and look through the Table of Contents for Training materials and resources.

The RDP provides access to a series of webinars hosted by the University of East Anglia, which bring together PGRs from several institutions and allow questions at the end. Once logged in to SkillsForge search for the keyword 'online' to see a list of upcoming webinars. Topics include:

  • Academic publishing
  • Preparing and delivering seminars
  • A comparison of qualitative methods
  • A beginner’s guide to quantitative research
  • Preparing impactful research proposals and grant applications

The RDP provides access to several PGR related video guides available on the Researcher Environment module in Brightspace:

  • The Good Supervision Video (working with your supervisor, how to get the most out of supervision)
  • The Good Doctorate Video (managing your time, strategies to be more effective, work-life balance)
  • The Good Viva Video (preparing for your viva, external examiners, understanding the viva process)
  • The Good Presentation Video (choosing appropriate content, how to practice, expecting the unexpected)

You can also follow the Researcher Environment blog and Twitter feed @HudResEnv for the latest news and opportunities. If you would like to contribute to the Researcher Environment blog, contact the Researcher Environment team by emailing