University of Bath

Career management for research staff

Find out about development opportunities for research staff, codes of practice, induction and other support provided by the University.

Development opportunities for research staff

The University of Bath is fully committed to creating a productive, supportive and enjoyable work environment for research staff.

‘Individual researchers share the responsibility for, and need to pro-actively engage in, their own personal and career development' Concordat, 2008

To enable you to get the most out of your research activities and your research careers at the University of Bath and beyond the Academics Staff Development Unit offers a variety of development opportunities:

Development opportunities offered by other departments:

Research Associates/Officers and Research/Prize Fellows can also access researcher training opportunities and resources from the other GW4 Alliance Institutions.

We suggest that you have regular discussions with your line manager and colleagues about your development and career. Current RCUK guidelines recommend that as research staff you take part in 10 days of development activities every year. That could be attendance of seminars, conferences but also attendance of skills or career development workshops.

Improving the working environment for research staff

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers is a national document that sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders. It is a good idea to have a look at it and see what your responsibilities are and what support you can expect in return! We are fully committed to implementing the Concordat at Bath and have a regularly updated action plan. As a result the University holds the HR Excellence in Research Award.

The University has a Code of Practice for the Employment of Research Staff to create a supportive and active research culture that fosters high achievement. Research staff and managers are obliged to comply with the Code of Practice. It lists the responsibilities of the University and Principal Investigators, but also those of researchers themselves.

Departmental Research Staff Co-ordinators

Departmental Research Staff Co-ordinators are responsible for supporting the department in enacting the code of practice for the employment of research staff, and feeding back on progress to the Departmental Research Committee

Research Staff Working Group

The Research Staff Working Group represents the interests of research staff and aims to improve the working practices, skill levels, job satisfaction and career management of researchers. If you want to get involved, please get in touch.

Induction for Research Staff

As a new staff member you should receive an induction to the University, your new Department/School and your job as laid out in section 3 of the Code of Practice for the Employment of Research Staff.

The Moodle course Induction for Research Staff contains lots of information and documents useful to research staff in their first few months at Bath. You can access the course using your BUCS username and password. You can also to attend the general Introduction to the University of Bath. General information for new starters is available from the HR web pages.