Researcher Development

Key information for Research Staff


Code of Practice for the Employment of Research Staff 

We have our very own Code of Practice for the Employment of Research Staff [pdf, 63KB] to create a supportive, active, pervasive 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 are responsible for supporting the department in enacting the new code of practice for the employment of research staff, and feeding back on progress to the Departmental Research Committee.The Code has been updated in spring 2013.

Developing yourself

Current RCUK guidelines recommend that researchers 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.

Staff Development Performance Review (SDPR)

At the end of your first year of employment you should have your first Staff Development and Performance Review (SDPR). It is an opportunity for you to receive feedback on your performance, to discuss and set objectives for the coming year, and to explore and support your career aspirations. If your line manager does not arrange an SDPR, then you should ask to have one scheduled.

Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

The RDF is a professional development framework for planning, promoting and supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers in higher education. It articulates the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers and encourages researchers to realise their potential.

Researchers@bath development programme

  • The Centre for Learning & Teaching offers a variety of researchers@bath workshops and events to support the personal and professional development of research staff.
  • As part of this programme, the Careers Advisory Service offers a range of career workshops just for researchers, available through the Researcher Career Development page.
  • If you would like a confidential career development discussion, you can book a free 1:1 appointment with the Researcher Career Development Adviser Dr Anne Cameron regarding any career-related issue:
Dr Anne Cameron work+44 (0) 1225 386772 Researcher Career Development Adviser

1:1 personal coaching

Coaching can help you if you want to make positive changes to your career, work life balance or relationships. As a member of research staff you have access to free personal coaching.

Research & Innovation Services (RIS)

The RIS provides funding information, help with developing funding proposals and also offers a variety of sessions on Knowledge Transfer and Impact.

Getting involved

Research Staff Working Group

The RSWG represents the interests of research staff and its activities are aimed at improving the working practices, skill levels, job satisfaction and career management of researchers. We are always looking for researchers who want to get involved. If you are interested, please contact

Delivering skills training

To get teaching experience we offer all research staff the opportunity to run workshops on our PGSkills programme. If you would like to have more information please contact