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Continuous Professional Development for Researchers

University of Bath offers training and development opportunities for all staff who research.

Researcher Development Programme

A variety of courses and events are run for research staff.


Research staff (postdoctoral researchers, research assistants, and early career research fellows) are expected to take at least 10 days of professional development a year. We offer a variety of courses and events.

These have been designed in consultation with research staff to ensure that the programme is a true reflection of your needs.

Please note that these courses are open to all staff who research and research enablers. However, if the course proves popular, research staff will get priority.

The Researcher Development Programme for Term 1, 2022 is available to view

Research Staff Career Planning

Workshops run throughout the year.


In addition to the 1:1 support and online resources that are offered to research staff at Bath, we also run a series of careers workshops through the year.

Research Staff Careers Workshops are available here.

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

An internationally recognised professional Project Management accreditation, the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) is offered as ‘the’ introductory credential from the Project Management Institute (PMI).


All staff who research and research enablers can undertake training to become gain CAPM accreditation through Fistral Training and Consultancy. This includes four days’ formal training, covering ‘Introduction to Project Planning’, ‘Risk Management’, Advanced Project Management’, and ‘CAPM Preparation’. Please note that you must attend these courses in order.

Not sure about CAPM accreditation but would like to learn more about project management? You can attend the Introduction to Project Planning course without any commitment to complete the other courses.

Course name Who should attend* Date Time How to book
Introduction to Project Planning All staff who wish to obtain an introduction to the process of managing projects and the tools to assist in planning and tracking progress. 20-October-2022 9:30am-4:30pm Register
Introduction to Project Planning All staff who wish to obtain an introduction to the process of managing projects and the tools to assist in planning and tracking progress. 09-December-2022 9:30am-4:30pm Register
Risk Management Staff who have attended Introduction to Project Planning 17-April-2023 9:30am-4:30pm Email ab3508@bath.ac.uk with proof of previous course attendance
Introduction to Project Planning All staff who wish to obtain an introduction to the process of managing projects and the tools to assist in planning and tracking progress. 22-March-2023 9:30am-4:30pm Register
Advanced Project Management Staff who have attended Introduction to Project Planning and Risk Management 25-May-2023 9:30am-4:30pm Email ab3508@bath.ac.uk with proof of previous course attendance
CAPM Preparation Staff who have attended Introduction to Project Planning, Risk Management, and Advanced Project Management 22-June-2023 9am-5pm Email ab3508@bath.ac.uk with proof of previous course attendance

Training for academic staff

Since September 2020, all academic and professional services staff can access a new curriculum to support the development of their teaching and researcher skills.


Doctoral Supervision

Doctoral supervisors have a crucial role to play in the success of research students. While there are important regulations that you need to understand, we acknowledge that there is no single ‘correct’ way to supervise.


We have created pages provide guidance for you at each stage of the doctoral supervision journey. They include resources, with tips from other supervisors, to help you as you work with your research students, and self-reflection for you to consider how to further your knowledge of the role of supervisors within a research-led university and the pedagogy of supervision.

In addition to these resources, it is recommended that you engage with the online Supervising Doctoral Studies module, developed by Epigeum. This provides flexible, engaging training to equip both new and more experienced doctoral supervisors with the knowledge, skills and understanding that are vital to effectively supporting doctoral candidates' development into independent researchers.

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