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10 Days - 70 Hours

Researchers should consider engaging in at least 10-days or 70-hours (pro rata) per year of professional development activity.

This could include (but is not limited to):

  • training in research methods and techniques;
  • training in skills that are relevant to your professional development or employability — e.g., coding skills, teaching and education skills; project management skills;
  • opportunities to cultivate independence and growth of a researcher’s profile by, for example, acquiring research funding, networking and collaboration, organising, preparing for and attending conferences;
  • training to enhance personal effectiveness – e.g., time management, self-confidence;
  • being mentored by a mentor in addition to your line manager, or mentoring others;
  • opportunities to develop  awareness and experience of the wider research system by, for example, knowledge exchange, policy development, public engagement, or commercialisation;
  • developing broader leadership and management skills;
  • contributions to the discipline’s community and to local research culture;
  • and contributing to institutional decision-making processes.


It is understood that many of these activities listed form part of a researcher’s day-to-day duties and that developmental activity may take many forms in addition to training courses.

Researchers are encouraged to keep a record of their professional development activity.

Sources of this development activity and these training opportunities can include a researcher’s local environment, the Researcher Development Team, Careers and Enterprise, and other Queen Mary training providers.


Research staff are encouraged to engage with external training and development opportunities, where they have funding available to do so. Check with your Principal Investigator as there may be funds available for training and development on the grant that supports your work that you might be able to access.


For Research Methods Training, visit the National Centre for Research Methods. They offer online and (London-based) face-to-face training in quantitative and qualitative methods, at reasonable prices. Bursaries are available for research staff.


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