Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Doctoral researchers

Transferable skills and career management training, resources and support for researchers completing a doctorate.

The 2016/17 Postgraduate Researcher brochure is now available.  You can download a copy here, or you can contact the IAD to request a hard copy version.

IAD 2016/17 Postgraduate Researcher brochure (PDF)

Courses & events

Information on our training courses and events for doctoral researchers, including course details, eligibility, and how to book.

Advice & support

Advice and training suggestions aimed at different stages of your PhD, plus useful guidance and contacts.

Newsletter for PhD researchers

Our newsletter, blog and Twitter for doctoral researchers and a link to the Vitae Researcher Bulletin.

Career management

Information and advice on how to plan your career and develop the skills you will need now and in the future.

Networks & forums

Suggestions for finding networks and forums within which to engage with other researchers.


Get funding to run your own development initiatives, support further research, or start up a business.

International 3 Minute Thesis competition

Information about the 3 Minute Thesis competition in general and for individuals interested in entering.

Training needs analysis

We have developed a resource for RDF-based skill mapping. The ‘Training Needs Assessment’ spreadsheet has been designed to allow you to identify your current skillset and plan your future development as a researcher’

Training needs analysis (Excel) - download now

Related Links

Our PhD student blog: iad4phd