Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Courses & events

Professional development workshops for research staff. These workshops are free to all research staff.

The researcher development workshops and courses have been organised in three different ways:

  • A-Z list: contains all the workshops in alphabetical order.
  • Themes: workshops grouped by theme: induction; writing; careers; communication; and management.
  • Researcher Development Framework (RDF): workshops have been mapped to the RDF and grouped under the RDF domains.

Please be aware that each grouping contains the same workshops overall, just presented in different ways.

A-Z course list

The workshop directory provides a list of all workshops we run for research staff, plus links to an overview of other University training providers.

Induction: Get Connected Welcome Day

Get Connected: Welcome Day & Networking for New Research Staff and Academics.


A range of workshops on academic writing.


A range of workshops to help you plan and manage your career.


Workshops to help you communicate effectively in your role.


Workshops on managing the people, resources, processes and practices that enable you to get your job done.

Workshops mapped by Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

Our researcher development workshops mapped against the UK's Researcher Development Framework (RDF).

Research leader programme

Research Leader Programme for new and aspiring Principal Investigators (PIs). Typical programme structure, content and day by day outline.

Writing Retreats

Information on running your own writing retreats

Ingenious & Enterprising Women

The Institute for Academic Development are committed to supporting female researchers develop their skills and advance their careers at the University, and beyond.

Teaching and learning

IAD workshops on tutoring and demonstrating, for both new and experienced tutors.

Teaching and learning

Related Links

Research data management online course

Training courses offered by HR Learning & Development UHRS L&D offer a range of professional development workshops, and these are open all University of Edinburgh staff.  They also provide a range of services such as eLearning modules and webinars. 

Finance skills development - online video courses. Courses cover technology, business and creative skills, and include an extensive section focussing on education and e-learning.