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 2022/23 Postgraduate Researcher brochure is now available.  You can download a copy here:

IAD 2022/23 Postgraduate Researcher Brochure (PDF)

Please note we recommend using Microsoft Edge to open the brochure

Courses & events

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

At a glance - workshops this month

Doctoral researcher workshops quick-glance schedule. Workshops this month and next.

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.

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 University of Edinburgh Three Minute Thesis Competition 2023

Resources for staff who support doctoral researchers

Downloadable resources designed to help staff facilitate activities and training for doctoral researchers

Training needs analysis

This is a tool designed to help you understand your skillset and map your training needs as a researcher. It is mapped to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework.  There are two versions of the form available, please use the form which suits your needs best.

Training needs analysis (Excel) - download now

Training needs analysis (Word) - download now

Related Links

Our PhD student blog: iad4phd