Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Research staff

We provide a range of tailored workshops, advice and other opportunities for academic research staff (for example, post-docs, research fellows, research assistants and associates and technicians).

Research Staff Hub

The Research Staff Hub, supported by the Institute for Academic Development (IAD), has been created as part of the University’s commitment to the Researcher Development Concordat. 

The Hub brings together resources from across the University to support research staff to undertake their role, develop themselves and progress their career.  It contains a wealth of information on topics such as open research, ethics and integrity and research partnerships, as well as funding, health and wellbeing, and community and networking. 

View the Research Staff Hub  

Research Staff Brochure

The Research Staff brochure outlines the IAD's personal and professional development training and support for research staff.

IAD 2022/23 Research Staff Brochure (PDF)

Please note we recommend using Microsoft Edge to open the brochure  

IAD4Researchers - Researcher Development Blog

IAD4Researchers is where we’ll share experiences, promote events and courses, including careers support, update on Concordat developments, and reflect on our work supporting researchers at all stages.

IAD4Researchers Blog

Courses & events

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

Online resources

A selection of online resources and guides for research active academics, designed to support you in your role at Edinburgh.

Being a researcher at Edinburgh

Information & support: Get Connected welcome event; new researcher guide; Code of Practice for the Management & Career Development of Research Staff; Researcher Development Concordat; HR Excellence in Research Award; list of networks & support services.


A range of workshops, guides and tips to support you with your academic writing.


Workshops to help you communicate effectively in your role.

Career management

Career planning guidance, including: career management workshops, career path case studies, Thriving in Your Research Position guide, and mentoring.

Public engagement

Workshops and resources on public engagement with research.

Leadership in research

Information on our workshops; leadership support and resources from HR; the Research Leader programme; Ingenious Women; and the Scottish Crucible programme.

Good practice and conduct in research

Information on research ethics, integrity, sustainability, data management and other policies which ensure our research is of the highest quality.


Information on funding workshops, relevant IAD funding schemes, and University support for finding research funding.

Get in touch

Keep up to date with our activities, initiatives and events for researchers. Includes links to the latest IAD research staff newsletter and Twitter account.

Producing research outputs

Guidance from the IAD, and other areas in the University, to support your research outputs.

Researcher Realities

Researcher Realities is a 1-day online event that features 4 sessions in relation to researcher careers, funding, interdisciplinary collaborations, and being a PI. Researchers of different career stages will be sharing their career journeys and experiences with the aim to create more visibility for the complexities and realities of researchers’ daily work beyond outputs.