Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

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.

Get Connected: Induction Support

Induction Support for new research staff and academics.

Guide for new researchers

Being a researcher in Edinburgh: Beginning Your Research Position in Edinburgh. A PDF guide for you to download.

Researchers Concordat & HR Excellence in Research

About the national Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, and the HR Excellence in Research badging.

Code of Practice Management and Career Development of Research Staff

The Code of Practice for the Management and Career Development of Research Staff, and links to the processes and policies it outlines.

Networks and societies

Connect with other researchers through staff societies and / or researcher-relevant online networks.

Support services

List of some key support services from around the University that will be useful in your research role.

Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is a national framework developed for researchers, which aims to help you understand the knowledge, behaviours and attitudes expected of effective and highly skilled researchers.

Find out more about the RDF


Vitae works with institutions striving for excellence in development and career support for research staff and students.

The Vitae website [] has a wealth of resources and advice tailored specifically to you as a researcher, whether your ambition is to stay within or move outside academia.