Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Being a researcher at Edinburgh

Information & support: Induction Support; new researcher guide; Code of Practice for the Management & Career Development of Research Staff; Researcher Development Concordat; Good practice and conduct in research; Researcher Realities day; list of networks & support services.

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.

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

As an agreement between Stakeholders, the Concordat to support the Career Development of Researchers (also known as the Researcher Development Concordat), is a document to support researchers’ career development and the research environment.

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.

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.

Researcher Realities

Researcher Realities was a 1-day online event that features 4 sessions in relation to researcher careers, funding, interdisciplinary collaborations, and being a PI.

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.