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 leadership.
  • 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.


A range of workshops on applying for research funding.


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 Women

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

The University of Edinburgh are Vitae members

The University of Edinburgh is an organisational member of Vitae. 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. All our staff and students get full access to the Vitae website as part of our subscription as long as you are registered with your organisational email address.

Register now using your institutional email address. 

Related Links

Learning & teaching - IAD workshops and events

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.

Online Development Toolkit enable all staff, particularly those in leadership and management roles, to quickly find relevant information and practical advice to help them deal with different situations they may be facing in the workplace. - online video courses. Courses cover technology, business and creative skills, and include an extensive section focussing on education and e-learning.

Finance skills development

Prepare for Doctoral Success guide - a guide to help staff facilitate activities and training for new doctoral researchers