Support for Researchers


The Institute of Academic Development has a number of career development resources to support research staff with their career planning.

Building employability: micro workshop videos

A series of miniature workshops developed into short videos, based on materials drawn from already successful live workshop sessions and aimed at success in the job market.  There are four videos available, including:

  1. Career values and drivers
  2. Capitalise on your research skills to find a career path
  3. Benchmarking

  4. Creating CVs for careers beyond academia

Micro Workshop Videos

Career Conversations

Career conversations is a series of recorded interviews with people who have transitioned from university research positions to careers outwith academia.  Participants discuss their research background, their motivations for moving into a new sector, how they found out what CV, skills, experience were required and how they then acquired the necessary skills and experience.  Participants also provide reflections on what they would do differently now, and on what, in their experience, is required for career success.  There are 6 interviews available:

  1. Dr Sara Shinton discusses how she moved from a physical chemistry postdoc into career services
  2. Dr Sara Shinton discusses how she moved from running her own consultancy into researcher development
  3. Dr Emily Woollen discusses how she moved from a fixed-term research contract to academic development
  4. Dr Caroline Proctor discusses how she moved from research in medical history to managing the administration of the School of Biological Sciences' Postgraduate Research Programmes
  5. Dr Katrina Castle discusses her move from conducting research in agricultural microbiology to becoming Head of Strategic Partnerships and Transitions
  6. Dr Francesca Baseby discusses moving from a PhD in Art History to become Service Manager in the Centre for Research Collections

Career Conversations

Career Conversations with your PI

A guide with information and questions to consider when preparing for a career conversation with your PI / Supervisor

Career Conversations with your PI

Academic career journeys at Edinburgh

Video and text case studies from PhD students, research staff, lecturers and Heads of School across all three Colleges at the University of Edinburgh showing the challenges and rewards of an academic career, and what can aid career progression.

Academic Career Journeys at Edinburgh

Developing your leadership as a researcher

A free, 8-module online course created by leadership development experts to support academics to focus on their research and priorities.

Access Developing your Leadership as a Researcher