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Researcher Development Essentials

Researcher Development Essentials are the core of our programme, and is made up of a series of workshops and webinars to support you throughout your research degree - from doing your literature review to preparing for your viva.

Our face to face and webinar development opportunities will be added to our new booking system over the summer. Our 2023/24 Researcher Development Programme will commence in September 2023. In the meantime, please see our online resources and recordings of previous sessions via ELE and

If you need to make changes to an existing booking that you made via Inkpath, please contact

Core skills:

  • Focus on...getting started q&a panel
  • Handling difficult conversations with your supervisors
  • Critical thinking for researchers Online or face to face sessions available
  • Creative thinking for researchers Online or face to face sessions available
  • What is Open Access? Hybrid session - online or face to face


  • Conducting a literature review: searching, reading and note-taking
  • Conducting a literature review: critiquing, structuring and writing
  • Focus on....preparing for your upgrade
  • Maintaining momentum and focus after your upgrade
  • Preparing for your viva online and face to face sessions available
  • Focus on... the viva q&a panel
  • Drafting your thesis online and face to face sessions available
  • Writing a chapter online and face to face sessions available
  • Perfectly imperfect writing practices for your thesis 

Supporting your wellbeing:

  • Managing Stress
  • Confidence and Resilience
  • What to do when things go wrong: Using challenges, messiness and discomfort as a resource
  • Kickstart your PhD with joy, clarity and ease
  • We’re all in this together: A peer-directed workshop
  • Finding your way out of a rut using Lego Serious Play


You can access the following brand new online courses on our Exeter Learning Environment page:

Please check out our Researcher Development site- a suite of online resources, made by PGRs for PGRs, to support their training and development. 

Exeter Postgraduate Researcher Podcast, the new podcast from the Researcher Development and Research Culture Team, covers the skills and knowledge needed for postgraduate researchers' professional development. 

You can listen to our episodes here:

Episode Number Topic and Guest
1 Open Research- Dr Eilis Hannon


R, D and the In-Betweens is a podcast about researchers, development…and everything in-between! In this podcast Kelly Preece (Researcher Development Manager) speaks to researchers and Higher Education professionals about being a researcher, working in a research environment and all that may entail. So far this has included episodes on research communication, writing up, being a BAME researcher, research ethics and much more! You can listen and subscribe on Apple PodcastsSpotify, Amazon MusicGoogle Podcasts and Stitcher

If you are listening from an computer please click the links below, which also include full transcriptions of each episode.

Episode Number Topic and Interviewee
1 Research storytelling with Dr. Caitlin Kight

Being a BAME researcher with Victoria Omotoso

3 Writing up in the time of coronavirus with Edward Mills
4 Researching at a distance with Jo Sutherst and Sam Jones
5 Emergent research ethics with Warren Speed
6 Being a self-funded PGR with Tracey Warren
7 PGR experiences of online training and development
8 Wellbeing and self-care with Jayne Hardy
9 Starting your research degree
10 Activism advocacy and being black in HE with Tinashe Verhaeghe
11 Being a disabled researcher with Megan Maunder
12 Organising, attending and submitting abstracts to conference with Victoria Christodoulides
13 Publishing your research as a book with Dr. Jonathan Doney
14 Surviving and thriving in the Viva with Edward Mills
15 Taking a break with Ellie Hassan
16 The impact of Covid19 on research projects with Ellie Hassan
17 Preparing for your upgrade
 18 The supervisory relationship (from both sides!) with Edward Mills and Tom Hinton
19 Working with an industry partner with Lena Prouchet
20 Adpating research projects due to COVID-19 with Lena Prouchet
21 "Pandemic Fine"
22 Changing supervisors with Maria Dede
23 Doing non-traditional research with Lizzie Hobson
24 Taking a break take 2 with Dr. Edward Mills
25 Mentoring and coaching with Dr. Kay Guccione
26 Preparing for your (STEMM) Viva with Professor Jon Blount
27 Preparing for your (HASS) Viva with Bice Maiguashca
28 Being an internal (viva) examiner with Professor Michelle Bolduc
29 Being a mature PGR
30 All about burn out
31 Researcher Takeover - Talking about Thematic Analysis
32 Tales of Minor Corrections
33 Dealing with failure
34 Being a neurodivergent PGR
35 From researcher to Youtuber to author - an interview with Simon Clark
36 The Messy Podcast with Jamie Pei, PhD aka The Messy Coach