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Training and development

Training and development

Supporting Postgraduate Researchers at Exeter

Our Researcher Development Programme (RDP) is designed to support you at all stages of your research degree. The programme is organised into five strands:

You can find out more about each strand on their individual pages.

As well as being organised into strands, our Researcher Development courses are recommended for different stages of your research degree. These are designed to enable your development and build on your skills holistically throughout your time at Exeter.

  • Early (within the initial stages of your research degree, i.e. the first 1-2 years or pre-upgrade)
  • Mid (those in the middle stages of their research degree, i.e. 2-3 years or post-upgrade)
  • Late (those who have finished data collection and are entering the writing-up stage of their research degree)

If you have any enquiries please contact us on Make sure to read the Doctoral College newsletter and connect with us for the latest opportunities, news and information on Twitter: @ExeterDoctoral.     

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

Bookings should be made through our iTrent for PGRs system

Our face to face and webinar development opportunities will be added to iTrent over the summer with our 2023/24 Researcher Development Programme commencing in September 2023. In the meantime, please see our online resources and recordings of previous session via ELE and

The Researcher Development Programme is carefully designed to support you throughout your research degree and bring PGRs together as part of an inclusive and enriching community. Being a part of the Exeter research community requires that you are respectful to others. By booking onto our courses, you are agreeing to our Code of conduct.

From 2021/2022, the Researcher Devleopment Programme for PGRs will be operating on a digital first policy. Our core programme will run online to ensure PGRs across all our campuses, and studying at a distance, have access to our full range of training and development opportunities.

As such, the majority of our courses are delievered through Microsoft Teams. To assist your use of Teams in attending our programme, we have developed the folloiwng guides:

If you register to attend a learning event and cannot attend, you will be required to provide a reason via the iTrent system when you cancel your place. If you fail to attend without cancelling the following escalating process will be put into place:

  1. If you book, but do not attend a learning event, you will be contacted by the Researcher Development Manager (PGRs) to find out why you did not attend and will be reminded that you were booked to attend and that you may have taken the place of someone else who was able to attend.
  2. A record will be kept and where a PGR student repeatedly does not attend or cancels less than 48 hours before a learning event the Head of Researcher Development and Research Culture will contact the PGR to discuss their attendance.