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Researcher development

During your research degree programme, you will be expected to undertake researcher development outside of your specific research topic. Researcher development, in sum, refers to all the training and development that you will experience and acquire during your time at DMU. At DMU, we are guided by VITAE’s Researcher Development Framework and embed its principles into the many training activities and events we offer.

These can be found in the following areas:

  • Internal development (e.g. workshops as part of our Researcher Development Programme)
  • External development (e.g. participating in conferences, publishing papers)
  • Informal development (e.g. taking part in or organising events as part of DMU’s research culture)

Ways to get involved

We offer many ways in which to get involved and be part of the researcher community. With the current COVID-19 restrictions, all of these activities are still occurring online.

  1. Careers Support

    DMU’s Postgraduate Researcher Careers Advisor offer 1-2-1 and workshops to help research degree students with questions about careers and applying for posts, both academic and non-academic.
  2. Doctoral College Drop-ins

    Hosted by the Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research, these drop-ins are an informal forum for research degree students to ask questions and discuss their research journey.
  3. Doctoral College Lecture Series

    This series features research degree students delivering talks about their work in relation to the UN SDGs or an international/world day. You can learn more by visiting here.
  4. Doctoral College Showcase

    This is our end of year event which showcases the amazing research of our students. You can learn more by visiting here.
  5. Doctoral College Support and Development Fund

    All research degree students are able to apply for up to £500, which can be used for conference registration, research training, and purchasing of key research equipment.

    There are 3 calls for applications each academic year and past research activities that the fund has support include:

    • Attendance of a summer school in Lausanne, Switzerland
    • Purchase of holographic equipment for research purposes
    • Travel funds to support attendance of an international conference
    • Purchase of memberships to scholarly and academic bodies
  6. Faculty Drop-ins

    All research degree students are support by Faculty Head of Research Students who organise their own drop-ins as a place for students to raise questions about support and resources available to them from the Faculties.
  7. Library training and support

    Library and Learning Services offer a range of support for postgraduate research students and deliver regularly on our researcher development programme.
  8. PGR E-Cafes

    Hosted by research degree students, these occur monthly and focus on a theme. These are online socials allowing for students to meet and socialise. Past themes have focused on topics to support their degree programme, such as resilience, resolutions and preparation.
  9. Practice-based researcher events

    At DMU, many of our doctoral researchers are doing their research by practice. Practice-based study involves a broad category of research that includes designing or making objects, the staging of performances or events and the documentation of artefacts. The definition of an artefact is broad, ranging from a physical entity, such as a painting or telephone, to an abstract entity, such as a novel or a computer program, to a transient entity such as a performance.

    In partnership with the Institute of Creative Technologies, events are hosted to focus on supporting practice-based researchers. These events include practical workshops to practice-sharing’s where researchers can share their progress and experiences.

  10. Research and Teaching Assistantships

    Research degree students are made aware of opportunities to take on research or teaching assistantships alongside their studies. These designed to allow students to gain working experience while working on their research projects.
  11. Researcher Development Programme

    Each year a researcher development programme is developed to enable you to carry out advanced study, develop research skills and enhance your career development. It features workshops, seminars, and courses on a range of subjects delivered by expert researchers and other staff at DMU.

    Most of our sessions are 1.5-2 hours long and are offered in both face-to-face and live online settings. The sessions are designed to be interactive and often include independent and group work.

    The programme also includes events and special events, such as roundtable discussions and special lectures.

  12. Research Institute seminars

    Our research institutes regularly organise seminars and lectures available to all researchers at DMU.
  13. Roundtable Discussions

    Organised by faculties and the Doctoral College, roundtable discussions are opportunities to learn from DMU experts on a range of topics including publication, researching sensitive topics, and more.
  14. Student-Supervisor Relationship Masterclasses

    This series brings together experienced supervisors and their students to explore their approach to developing great relationship to support the research degree journey.
  15. Writing support

    Research degree students can get involved in writing groups including the Writing Circle, a group of academics and students who meet up bi-monthly to write or the Writing Group for Research Students.