Training and development

We are a signatory to the Researcher Development Concordat and have recently retained the HR Excellence in Research Award.

This demonstrates our commitment to create a thriving research culture and support our research staff and students, with tailored personal and professional development programmes. 

Our training programmes are overseen by Keele’s Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence (KIITE).

The Institute brings together expertise from across the University: academic developers, student learning experts, learning technologists and employability consultants. Together, these staff form a unique Programme Design Consultancy whom, alongside the Keele Doctoral Academy (KDA), design and underpin our distinctive training experience. 

Whether you are a PGR student, Postdoctoral Researcher or a new academic, Keele can offer you a suite of workshops, events, internal and external resources delivered throughout the year.

This choice enables you to develop the skills you require during your postdoctoral degree and beyond, whether in academia, industry or elsewhere.   

The workshops, events and resources are mapped to the internationally renowned Researcher Development Framework (RDF), the global leader in the professional development of researchers and of which Keele University is an organisational member.


Vitae provide a wealth of resources for researchers at every stage of their career.  For students, Vitae and the RDF are useful for informing the evolution of the Professional Development Learning Plan (PDLP), helping structure conversations with Supervisors, linking to researcher activity and enhacing skill development.

The student programme is specifically designed to help you develop the personal and professional skills required during doctoral study and is a great way to meet research students from across the University.     

Courses cover topics such as:

  • Plagiarism
  • How to work with your supervisor
  • Planning your final year including preparing for your viva
  • Writing literature reviews
  • What happens after your first annual review (progression)
  • Teaching and demonstrating

For a full list of KIITE's courses, online resources and to book, visit here.

If you are an international student looking for additional support with academic English writing, speaking or listening then our Language Centre can help. More information available here.

Useful links

The Essential Skills for Researchers (ESR) programme will help to develop your skill sets and is a great way to meet and network with researchers from across the University.

Courses cover topics such:

  • Blogging
  • Broadcast media
  • How to communicate confidently
  • How to achieve research impact
  • Open Access and the REF
  • The Human Tissue Act
  • Critical appraisals
  • Intellectual Property
  • Job applications, CVs and interviews
  • How to keep up-to-date with your research

For a full list of KIITE's courses, online resources and to book, visit here.

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The supervisor programme will help you to develop your skills as a supervisor and highlight updates on University PGR policy and process. They are also a great way to meet other supervisors and share experiences.

Courses cover topics such as:

  • Getting Started with Research Student Supervision at Keele (online via Learning Pool). The follow on mandatory session for new supervisors can be booked via Keele People.
  • The administrative milestones for a PGR/Prof Doc student
  • Being a member of an annual review 1 interview panel
  • How to have honest conversations
  • The role of internal viva examiners
  • The role of viva chairs (online via Learning Pool)

For a full list of KIITE's courses, online resources and to book, visit here.

Useful links

The RaISE team have collated a list of external training and development courses that may be of interest.

Providers include;

1. West Midlands Research Training Collaboratives (WMRTC)

2. The Health Research Authority (HRA)

3. The Medical Research Council (MRC) -

4. Global Health Traning Centre's webpage.

5. The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) -

6. The NHS Research and Development Forum - training pages 


For more information, please visit the RaISE page here.

There are a number of ways in which you can apply for funding to attend a training or networking event.

The KPA offers a bursary to help with personal and academic development and more information can be found here.

Individual Faculties also offer schemes internally and to find out more, please contact your Postgraduate Research Administrator directly:

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS)
Faculty of Natural Sciences (FNS) 
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMS)

Alternatively, there are external funding schemes you can apply for with small pots of money available. 


This search tool incorporates funding schemes from several providers and can be filtered to suit individual requirements.

Research Professional:

Keele has an account to use this search tool. Again, it can be filtered to suit individual requirements but you must use it from a Keele PC or register for an off site log in.