The Centre for Academic Development brings together the Researcher Development Unit with the Centre for Learning and Teaching.

Researcher Development supports the career development of researchers through training and development opportunities to support research excellence and personal and professional growth.

Working closely with the Public Engagement with Research Unit, a progressive strategy for researcher engagement and development ensures wherever possible that skills development is coupled to follow through activities. The University of Aberdeen is a centre for excellence in Public Engagement, one of only 8 centres across the UK.

Training programmes are closely aligned to the Researcher Development Framework and focuses on key generic/transferrable attributes such as: confidence, communication, leadership, intellectual independence, grant writing, creativity, personal effectiveness, CV enrichment and career planning.

A comprehensive suite of development opportunities for postgraduate researchers, research staff, early career researchers, Principal Investigators and Supervisors is available. More information can be found here.

Researcher Engagement and Development also provides positive enrichment of research environments within the training element of funding applications and pathway to impact statements. For more information contact us, rdu@abdn.ac.uk or peru@abdn.ac.uk

The wider Centre for Academic Development provides support and innovation focused towards teaching excellence. Staff in the Centre are involved in a range of projects, both within the University and externally. Within the Centre the eLearning team support eLearning activities and developments across the University, whilst the Student Learning Service works with students to develop their academic skills.

Careers Service

The Careers Service is happy to offer advice and guidance to university staff. You can make a one-to-one appointment to speak to a Careers Adviser by contacting the Careers Service on +44(0)1224 27 3601.

Research staff will find specific resources to assist their career planning on the Careers Service website. Some resources you may find particularly helpful include:

  • Recommended websites for job-seeking
  • Recommended websites for obtaining funding
  • Vitae – a national organisation for the personal, professional and career development of researchers in higher education institutions and research institutes.
  • An Academic Career – includes video clips of academics and early career researchers
  • University Researchers and the Job Market (AGCAS) – provides advice for research staff regarding career development and the job hunting process.