Training and development

Researcher Development Programme

The Researcher Development Programme (RDP) provides a range of training and development opportunities for research staff and postgraduate research students at London Metropolitan University.

Courses are available for all levels of experience from established and advanced researchers to new researchers.

The courses are designed to support researchers in developing a full range of transferable professional, personal, research, and career skills and knowledge.

Current RDP courses

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MANTRA is a free course with guidelines to help you understand and reflect on how to manage the data you collect throughout your research. The course is particularly appropriate for those who work with digital data.

Online Further information and booking
On demand  

Writing Group/s for Research Students
(CELT-facilitated)

Setting aside regular blocks of time to write in the company of others can provide focus, inspiration, and - most importantly - writing! CELT is available to assist those wishing to establish such a group.  We can discuss with you the kind of support that would be most beneficial - e.g., guidance, facilitation, dedicated space - and we invite you to contact us to take your ideas further.

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London DTCs Network
The London Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs) Network includes six London-based Economic & Social Research Council-funded DTCs.  This network has been set-up to allow social science PhD students from across all London-based universities to access as broad a range of training opportunities as possible.

London Further information and booking
18 Nov 2014 10am - 1pm

Literature Reviewing for Research
This practically focussed workshop will look at the purpose and process of conducting a literature review as a foundational part of your research project.

BELB-14, green zone, Tower Building, North Campus Further information and booking
19 Nov 2014 2 - 5pm

Research Ethics
This workshop is designed to provide an opportunity for research students and others to discuss the relevance of research ethics across disciplines and the implications for their own work

T9-05, Tower Building, North Campus Booking
26 Nov 2014 10.30am - 12pm

Skills Training Resources for Researchers
This workshop is designed to provide information on the skills training resources available for research students at London Met, which includes on-line courses and videos.

T9-05, Tower Building, North Campus Booking
27 Nov 2014 2 - 3pm

How to raise your independent profile as a postdoctoral researcher
Join Vitae for a live online #vitaehangout on 27 November (Thursday) between 2-3pm UK Time, dedicated to self-promotion, pitching your ideas, networking and developing your independent profile inside or outside academia, for research staff.

On Air - Broadcast for free Further information and booking
3 Dec 2014 10am - 1pm

Dynamic Note-making for Research
Dynamic note-making is an essential part of conducting your research and producing your dissertation. This session will explore active and powerful note-making strategies that will encourage you to interact and engage with information and make research material your own and help you to produce your final thesis.

T9-05, Tower Building, North Campus Booking
10 Dec 2014 10.30am - 12.30pm

Postgraduate Research Student Supervision
This workshop will discuss best practice in supervising postgraduate research students. Topics will include: supervisory teams; university regulations and procedures; and supervisory responsibilities and challenges. STAFF ONLY

T9-05, Tower Building, North Campus Booking
10 Dec 2014 1.30 - 5.30pm

UK Data Service: Data driven research - Access, analyse, evidence
This free half-day workshop offers an introduction to the data, resources and support available from the UK Data Service.

 LSE, London Further information and booking
8 - 9 Jan 2015 9am - 5pm

Preparing for Leadership for Research Staff
A two-day professional leadership training course run by Vitae for research staff

This course is free to attend, however, participants will need to pay for their own travel and overnight accommodation.

Birmingham City University Further information and booking
14 Jan 2015 10.30am - 12.30pm
Costing and Pricing of Research Bids at London Met
This session will provide guidance on costing and pricing of research bids at London Met.  STAFF ONLY
T9-05, Tower Building, North Campus Further information and booking
28 Jan 2015 10.30am - 12pm

Postgraduate Research Students Q&A's
This session is for all Research students who may have questions regarding their studies. Any queries or concerns that you have will be answered during this session

T9-05, Tower Building, North Campus Booking
28 Jan - 6 Mar 2015 On-line
First Steps into Learning and Teaching
Open online course
 On-line Further information and booking
30 Jan 2015 10am - 4.30pm
Calling all PhD students with a music-related topic
These Open Days allow students to learn about our collections of printed and manuscript music and sound recordings (including classical, pop, world and traditional music), to find out how to access them, and to meet our curatorial staff as well as other researchers in their field. 
British Library Further information and booking
4 Feb 2015 10.30am - 12.30pm

What to Expect During the Viva Process
This session will inform students of the viva process, from submission of thesis through to examination. It's an opportunity for students to ask questions, and learn more about what to expect during the viva voce examination and the possible outcomes.

T9-05, Tower Building, North Campus Booking
11 Feb 2015 10am - 1pm

Developing Academic Writing for Research Students
This hands-on workshop is designed for higher education research students working in any discipline.  You will use your own work-in-progress as a starting point and will be introduced to an effective, non-judgemental process of peer review

T9-05, Tower Building, North Campus Booking
11 Feb 2015 onwards 1.30 - 4.30 pm on Wed afternoons

Learning and Teaching Practice Course (LTP)
The LTP course is a practical, work-based short course of one semester’s duration, which aims to be valuable in developing the participant’s own workplace learning & teaching practice, in a rigorous yet enjoyable way.

Participants work towards completion of a practical, critically reflective and discursive portfolio based on their own practice, underpinned by scholarship in the area of learning and teaching in HE.

Completion of the LTP course enables participants to become eligible for Associate Fellowship status of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

 London Met

For further information and to register, please contact:

Anne Morris
LTP course leader

a.morris@londonmet.ac.uk

25 Feb 2015 10am - 1pm

Using Primary (archival) Sources for Research
This workshop is designed to provide an opportunity for research students and others to understand what primary sources are and their distinction as categories from secondary and tertiary sources. 

T9-05, Tower Building, North Campus Booking
4 March 2015 10.30am - 12.30pm

Training to be an Independent Chair for Vivas
This session will introduce staff to the role of independent chair for a viva. The workshop will review the procedures for chairing a viva and discuss the importance of the role of the independent chair. STAFF ONLY

T9-05, Tower Building, North Campus Booking
22 April 2015 10.30am - 12.30pm

Examining MPhil/PhD Vivas
This workshop provides guidance for University staff on the regulations and procedures of examining an MPhil/PhD viva. STAFF ONLY

T9-05, Tower Building, North Campus Booking

The Programme offers a range of courses in four domains:

  • Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities - the knowledge, intellectual abilities and techniques needed to carry out research
  • Personal Effectiveness - the personal qualities, and career and self-management skills needed to take ownership of and engage in professional development
  • Research Governance and Organisation - the knowledge of the standards, requirements and professional conduct needed for the effective management of research
  • Engagement, Influence and Impact - the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage with, influence and impact on the academic, social, cultural, economic and broader context

London Metropolitan University's Researcher Development Programme is based on the Researcher Development Framework and Statement.

This Framework is a progression of the Joint Skills Statement and supports the implementation of: the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers; the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research Programmes; and the Roberts’ recommendations for researchers.

FBL Research Training Handbook.  This handbook is a guide to research training opportunities available to research staff and postgraduate research students within the Faculty of Business and Law (FBL). 

Previous RDP courses

  • Managing Stress for PhD Students - Tue 18/01/2011
  • Social Enterprises for Researchers - Wed 19/01/2011
  • Introduction to NVivo - Tue 25/01/2011
  • Training to be an Independent Chair for Vivas - Wed 26/01/2011
  • Researchers' Tools: Zetoc, Copac and the Archives Hub - Thu 27/01/2011
  • Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers - Tue 01/02/2011
  • Preparing for Fieldwork - Wed 02/02/2011
  • Using the Internet to Communicate and Engage with Audiences about Research - Thu 03/02/2011
  • Understanding, Protecting and Exploiting Intellectual Property - Wed 09/02/2011
  • Developing a Critical Literature Review for Academic Writing - Wed 23/02/2011
  • Postgraduate Research Welcome and Induction Part 1 - Tue 01/03/2011
  • Postgraduate Research Welcome and Induction Part 2 - Tue 08/03/2011
  • Getting Published: Academic Journals and Book Proposals - Wed 09/03/2011
  • Funding Research (part 1): Applying for External Grants, including the Research Councils - Wed 16/03/2011
  • Funding Research (part 2): Costing and Pricing of External Grants - Wed 23/03/2011
  • Training for postgraduate research student supervision and being an internal examiner - Wed 30/03/2011
  • Time Management and Procrastination - Tue 05/04/2011
  • Financial Project Management for London Met Researchers - Wed 06/04/2011
  • Training to be an Independent Chair for Vivas - Tue 12/04/2011
  • Developing a Critical Literature Review for Academic Writing Part 2 - Wed 13/04/2011
  • Time Management and Procrastination - Thu 14/04/2011
  • Presenting with Confidence - Wed 20/04/2011
  • Training for postgraduate research student supervision and being an internal examiner - Wed 04/05/2011
  • Peer Review - Wed 11/05/2011
  • Applied Creativity and Innovation - Tue 17/05/2011
  • Media Skills Workshop - Thu 19/05/2011
  • Management Skills for Doctoral Research - Wed 25/05/2011
  • Leadership and Influencing for Researchers - Thu 26/05/2011
  • Questionnaire Design - Wed 01/06/2011
  • Accessing and Using Data from the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) - Tue 07/06/2011
  • Introduction to SPSS - Wed 08/06/2011
  • Project Management - Tue 14/06/2011
  • Working with Business: Knowledge Transfer - Wed 15/06/2011
  • Finance for Non-financial Managers - Thu 16/06/2011
  • Writing Abstracts for Conferences - Mon 20/06/2011
  • Risk Management for Researchers - Tue 21/06/2011
  • Introduction to NVivo - Wed 29/06/2011
  • The part-time doctoral student - Fri 15/07/2011
  • Doing research in a virtual world: the ethics of internet mediated methods (workshop) - Fri 15/07/2011
  • Coaching Skills - Tue 19/07/2011
  • Writing Abstracts for Conferences - Tue 27/09/2011
  • Presenting with Confidence - Wed 12/10/2011
  • Using Zotero for Research Information Management - Mon 24/10/2011
  • Conference Posters - Wed 26/10/2011
  • Conference Posters - Wed 26/10/2011
  • Training to be an Independent Chair for Vivas - Wed 02/11/2011
  • Communicating Your Ideas Clearly - Mon 07/11/2011
  • Identifying What You Want From Your Research - Mon 07/11/2011
  • Getting Published: Academic Journals and Book Proposals - Wed 09/11/2011
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week at the British Library (5 days) - Mon 14/11/2011
  • Postgraduate research student supervision - Wed 16/11/2011
  • Leadership in Action (4 days) - Tue 22/11/2011
  • Emotional Intelligence - Wed 23/11/2011
  • Social Enterprises for Researchers - Wed 30/11/2011
  • Managing Stress for PhD Students - Wed 07/12/2011
  • Research Ethics - Wed 14/12/2011
  • Developing a Critical Literature Review for Academic Writing - Wed 11/01/2012
  • Training to be an Independent Chair for Vivas - Wed 18/01/2012
  • Practical Project Management For Researchers - Mon 23/01/2012
  • Careers Workshop - Wed 25/01/2012
  • Postgraduate Research Welcome and Induction Part 1 - Wed 01/02/2012
  • Postgraduate Research Welcome and Induction Part 2 - Wed 08/02/2012
  • Postgraduate research student supervision - Wed 15/02/2012
  • Communicating with Impact - Mon 20/02/2012
  • Introduction to Consultancy for Researchers - Mon 20/02/2012
  • Examining PhD Vivas - Wed 22/02/2012
  • The Creative Process - A Multidisciplinary Examination: Social Sciences - Wed 22/02/2012
  • Research Ethics - Wed 29/02/2012
  • Developing Academic Writing for Research Students - Wed 07/03/2012
  • Creative Careers Master Class - Wed 07/03/2012
  • iGeneration - Publishing Innovation Conference 2012 - Thu 08/03/2012
  • Resilience for Researchers - Tue 13/03/2012
  • An Introduction to the Imposter Syndrome - Tue 13/03/2012
  • Using Zotero for Research Information Management - Wed 14/03/2012
  • Understanding, Protecting and Exploiting Intellectual Property - Wed 14/03/2012
  • Open Innovation Masterclass @ BIC Innovation - Wed 14/03/2012
  • Postgraduate Research Students Q & As - Wed 21/03/2012
  • Becoming a More Effective Researcher - Thu 22/03/2012
  • Introducing the European Social Survey (ESS) and the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) - Thu 22/03/2012
  • Standing up For Science Media Workshop - Fri 23/03/2012
  • An overview of research and innovation opportunities and types of grant available in the EU - Wed 28/03/2012
  • Grant Proposal Writing - Wed 28/03/2012
  • Grant Finances - Wed 28/03/2012
  • Research Methods Training Courses and Events - Mon 02/04/2012
  • ESRC Safe Researcher Training Course - Fri 27/04/2012
  • Preventing Plagiarism - active research and powerful note-making - Wed 02/05/2012
  • Mastering the Art of Questionnaire Design - Wed 09/05/2012
  • Millennium Cohort Study: Introductory Workshop - Tue 08/05/2012
  • National Child Development Study and 1970 British Cohort Study: Introductory workshop - Thu 10/05/2012
  • Introduction to NVivo - Mon 14/05/2012
  • Introduction to SPSS - Tue 15/05/2012
  • Training to be an Independent Chair for Vivas - Wed 16/05/2012
  • Neville Butler Memorial Lecture 2012: Why Birth Cohort Studies Matter - Thu 17/05/2012
  • Risk Management - Tue 22/05/2012
  • Constructivist Theory/Approaches/Techniques: bridging qualitative & quantitative approaches - Tue 22/05/2012
  • Implementing Your Survey Effectively - Thu 31/05/2012
  • Postgraduate research student supervision - Wed 13/06/2012
  • What to Expect During the Viva Process - Wed 20/06/2012
  • Practical Project Management for Researchers - Mon 25/06/2012
  • REF Briefing Event - Tue 26/06/2012
  • 5th ESRC Research Methods Festival - Mon 02/07/2012
  • Writing Abstracts for Conferences - Wed 03/10/2012
  • Training to be an Independent Chair for Vivas - Wed 10/10/2012
  • Postgraduate Research Welcome and Induction Part 1 - Wed 17/10/2012
  • Postgraduate Research Welcome and Induction Part 2 - Wed 24/10/2012
  • Postgraduate Research Student Supervision - Wed 31/10/2012
  • British Library - Doctoral Open Day - Fri 02/11/2012
  • Feedback Session for Conference Posters - Wed 07/11/2012
  • Using Zotero for Research Information Management - Wed 14/11/2012
  • Postgraduate Research Students Q & As - Wed 14/11/2012
  • Administrative Data as a Research Resource - Fri 16/11/2012
  • British Library - Doctoral Open Day - Fri 16/11/2012
  • NCRM - Tales From the Archive - Mon 19/11/2012
  • Media Skills - Wed 21/11/2012
  • British Library - Doctoral Open Day - Fri 23/11/2012
  • Examining MPhil/PhD Vivas - Wed 21/11/2012
  • CNR/NOVELLA - Revisiting Young Lives interview data with a narrative lens - Tue 27/11/2012
  • Sharing Best Practice for Supervisors - Wed 28/11/2012
  • Millenium Cohort Study: Introductory Workshop - Wed 28/11/2012
  • Active Notemaking to Prevent Plagiarism - Wed 28/11/2012
  • NCRM - Equilibrium Search Models for Micro Data - Theory and Estimation - Thu 29/11/2012
  • NCRM - Visual Analysis using Qualitative Software - Fri 30/11/2012
  • NCRM - Video Data Workshops - Fri 07/12/2012
  • Finding survey data for your research: An introductory webinar - Mon 10/12/2012
  • LONDON MET - Research Ethics - Wed 12/12/2012
  • Quick Introduction to Census Data: Webinar for New Academic Users - Fri 14/12/2012
  • LONDON MET - Active writing workshop for research students - Wed 16/01/2013
  • LONDON MET - Training to be an Independent Chair for Vivas - Wed 16/01/2013
  • British Library - Doctoral Open Day - Fri 18/01/2013
  • British Library - Doctoral Open Day - Fri 25/01/2013
  • LONDON MET - The Literature Review - purpose, form and function - Wed 30/01/2013
  • British Library - Doctoral Open Day - Sat 02/02/2013
  • British Library - Doctoral Open Day - Mon 11/02/2013
  • LONDON MET - Postgraduate Research Welcome and Induction Part 1 - Wed 13/02/2013
  • LONDON MET - Postgraduate Research Student Supervision - Wed 13/02/2013
  • British Library - Doctoral Open Day - Mon 18/02/2013
  • LONDON MET - Postgraduate Research Welcome and Induction Part 2 - Wed 20/02/2013
  • LONDON MET - Campaign for Social Science Roadshow - Wed 20/02/2013
  • British Library - Doctoral Open Day - Fri 22/02/2013
  • Open Central, Collaboration and Podcasting - Fri 01/03/2013
  • LONDON MET - Careers Workshop - Wed 06/03/2013
  • LONDON MET - Presenting with Confidence - Wed 13/03/2013
  • LONDON MET - Examining MPhil/PhD Vivas - Wed 13/03/2013
  • Using Administrative Data for Research - Fri 05/04/2013
  • LONDON MET - Sharing Best Practice for Supervisors - Wed 17/04/2013
  • Kings College London - Charting an entrepreneurial career: how researchers can control their professional destiny - Thu 07/03/2013

Past RDP events and materials  >

Contact details

If you have any queries regarding the Researcher Development Programme, please email: rdp@londonmet.ac.uk