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Solent’s Researcher Development Programme (RDP) offers a range of opportunities for Solent staff and research students to develop knowledge and skills to support their research and innovation.  

The programme runs between October and June in each academic year, and caters for all levels of experience with a range of face to face sessions and online resources: you can choose the activities which are right for you at each stage of your research and innovation development journey.  

The core RDP is arranged into five key session series. Click on the links below for more information about the workshops and seminars organised within each series: 

  • Postgraduate research
  • Doctoral supervision training 
  • Funding and bidding 
  • Research Excellence Framework
  • Research mentoring

We also organise specialist workshops and seminars are organised as required, as well as promoting subject specific events organised by staff around their research interests.

You can keep up to date with upcoming events in the RDP by joining the RDP mailing list. You will receive regular session alerts and a monthly round-up detailing workshops and seminars coming up over the following six weeks. 

Email to join the RDP mailing list.

Download the Core RDP programme (Oct-Dec 2018)  

Register for workshops and seminars

Tools for researchers

A wide range of online tools are available to help researchers manage and progress different areas of their work, from finding information and reference management, to disseminating your research. 

Use the links below to explore online resources. Key areas such as using the University research information management system, finding funding, and navigating Open Access are supported by face to face sessions in the core RDP.

Library resources

As a researcher or doctoral student you can access a range of special services, including on-to-one appointments with your information librarian. You can explore the full range of services available in the Solent Researchers Libguide.

Solent Online Learning (SOL)

The main RDP page provides online resources linked to the six core series, as well as a dedicated support area for doctoral students. We will be launching a dedicated online learning series for early career researchers in the 2018/19 academic year. The SOL sessions will cover all the essentials for any member of staff keen to enhance and extend their research.

Contributing to the RDP

We welcome ideas and recommendations for extra sessions, whether it's a training need you have identified or a seminar you would like to deliver. If you would like to propose a session, please complete the proposal form and email it to the research programmes officer at:

Download the RDP proposal form

Solent's RDP is based on the national Researcher Development Framework and is guided by Solent's Research and Innovation Strategy.

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