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

About the RDP

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. While predominantly aimed at academic staff and those studying for a research degree, students of all levels are welcome to attend relevant sessions.

The core RDP is arranged into four key areas:

  • Doctoral studies
  • Doctoral supervision training
  • Developing your research
  • Communicating your research

We also organise specialist workshops and seminars as required, as well as research and eSchool-based events organised by staff or students. If you would like help with an event you are organising please email

Register for training and events

Please register for all events you plan to attend, so we can keep in touch about any changes and updates. You can check out our Eventbrite page for a list of currently scheduled events, and all RDP events are posted on the Portal events calendar. Staff and doctoral students also receive the RDP update via email once a fortnight. If you are not receiving the email and would like to join the mailing list please send a request to from your Solent email account.

Visit the RDP Eventbrite page

Online resources

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, and remember that key areas such as using Pure, finding funding, and navigating Open Access are supported by face to face sessions in the core RDP.

Researchers LibGuide

The University Library hosts a wide range of tools and resources to aid your research. The Libguide for Solent Researchers will link you to key online resources as well as introducing you to additional services available to you. As a researcher or doctoral student you can access a range of special services, including on-to-one appointments with your information librarian.

Access the LibGuide

Solent Online Learning

RDP course page
All Solent staff and students can self-enrol onto the Researcher Development Programme course on SOL. The course page provides dedicated online training resources, as well as lecture capture recordings and PowerPoints to back up face-to-face sessions. Click on the link below to sign in; the enrolment button will show if it is the first time you have visited the page.

Visit the RDP course page

LinkedIn Learning
This collection of online video tutorials covers a wide range of technical, creative and personal skills. From figuring out functions in Excel to polishing presentation skills, it is a useful resource for backing up research specific training.  To access LinkedIn Learning log into SOL and select Library/LinkedIn Learning from the menu on the left.

Visit SOL

If you are having trouble accessing SOL, please email

Career development for researchers

Solent is a signatory of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and our RDP is based on the national Researcher Development Framework. The framework has been developed to provide the tools for individuals to map and plan their professional development as researchers. Use the links below to explore the resources available from Vitae, the organisation responsible for delivering the framework. If you would like to access material that requires a log in, please contact the Research Support Officer as a number of subscriptions are available.

Find out more about professional development for researchers

Further support

If you have any question about the Researcher Development Programme, or need to organise specific training that isn’t covered by our core programme, please click on the link below to contact Rosie Cooper, the Research Programmes Officer.

We are also happy to support staff and students who are organising research and innovation activities with help to market their events.

Get in touch

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