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Courses for postdocs and research staff are designed to support your career and professional development.

Making fellowship and grant applications

Research Staff in MPLS gain eligibility to 10 days of training and development per annum

View our current training and development course programme

The MPLS Divisional Board has agreed that research staff in the division “are entitled to a minimum of ten days per annum for their professional development and training”.  Training and professional development is defined as “anything that enhances researchers’ skills and abilities to do their work”.  It is applicable to their current role or their future career.  Researchers should agree with their Principal Investigator when these days can be taken well in advance and they should be discussed in their annual Career of Personal Development Review.  Read the policy in full here.




Online Courses

The University has a number of free online courses designed to support you in your research which you can complete at your own pace.

Research Integrity (online courses)

Understand the key responsibilities you have as a researcher, identify the challenges you could face in meeting these responsibilities, and learn strategies for dealing with pressures and difficult situations.

Self-paced online courses relevant to specific research fields. 

The Balanced Researcher

This talk describes the most useful strategies that thousands of researchers have found helpful in balancing the many demands on their time.

One three hour recorded lecture.


The Imposter Syndrome


How can it be that so many clever, competent and capable people can feel that they are just one step away from being exposed as a complete fraud? Despite evidence that they are performing well they can still have that lurking fear that at any moment someone is going to tap them on the shoulder and say "We need to have a chat". 

One three hour recorded lecture.

The Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students

This workshop describes the key habits that research shows will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your DPhil.

One three hour recorded lecture



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