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This programme will support women researchers in developing an awareness of where they are and where they want to get to.

course details

This programme is designed to help researchers develop self-awareness and an understanding of who they are and what is important to them as individuals.

It aims to help develop the emotional resilience and confidence needed to achieve personal and professional development goals successfully. The programme enables individuals to gain insights into what they are capable of now and what they want to be capable of in the future. It will encourage individuals to create and implement a personal development plan with clearly identified short, medium and long term goals which will support continuing personal and professional development.

learning outcomes

Engaging with this course will enable you to

  • develop a better understanding of yourself, what you want, what’s important to you, what you are capable of now and what you want to be capable of in the future
  • develop an understanding of what you do that inhibits the achievement of your goals and identify strategies for overcoming those barriers
  • create and implement a personal development plan with clearly identified short, medium and long term goals to support your continuing personal and professional development
  • identify tools and strategies to enable you to reach your full potential
  • identify the personal and professional networks you currently inhabit and those you need to inhabit in order to achieve your development goals.

intended for

DPhil students in their second year and above, and research staff, who self-identify as female.

number of places


course leader

Alison Trinder



Information about the next scheduled course, and how to apply for a place, are in our course programme. This course will take place during Hilary Term. If it isn't currently appearing in the course programme, please keep checking back. 


B1, B2, B3, C2, C3, D1

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff. 

Vitae (Vitae is a national organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through supporting their professional and career development.)