Researcher Development

Researcher Development

Whether you are already a staff researcher, working towards a doctorate, or pursuing an academic career, the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) can help you advance your skills.

The RDF was designed by academic leaders to develop world-class researchers and build the UK's research base. It offers a framework for planning, promoting and supporting your personal, professional and career development as a researcher in higher education, with a useful guide to the knowledge, behaviours and attributes you will need to succeed.

Our Library is also home to a wealth of useful research resources. 

Get inspired by our REF2021 submitted written and practice-based research

Use the Academic Career Fields Plan as a template for planning your ACF activity and development

Researcher Development Webinars

As part of UCA's commitment to the Concordat to Support Research Integrity, and the Principles of the Researcher Development Concordatwe have produced the following webinars and presentations to assist you with your development.



  • Internal Research Fund webinar - hosted by Elizabeth Baxter
  • Research Planning for Academic Staff - hosted by Victoria Kelley
  • Managing and Supporting Research Career Field Staff: for Programme Directors -hosted by Victoria Kelley
  • UCA’s Research Profile Our REF2021 Submission - hosted by Victoria Kelley and Amer Alwarea
  • Photography and the Question of Ethics - hosted by Professor Anna Fox and Professorial Fellow Sunil Gupta
  • Guide to My UCA Research Ethics – hosted by Amer Alwarea
  • How to increase your research impact – Hosted by Lesley Millar and Simon Olding
  • Getting Published – hosted by Victoria Kelley
  • Research Planning – hosted by Victoria Kelley
  • Developing Portfolios for REF (and beyond) – hosted by Abby Whittall
  • External Grants (Power point slides) – by Tracy Crowther

To watch these recorded webinars, visit MyUCA.


Previous Webinars

For links to any of the below webinars, contact the Research Team at


  • Diversity and inclusivity in REF processes – hosted by Victoria Kelley and Joe McCarron
  • Code of Practice and academic career fields – hosted by Nino Nizharadze and Victoria Kelley
  • Career field consultation – hosted by Roni Brown and Victoria Kelley
  • Research Degree News 2018-2019 – hosted by George Barber and Victoria Kelley


  • REF 2021 at UCA: Starting the process (the REF audit) – hosted by Nino Nizharadze
  • How to apply for Internal Research Fund – hosted by Liz Baxter
  • Impact – measuring public engagement in arts research – hosted by Charlotte Medland-Oxford
  • UCARO – UCA research online – hosted by Amy Robinson
  • Routes to teaching in the arts – hosted by Annamarie McKie
  • Writing for REF – hosted by Victoria Kelley
  • UCA Mock REF – hosted by Amy Robinson and Nino Nizharadze
  • UCA Mock REF: lessons learned – hosted by Victoria Kelley and Nino Nizharadze


  • How to run a webinar – hosted by Tony Reeves
  • Internal Funding – hosted by Nino Nizharadze
  • HE Fellowships – hosted by Annamarie McKie
  • UCA Research Online – hosted by Amy Robinson
  • Research Ethics UCA application (slides) – by Tracey Ashmore
  • Research Proposals – hosted by Liz Thomson
  • Restless Terrain’ research seminar – hosted by Andrea Gregson
  • Careers for researchers – hosted by Jan Rowan
  • Data Management – hosted by Amy Robinson
  • IP Copyright – hosted by Lisa Moore
  • Building your research network – hosted by Tony Reeves
  • Practice-based research – hosted by Chris Jones
  • Managing research with digital tools – hosted by Tony Reeves
  • Research methods part 1 – hosted by Chris Jones
  • Research methods part 2 – hosted by Chris Jones
  • Making time for research – hosted by Liz Thomson
  • Successful bid writing – hosted by Leigh Garrett
  • Research ethics in arts and humanities – hosted by Liz Thomson
  • Research careers – applications and CVs – hosted by Jan Rowan
  • Arts-based research – hosted by Anthony Heywood