Researcher Training and Development 

The University is fully committed to the Researcher Development Concordat, which outlines the responsibilities of higher education institutions, funders, research leaders and managers, and individuals, in facilitating their career development.

The Concordat further sets out a clear expectation for researchers to be given the time and encouragement by their institutions to undertake a minimum of 10 days professional development pro rata per year.

A rich and comprehensive skills development programme is available to research staff and postgraduate researchers, with bespoke local support and guidance offered by mentors, supervisors, and managers.

  • The University's Professional and Organisational Development (POD) unit delivers research, leadership skills and training. 
  • Research Strategy and Services Central provides grant funding training and further support for those undertaking research.
  • The Library Services’ Research Skills team offers the ‘Influential Researcher’ courses to help build academic reputation.
  • University of Birmingham Enterprise provides bespoke help with business planning, intellectual property, product testing and translational funding.
  • Dedicated support and training for postdoctoral and early career researchers is offered through PERCAT (MDS), PERCAT (EPS and LES), ECARs (CoSS and CAL).


Professional Services