Career Development

At the University of Leeds, we value all career options equally and want to help you make informed, sound and confident career choices and decisions, whichever path you choose.

Career Development for Researchers

The University of Leeds fully commits to the Researcher Development Concordat, which stipulates the responsibilities of our institution, funding bodies, research leaders and yourself in facilitating your career development – whatever your longer-term career aspirations might be.

Here at Leeds, you are part of a vibrant research community and a supportive community of alumni who continue to make strong contributions in many walks of life, and in many parts of the world: from academia to industry, in the charity sector, in private and public sector organisations, to start-ups. And some of them chose to start their own businesses or portfolio careers by combining their many talents, interests and ideas.

Research careers are rewarding and demanding in equal measure. At any given time, you might wonder how to manage your career well and achieve your career goals. But especially now, considering the immense global health and economic challenges we face all over the world, fulfilling your career aspirations might feel more uncertain than ever before. The university offers many choices to develop as a researcher and we are here to help you do exactly this.

Help is at hand for ALL our researchers!

You will find an increasing number and variety of careers materials created for all researchers at Leeds, from PGR to senior leaders. We are continuously sourcing, developing and adding fresh learning materials for you to engage with, learn from, and implement.

What's on offer?

Combining a mix of guest speakers, interactive workshops, self-guided resources and recorded events to equip you with the skills and confidence you need to manage your career.
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Interested in learning about challenge-led research? Develop skills in collaboration, negotiation, research leadership, interdisciplinary working, communication and bid development
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A range of self-guided and blended resources and links so you can learn what you need to learn, at a time and pace that suits you.  We will continuously add new materials as we produce them.
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Our career transition programme enabling ECRs to explore and pursue new career options outside of academic research.
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Career support for researchers who know what career direction they want to take but need some help to get there
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Find out how you can engage directly with Ruth Winden, the Consultant for Careers with Research.
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A range of resources to support those interested in pursuing an academic career.   From understanding what it means to be an academic, applying for fellowships or funding and getting recognition for your teaching or supervision.
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A new series featuring PGRs and ECRs who openly share their successful transitions across a wide range of career options.
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Coming soon:

We are rapidly building our resources and content.  Details will be added here as they are ready:

Developing a Compelling LinkedIn Profile
Exploring your Values
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Effective Job Search Strategies
Writing CVs and Mastering Interview Techniques

Access a full list of bookable courses via the main OD&PL website.  Watch out for announcements via email and on our twitter handle @resdevleeds.