Training opportunities from other providers

Exeter BRC members have access to a wealth of training and professional development opportunities

As an NIHR Exeter BRC member, you have access to a wealth of training and professional development opportunities to support you in your career progression.

We encourage all members to make the most of these – explore the highlights below.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

If you’re looking for a career and not just a job, the Royal Devon is the place for you. With an established track record for bright and impassioned individuals, they’ll welcome you into the fold with learning and development opportunities and a package of support, benefits and guidance to enhance your wellbeing and transform your skillset.

Explore Training and Development Opportunities at the Royal Devon

University of Exeter

Doctoral College

The University of Exeter’s Doctoral College stimulates, supports and sustains a vibrant research and intellectual environment across and between disciplines for postgraduate and early career researchers. Focusing on investment and development in training, resources and facilities, they provide an outstanding quality experience for those in the early stages of their research careers.

  • Training and Development – researcher development essentials, data essentials, writing essentials, sharing your research essentials and career development essentials.
  • Postgraduate Research Showcase – provides an opportunity to promote the up and coming talent of Exeter’s research base and give postgraduate researchers the opportunity to develop their presentation, communication, and impact skills.
  • Researcher-led Initiative Award – annual funds to support the development and cascading of personal, professional and career management skills by and for postgraduate research students and early career research staff across the University of Exeter.
  • PGR Study Space – an online space to work alongside other PGRs, run by PGRs. These are facilitated sessions using the pomodoro technique. This environment offers support and friendship. For more information, follow them on twitter @PGRStudySpace.

Early Career Researchers Hub

The Early Career Researcher (ECR) hub support ECRs in training and development; initiatives and funding; support; news and events.

  • Researcher Development training programme providing access to courses mapped against the national Researcher Development Framework, a tool that helps you consider your professional development as a rounded researcher. Topics include: research ethics review, conducting effective PPIE, developing effective networks for research projects and sharing research data.
  • Dedicated careers coach with whom you are able to book a 1-2-1 appointment to discuss your next steps and options.
  • The Research and Innovation Essentials Series gives vital information to researchers about the research grant lifestyle, from application to grant management. Researcher Development Training Programme (part of the ECR hub)
  • Access to any of the courses ran centrally by the Learning and Development team.
  • The Exeter Academic focuses on how the University continues to create the right environment for our academic community to be the best that they can be.
  • The Open Research team supports Research Data Management and Open Access. That includes the institutional repository ORE, central open access funds and publishers’ agreements to publish in open access without costs.

Leadership Training

  • UoE Management Essentials – aimed at colleagues looking to build fundamental skills and knowledge of people management. Colleagues on this pathway are likely to be new to their managerial role or still in the early stages of their management journey.
  • The Leadership Difference – this is the University’s core leadership development programme for Academic and Professional Services leaders. The programme promotes a professional and supportive leadership community and recognises the role of leadership in enabling our institutional ambitions and embedding the Universities values.

Additional opportunities for Women Leaders include:


Every researcher, regardless of discipline or career level, can make a valuable contribution to policy-making, and there are various routes you can take to engage with policy-makers in a way that is relevant to your research and fits into your impact strategy. Policy@Exeter Resources Hub provide a monthly programme of in-house training and advice sessions. These sessions are available to all members of staff and students at the University regardless of career level or discipline.

Get in touch with the UoE Policy Team if you have any questions or would like a 1:1 to discuss how to develop your policy engagement strategy.

You can subscribe to their newsletter here to be kept up to date.

Coding for Reproducible Research

TheCoding for Reproducible Research team delivers a series of hybrid workshops focused on supporting research staff to develop and expand their computing skills. The programme covers training relating to good practise and reproducible working methods that is designed to be agnostic of programming language.

Courses to be offered include the below:

  • Introduction to R – Beginner to Intermediate (3-part course)
  • Computational Thinking (2-part course)
  • Introduction to Unix (2-part course)
  • Introduction to Python (2-part course)
  • Introduction to Software Development for Research (2-part course)

Visit the website for further details and upcoming courses.

Faculty, Department and Discipline Opportunities

Training and development opportunities at both the Faculty and/or Department or Discipline level are also available for you to access.

University Software Engineering Group

The University has created a centralised Research Software Engineering (RSE) group that will assist the research community with complex and bespoke research software needs. You can find out about all the courses they offer on their website. If there is a course you are particularly interested in attending, please sign up to their mailing list to get priority notification of when it opens.

Mentoring Programmes

Early Career Researchers have access to the One Step Beyond mentoring scheme, an academic mentoring scheme which spans across all faculties. Participating in the scheme is an entirely voluntary, but formal, arrangement whereby a mentor, outside the reporting relationship, holds regular meetings to support the development of a less experience member of staff. This could be someone at a higher grade or a peer who has experience in the areas you have identified.


A long-standing cornerstone of the professional development opportunities offered by GW4 Alliance, theshared training scheme facilitates the principle of freedom of movement by allowing staff and students at any GW4 university to access the training and resources from across the four institutions – Exeter, Bath, Bristol and Cardiff.

GW4 offers a range of funding and development opportunities across the four universities, available to both staff and doctoral students to support the research endeavour (including collaborative research networks, expert training opportunities and shared resources e.g. GW4 Treasures and shared equipment). The GW4 also hosts a range ofevents.

Training highlights include:

  • GW4 Connect – a suite of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) programmes which will bring together postgraduate researchers from diverse backgrounds to form networks of support for marginalised and underrepresented communities in higher education.
  • GW4 Crucible – an early career researcher leadership development programme that brings together 30 competitively selected future research leaders to explore how you can enhance your career through interdisciplinary, cross-institutional research leadership and collaboration.

The Academy of Medical Sciences

The Academy of Medical Sciences is a champion for those working in biomedical and health research in the UK. They offer an innovative range of programmes and career development work supporting biomedical and health researchers, encouraging people to embark on a career in medical research. Highlights are outlined below:

University of Plymouth

Developing a research skilled workforce is an NHS England South West-funded work programme to promote engagement with the regional research strategy and create sustainable research skills, capacity, and capabilities for all health and care professionals. The programme includes building relationships, collaborating with Integrated Care Boards and provider organisations, identifying good practice, and rolling out supportive, sustainable structures.