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Researcher Development

The University is committed to the principles outlined in the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The Concordat sets out a vision of working practices, roles and responsibilities that is believed will further the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK, and thus ensure the continued provision of well-trained, talented and motivated researchers that is essential to the continuation of research excellence.

The Vitae website exists to provide extensive, relevant and timely content to researchers and others with an interest in researcher development. Researchers can map their professional development using the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) and app.


Researcher Development Training

We provide training and professional development opportunities to our postgraduate community through the Graduate School:

  • Seminars and a programme of researcher development workshops booked through the Graduate School Calendar of Events
  • Short-courses. e.g.  Introduction to Teaching, learning and Assessment in Higher Education and Research Methods
  • Access to the Epigeum on-line Research Skills Master Programme.
  • Access to development opportunities and masterclasses through Scottish Research Pooling (SICSA, SAGES+, SIPR), the Scottish Graduate Schools (SGSAH & SGSSS) and Enterprise Campus.
  • Public engagement and outreach opportunities through our OPEN Office.
  • Placement and Teaching opportunities

Career Development Policies     


Athena Swan

Abertay University holds Athena SWAN bronze award status, a recognition of its commitment to advancing women's careers in STEM subjects, in both teaching and research.  For full details of what the award means, visit the dedicated page on the ECU website.