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Researcher Development

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As an international research-intensive University, Cambridge aspires to the highest standards of support for its research staff and students, ensuring that each individual has access to a wide range of opportunities for their personal, professional and career development.

Following the cessation of Roberts funding, the University ring-fenced a funding stream for researcher development, demonstrating its commitment to researcher support, and established a Researcher Development Committee (RDC) to oversee and promote researcher development activity at all levels.

The work of the RDC builds on a process of continuous review and development to determine overall University Researcher Development strategy, oversee programme planning and evaluation, and ensure that researcher development activity is embedded in institutional strategies and processes. 

Over the Roberts years, each School, and each constituent Department, has designed a programme of activities to support its researchers and offer specialist guidance. Details of these programmes will be available from your Departmental administrator and/or your Graduate Office. These contacts can also advise you on any ideas you may have for new or additional researcher development activity in your Department. School representatives on the Researcher Development Committee are:

Professor Chris Young (School of Arts and Humanities)
Dr David Summers (School of Biological Sciences)
Professor John Sinclair (Clinical School)
Professor Martin Jones (School of the Humanities and Social Sciences)
Dr Rachael Padman (School of Physical Sciences)
Dr Andrew Rice (School of Technology)
Mrs Karina Prasad (Office of Postdoctoral Affairs).


For information on Researcher Development Funding Bids 2015-2016 for the Graduate School of Life Sciences, please click here.



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