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Friday 18th September 2015 – Researcher Education & Development Conference. This inaugural conference was timely, and in-line with recent sector calls for the professionalisation of the researcher developer role. Those who develop research staff and students, were invited to strengthen their links to evidence-based practice and the impact agenda, by coming together to share and discover the scholarly work that underpins robust and innovative education of research staff and students.

new era of RDProgramme: The conference opened with keynote perspectives delivered by Dr Steve Hutchinson, researcher development consultant and author of Enhancing the Doctoral Experience: A Guide for Supervisors and their International Students, and was followed by paper presentations from colleagues in education, career, and learning & development disciplines who have a research interest across aspects of researcher development. Closing remarks were be offerred by Dr Tony Bromley, Associate Editor International Journal for Researcher Development, and ended in 5 pillars for an 'extraordinary future for researcher development'.

The conference leaders wish particularly to support practitioner engagement in scholarly work and research activity. This conference aimed to provide a supportive arena for the development of research data analysis and interpretation. We now encourage conference papers be submitted to the International Journal for Researcher Development for review and publication.

Venue: University of Sheffield, Halifax Hall, Endcliffe Vale Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S10 3ER. MAP HERE

Conference Developer: Kay Guccione ++ Conference Manager: Helen Cowen