Researcher Development Opportunities

This page signposts the main professional services departments that provide researcher development opportunities for PhD students across the University. Broadly these opportunities are there to help you progress well with your PhD and develop broader research skills, maintain a good work/life balance and prepare you for a successful career path after your PhD. The majority of opportunities are advertised on the DDP website.


The Careers Service facilitates PhD students to discover career opportunities, make decisions and market themselves effectively. They list upcoming workshops specifically for PhD students on the Research Skills Seminars section of the DDP portal and provide one-to-one advice on job applications and self-marketing, including CVs and application forms for both academic and non-academic careers. For further information email Jane Simm or Kevin Mahoney.

301 Student Skills & Development

Based at 301 Glossop Road, 301 provide academic skills workshops and one-to-one tutorials. These cover a broad range of topics including: Time Management, Reflecting on your Skills, and Academic Writing. For more information, visit their website at

CICS (Corporate Information and Computing Services)

CICS deliver a range of workshops and provide access to online video tutorials to enable you to make the most out of a broad range of computer programmes and online resources. They list upcoming workshops specifically for PhD students on the Research Skills Seminars section of the DDP portal, and you can get access to online video tutorials through Sheffield MUSE by clicking on under all services.

Maths and Statistics Help (MASH)

Based at 301 Glossop Road, MASH can provide one-to-one support and advice if you are struggling with quantitative aspects of your research. They also deliver workshops that address common difficulties and skill gaps. If you require further information, please visit the MASH website at

Writing Advisory Service

Based at the English Language Teaching Centre, the Writing Advisory Service can provide feedback on your written work and help you to develop your written communication skills. However, they do not provide a proof reading service. For further information please visit


The Library provides access to a broad range of online and print resources to support you through the research process. These give advice on finding, evaluating, and interpreting relevant information, as well as writing scientific papers and theses. To access these resources please visit

Counselling Service

The Counselling Service offers a range of workshops to help you develop skills including stress management, assertive communication, and leadership and emotional resilience. Find out more information about all the services the Counselling Service offer at