Researcher Education & Development Scholarship Conference 2017

Details and information of the inaugural Research Education and Development Conference, held on 12th October 2017.



The 2017 conference discussed the notion of embedding opportunities for broader development for doctoral and early career researchers, which is now well established in many universities internationally, supported by the requirements of funders of research. Demand for provision of development programmes continues to grow, mirroring university research strategies which now consistently speak of growth in research capacity by increasing targets in research income and doctoral numbers.

Additionally, it was recognised that the career landscape for doctoral graduates is now characterised more fully than when we initially launched development programmes 10 years ago, and that early career researchers need to develop an ever broader skillset to be successful in research.

We must work to equip researchers with the skills, behaviours, and attitudes that match employer needs inside and outside of HE contexts. Our discussions were mindful of the financial cost of higher study, and the impact this could have on the choice to pursue doctorates. We feel increasing pressure to make sure the doctorate represents value as a career endeavour.

As such, we as developers can expect to face further volume increases, changing priorities, and fresh employability challenges, and each of us should examine whether our established pedagogies and programme concepts are appropriate for the future of the development of researchers.

Download the full programme (PDF, 76KB)


REDS 2017 presented new outlooks on the development of researchers in a changed landscape: pedagogy and theory.



University of Leeds


Conference Host: Tony Bromley,

Conference Manager: Kuldip Banger,


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Keynote presentation: Linda Evans (PDF, 1,266KB)

Katherine Taylor, "Having the Time to Become Doctoral" (pptx, 4,460KB)

Mary Beth Benbenek, "Should building creative competencies be central to researcher development?" (PDF, 378KB)

Richard Freeman and Martin Oliver, "Making space to study: student experiences of managing time and space in an Online MPhil/PhD" (PDF, 1,559KB)

Heidi Collins, Ismail Ait Saadi and D.P Dash, "Refocusing Research Education in Malaysia: Challenges of Shifting From Research Output to Researcher Development" (pptx, 1,775KB)

Mary Beth Kneafsey and Elizabeth Adams, "Supporting diverse PGR journeys through researcher communities" (pptx, 4,240KB)

Lorna Warnock and Amanda Barnes, "Challenging values and attitudes that support Researcher Development?" (pptx, 1,023KB)

Heather Sears, Kieran Fenby-Hulse and Rebekah Smith McGloin, "Finding our Feet: Establishing a Theoretical Base for Developing Research Capability" (PDF, 2,381KB)

Sandrine Soubes, "Exploring mechanisms of academic reproduction and positioning within the field of postdoctoral research" (PDF, 10,205KB)

Julie Reeves, "Towards a theory of development in Higher Education: What is the relevant model of development in HE?" (pptx, 251KB)

Christos Petichakis, Eli Saetnan and Lynn Clark, "The lived experiences of current Research Fellows in prestigious fellowship schemes" (pptx, 141KB)

Tony Bromley, "Rethinking Skills: the Dynamic Development Model" (pptx, 1,537KB)

Kay Guccione, "Teach early, teach often: self-awareness and coaching as enablers of supervisory development" (pptx, 179KB)

Sigrid Lipka, "Development programmes for new doctoral supervisors – do they work?" (PDF, 885KB)

Niall Oddy, "What do researchers want? Investigating PhD students’ perceptions of skills development" (pptx, 228KB)

Christine Daoutis and Christian Gilliam, "Adopting open research practices: engaging doctoral students through debate-based learning" (pptx, 2,497KB)

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