Continuing Professional Development

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Continuing professional development (CPD) is integral to a successful career and impactful research.

The University of Sheffield has shown commitment to supporting the development of research staff by investing in the Think Ahead framework; a range of opportunities, information and guidance to support their personal and professional development.

We believe that there are opportunities for development everywhere.
Your development will occur through a myriad of experiences, such as; career discussions, mentoring, workshops, online learning, debate with colleagues and work shadowing. All of these and more can enable you to improve what you do and the way you do it.

Your Development

Identifying your CPD needs can happen as a planned process or instinctively as a response to currents gaps in skills or knowledge. Proactive planning is often the more calm and manageable approach. Please visit our 'Professional Development Planning' page for tools and processes that can assist you.

When you have identified your needs, please visit the 'Think Ahead events calendar' to find potential solutions. You can also browse the 'Think Ahead: Researcher Development' area of the LMS.

Development opportunities at the University of Sheffield are not limited to the Think Ahead framework.  There are a whole host of other opportunities, in a wide range of formats, to support your research or your wider career ambitions.  Here are a few of the options available to you: