Support and career development
The University offers a range of resources to help you plan your personal and career development.
The Careers Centre’s resources are available to all students and staff, including researchers. Online materials, career skills workshops and one-to-one advice sessions are all on offer. Our advisers cover a range of academic and occupational subject areas; if you would like to discuss matters specific to your research career, please arrange to see Dr. Bhavya Rao, our researcher adviser.
Also consider whether the learned society or professional body for your field offers training or advice:
- Royal Society of Chemistry
- Society of Biology
- Institute of Physics
- Institute of Historical Research
- Royal Society of Arts (in full, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)
- Society for the Study of Theology
- Creative Skillset - industry body supporting UK creative industries
The Centre for Academic, Professional & Organisational Development (CAPOD) is responsible for a full range of development opportunities for all staff and students to help maintain the University’s place at the cutting edge of all research, learning and teaching activity.
CAPOD oversees the Early Career Academic mentoring scheme, which you can take advantage of either as a mentee or a mentor. Run in collaboration with the University of Dundee, the scheme gives you the opportunity to exchange ideas and advice with academics in other Schools or disciplines.
- The Passport to Research Futures programme provides workshops and support for research staff
- The GRADskills programme serves a similar function for PhD students
Your contacts at CAPOD are Jos Finer (jaf21, Research Staff), and Heather McKiggan-Fee (hcm, PhD researchers).
Women in science; Athena SWAN
The University's Equality & Diversity Officer is Sukhi Bains, who has produced extensive material on the support and guidance available on issues relating to equality in the workplace, for all members of the University.
In recognition of its growing support for women in scientific research, the University was awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in April 2013. The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme which recognises excellence in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) employment for women in higher education, launched in June 2005. Any university or research institution which is committed to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in SET in higher education and research can apply for membership. With the institutional Bronze Award in place, individual Schools within the University can now apply for their own awards, to take the process forward.
As part of this process, Athena representatives have been nominated in each science School as a contact for issues relating to women science researchers. Other funding and resources to support women researchers include:
- Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, German-based research foundation
- British Federation of Women Graduates scholarships for academic excellence
- Daphne Jackson fellowships, to facilitate return to work after a career break
- Dorothy Hodgkin fellowships
- FEBS | EMBO Women In Science award
- Funds for Women Graduates grants for living expenses
- Helmholtz Postdoctoral programme
- L'Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland fellowships for Women In Science
- Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award for women in science
- STFC Return to Research bursaries
- Wellcome Trust Career Re-entry fellowships
- Girl Geek Scotland, a community for women interested in computing, business and creativity
- Interconnect, a network for women studying science, engineering, technology and the built environment across Scotland
- MentorSET, mentoring scheme for women in the sciences
- Mothers In Science, a 2009 Royal Society-funded showcase of 64 researchers combining science and motherhood
- National Girls Collaborative Project, US-based scheme encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM
- Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology
- Scottish Women in Games, special interest group within the computer gaming industry
- STEMinism UK
- Women in Technology UK
Vitae is the organisation responsible for championing researcher development across the UK. Their website offers a variety of resources, reports and case studies on careers pursued by researchers.
- The Scotland & Northern Ireland Hub is based in Edinburgh and coordinates activities across all Scottish Universities.
- They also run training courses and events throughout the year.
- Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework lays out the professional and transferable skills which can be gained from academic research, and which form the basis for much of the skills support from CAPOD for researchers. The RDF can be a useful tool in auditing your skills and marketing your research.
Q6. Research staff and teaching fellows are given the opportunity to undertake an annual professional development review through their line manager, as a means of assessing their development and planning the year ahead. This takes the form of Q6 at St Andrews, full details of which can be found here.