Careers Centre

The Careers Centre offers fixed-term early career research and postdoctoral staff one-to-one support with their careers, including: 

  • Discussions about careers within or outside academia
  • Advice on writing effective CVs and applications
  • Preparation for interviews, assessment centres and networking. 

 Their website also has many resources, such as:

  • A subscription to Vitae (the recognised personal development portal for researchers)
  • Sector-specific information
  • Vacancy databases
  • International careers information
  • Advice on where to find funding


Organisational and Staff Development Services (OSDS) provide a range of training opportunities for all types of staff, both academic and professional.

Research Leave

Academic staff who have an education and research contract, whether full or part time, can apply for research leave after completing a certain number of semesters/years continuous service as a member of the academic staff of the University. Please note that academic staff means service in the category of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, or Professor. Research leave does not apply to Education Focused or Research only colleagues nor those on Graduate Tutor contracts. For further detail, please refer to School guidance, which may vary between Schools: staff should find this publicised within the School, and available from their Director of Research.

Mentoring Scheme

The University operates a mentoring scheme for both academic and professional staff.

IT Training and Certification

For those looking to improve their IT skills profile, the opportunity to achieve a Microsoft-backed qualification to validate desktop computer skills is available free to all staff. The University, through CEED, is licensed to offer Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications (MOS), an industry-standard qualification which administers a task-based exam based on the Microsoft Office 2010 suite of programs. Resources are available to help prepare for the exams and along with the exams are offered at no additional cost to staff. For more information see the MOS web pages