Skip to content

Personal Development Management System

Passport to Research Futures

Key details: Please discuss this programme and obtain approval from your manager before submitting a request. Flexible Continuing Professional Development (CPD) package for contract research staff, early career academics and professional staff involved in research

Request place


  • Academic staff
  • Professional staff
  • Research staff

Programme information

A development programme for research staff,early career academics and professional staff who support research

The Passport to Research Futures (PRF) programme provides a structured but flexible Continuing Professional Development (CPD) package for all research staffand early career academics across all disciplines. In 2019, alongside the launch of the Technician Commitment,the programme was opened up professional staff who support research.

The purpose of the programme is to help participants focus oncareer planning, professional development and employability.

View the latest Programme Guide

The programme has been recognised by theILM and includes a range of development activities, including:

Visit the Passport to Research Futures homepage

Vsit the Contract Researcher (CoRe)Skills homepage

View the OSDS interin programme for research staff


Pick-and-mix format to suit your needs:

The programme is a based on a pick-and-mix format combining a small number of core components with a selection of optional activities. Once you join the programme you choose which elements you want to complete. Use your access to the RDF planner to focus on your professional development and guide your activity choices.

The programme is structured around 9Units, each including one or more activities. There are a number ofworkshop-based activitieswithin each of the 9 Units, of which5are corecomponents.

Complete 5 core subunits plus any6 optionalsubunits to gain a University certificate
Complete 5 core subunits and7 ILM subunits to gain an internationally-recogniseddevelopment award

Tracking your progress:

Once accepted onto the programme, you will be able to view which activities you have already completed (including in the 3 years prior to programme sign-up), which you have booked and which you still have to complete. Login to your PDMS Training Record where your Programme Courses and your Individual Courses attendance record will appear.

Prior learning:

If you have attended similar training elsewhere we can 'Accredit Prior Learning' provided you can provide evidence that proves completion and allows us to map the content against our own standards.

Problems, queries, suggestions & feedback:

Please feel free to contact


7 courses - you have to complete 5 of these.

  • Career paths for research staff
  • Career planning and self development
  • Careers beyond research: applying your skills outside academia
  • Diversity in the Workplace Essential Elearning Module
  • Passport to Research Futures: programme orientation
  • Planning and managing your research career
  • Unconscious Bias Essential Elearning Module


34 courses - these are all optional.

  • Attracting your own research funding: writing and applying for fellowships
  • Communicating your research (ILM)
  • CVs and job applications (academic and non-academic) (ILM)
  • Funny research: Bright Club stand-up comedy workshop
  • Innovation, collaboration & business insights (ILM)
  • Intellectual Property (IP) - your most important asset? (ILM)
  • Interview Skills: Academic and Competency based interviews (ILM)
  • Lunchtime Legends: Engaging with the Public - Schools and Public Engagement
  • Lunchtime Legends: Engaging with the Public - Working with Broadcast Media
  • Lunchtime Legends: From Post-Doc to Lecturer (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Lunchtime Legends: From Post-Doc to Lecturer (Sciences)
  • Lunchtime Legends: Getting Published (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Lunchtime Legends: Getting Published (Sciences)
  • Lunchtime Legends: Leading a Research Group (ILM)
  • Making a Movie (ILM)
  • Managing people in research teams (ILM)
  • Managing Research Information: an introduction to impact, open access, Pure, data management (ILM)
  • Managing Research Information: impact in depth
  • Managing Research Information: publishing research data
  • Managing Research Information: Pure, hands-on training
  • Practical public engagement
  • Professional networking for researchers: strategy & engaging
  • Project Management: an Introduction (ILM)
  • Psychometric masterclass: thinking styles and team roles (ILM)
  • Recruitment and Selection (Academic and Research Staff) (ILM)
  • Research commercialisation as impact (ILM)
  • Research Funding: An Introduction
  • Research Funding: how to prepare a competitive application (AHSS)
  • Research Funding: how to prepare a competitive application (Sciences)
  • Resilience in the face of change - part 1
  • Resilience in the face of change - part 2
  • The Why and How of Research Commercialisation (ILM)
  • Time Management for Academics and Researchers (ILM)
  • Writing Retreat

Programme organiser