News from the Researcher Development and Training Programme

News from the Researcher Development and Training Programme

Each term, the Humanities Researcher Development and Training Programme delivers around 50 face-to-face workshops with around 600 participants. For Trinity Term 2020, we’re following University guidance on remote teaching and will not be offering any in-person events.

We recognise that this is a time when researchers’ priorities are changing on all fronts. For some, it will be a time when training and development is nowhere near the top of the list of personal and professional concerns – and that is absolutely OK. We encourage you to focus on what’s important to you at this moment; you can be assured that we’ll still be here whenever you need us. We hope to run all of this term’s workshops again next term, and to make as many resources as possible available in perpetuity.

For others, this time might release some capacity in your obligations and your headspace to engage in activities you’ve never tried before, or you might be seeking more connection with other researchers.

In light of this, we’ve designed our Trinity Term programme with two distinct strands:

  • A scaled-down version of our face-to-face programme that includes our most popular workshops and events, all to be delivered remotely (via MS Teams or Zoom). These will include:
    • The Baillie Gifford Writing Partnerships Programme
    • Shut Up and Write
    • Heritage Pathway – including a series of new twitter chats
    • Storytelling – including two new sessions on perfecting your research ‘pitch’ and writing engaging blog posts
    • Introduction To Writing For ‘The Conversation’


  • An enhanced set of online resources, structured according to our well-established ‘training pathways’, for you to access wherever and whenever you need them. We are also including a section of resources on connecting with other researchers during the lockdown.

Given the short turnaround time we’ve had to adapt our programme to online formats, we’ll be ‘releasing’ resources and booking links for online events as and when they are ready (rather than releasing a finished programme in 0th week as we usually do). Everything will be accessible from the Researcher Training pages – use the ‘events’ tab for virtual workshops and writing events, and the ‘resources’ tab for other content (organised by training pathway) relating to your personal and professional development.

If you have any questions, suggestions for resources or workshops, or would just like to get in touch, you can email us (Caroline and Michelle) at