Information for supervisors, PIs and College based staff

This section of our website is dedicated to those who supervise or manage research students and/or early career researchers (post-docs) at Exeter.

We encourage you to support research students and early career researchers that you supervise/line manage and to support them to regularly engage in wider personal and professional development described on this website and the links to other University provisions.

Our provision aims to develop even better researchers who are highly effective at work. Such developmental conversations can take part informally, but also as part of formal annual research student monitoring and, for research staff, the university Professional Development Review (PDR) cycle.

For a full list of courses open to Postgraduate Research students click here

For a full list of courses open to Early Career Research staff (ECRs) click here

There are also a variety of online resources to support research students and research staff to enhance their research – from project management support to getting published, as part of Researcher Development Online.

The Researcher Development Team can also help to support any grant writing / funding bids that require statements on researcher development provision at Exeter. Please get in touch with the Researcher Development Team.

Other sources of information and support

Vitae's Researcher Development Framework is a fundamental tool in planning researcher development. It articulates the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers and encourages them to aspire to excellence through achieving higher levels of development. The framework is a comprehensive new approach to enhancing the careers of researchers. It was developed by, and for, researchers, in consultation with academic and non-academic employers.

The University has a doctoral supervision website with advice and guidance for supervisors. In addition, Vitae’s supervising a doctorate pages provide useful information for new supervisors or those who wish to revisit their roles and responsibilities.

The University's Staff Learning and Development team offer information on Leading Research Staff.

Every researcher counts is the Higher Education Funding Council for England funded project, to improve equality and diversity in researcher careers.

The Vitae policy and practice website provides up-to-date information on initiatives affecting researchers in the UK and across Europe.