About Researcher Development at Exeter

The Researcher Development Team within the University of Exeter Doctoral College works with Colleges to:

  • Develop world-class research students and early career research only staff (postdocs) – through generic research-related skills acquisition, team-working and networking opportunities
  • Encourage confident and independent learners – through a stimulating, challenging and inter-disciplinary training environment
  • Ensure our research students and early career researchers are globally competitive, and effective at work, in academia or beyond – through labour-market informed employability and career management provision.

We are not the only ones who think your personal and professional development is important. The programmes at Exeter are influenced by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the national organisation for researcher development, Vitae. In addition, the quality of our programmes is evidenced by the University's retention of the European Commission's HR Excellence in Research Award

We look forward to meeting and working with you over the coming months and years. Meet the team.


The Concordat

The Concordat sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders. It aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.



The role of the Research Council funded VITAE programme is to ensure that all postgraduate researchers and research staff are fully equipped and encouraged to complete their research projects, and to make successful transitions to their future careers.



RCUK is a strategic partnership through which the UK’s seven Research Councils work together to champion the research, training and innovation they support.