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One-to-One Development

At Bradford, we pride ourselves on our friendly community approach to your research degree experience.

In addition to group training, some University services also offer individually-tailored researcher development through one-to-one appointments or drop-in services.

Each service offers different specialisms, depending upon their area of expertise, so it is worth visiting their websites for service information before booking.

Career and employability services

Researcher Development

You can book a one-to-one appointment with a researcher developer to get advice and guidance on any research skills from the RDF domains for PhD or DBA.

Whether you are excelling already and just want to make the most of what the university has to offer, have something from your Training Needs Analysis that requires attention, or even if you're finding some aspects of doctoral study challenging, we can help. Appointments are currently offered to all by MS Teams and in-person.

  • Researching off-campus, extra-murally or part-time is fine - flexible appointment times are available to suit your needs.

Which skills can you develop?

Any of the following from the Researcher Development Framework (from Vitae)

Vitae skills wheel.

As part of Postgraduate Researcher Development, the following are examples of transferable skills from the RDF domains:

  • Analysis and critical thinking (RDF A2 & A3).
  • Problem-solving and creative solutions (RDF A2 & A3).
  • Research philosophy, designing research and methodological skills (RDF A1).
  • Ethics and ethical approval (RDF A1, C1 & C2).
  • Personal effectiveness and self-management (RDF B1 & B2).
  • Personal/professional development such as goal-setting and action-planning (RDF B2 & A3).
  • Professional research conduct and communication (RDF C1 & D2).
  • Reflective practice and reflexivity for research (RDF A1, A2, A3, B1, B2 & B3).
  • Managing research as a project (RDF C2).
  • Working successfully with others (RDF B3 & D1).
  • Critical reading & reviewing (RDF A1, A2 & A3).
  • Presenting (RDF B1, D2 & D3).
  • Viva skills for the viva voce (RDF B1, B2, C1 & D2).
  • Dissemination-related skills (RDF D2).
  • PDP skills including, but not limited to, the Researcher Development Framework & using Vitae resources for professional development (RDF B3).

Proofing and checking of theses, reports or other doctoral-level writing

  • We teach skills & methodologies, and offer advice and guidance. We do not offer vetting, checking or proofing of doctoral work or publication drafts.
  • If you'd like information on the University's regulations around MPhil and doctoral theses and proof-reading, please see the Declaration of English Language Assistance form in this list of documents provided by our PGR Administration team.

Career and Employability Services

Career Consultants can give you individual advice on all aspects of identifying, preparing, and applying for posts or career-enhancing exchanges or positions, whether you pursue a profession outside or inside academia.

Subject Librarians

The J.B. Priestley Library not only provides access to resources and researcher training but you can arrange an appointment with your Subject Librarian for advice on searching, managing literature storage and cititation, copyright and many other aspects of researcher information literacy.

The Language Centre

  • You can find out about their academic language skills classes by checking their schedule of sessions (below) and enrolling in their Canvas area.
  • As a doctoral researcher, you can make an appointment to see an English for Academic Purposes Lecturer to get personalised language development.
  • Contact Dr Tim Green to arrange (

The Disability Service

If you have additional learning needs, this service provides specialist guidance on tools, tech, adjustments and further support.


The Counselling Service

In addition to counselling and therapy, the team offer help with developing intrapersonal skills, such as tackling procrastination, building confidence, resilience, and coping strategies.