Staff development

POD development guides

People and Organisational Development

The University via People and Organisational Development (POD) provides a varied programme of training to support the professional development of postdoctoral researchers. 

Making Your Mark – Introduction to impact and engagement

The next “Making Your Mark – Introduction to impact and engagement” session is taking place on 24 February 2015

  • Who it is suitable for
    You are a researcher looking to develop your skills in engaging with all those connected to your research and enhancing the impact that you and your research can have.
  • What you will be able to do after the course
    You will be able to promote yourself and your work in your current research context and to contribute to the ongoing Impact Agenda.

Vitae Researcher Development Framework - Pilot

Some of you may have heard about the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF). For those who have not, the RDF is a significant approach to developing world-class researchers. It identifies the knowledge, behaviour and attributes of successful researchers. It helps them maximise their potential and get the most out of their career by developing these attributes. 

What is involved?

  • You will be invited to a launch event, at the end of February, to introduce you to the Framework and The Planner.
  • You will be enrolled on the system. You will have access for 3 months (February – May)
  • You are asked to use the system over the trial period and assess how useful and useable it is and might be for researchers across the University.
  • You will be contacted in June to provide feedback on your experience.
  • There is NO COST to you or your school for taking part

Your involvement is important to help us make a decision on whether or not to invest in this facility. If you are interested in taking part please Vincent O’Grady with your University ID and School / College details.

Ethics Training

You may already be aware that as part of the University’s ongoing commitment to research integrity, the Ethics Team are offering termly training sessions for any new research staff and postgraduate research students in relation to the central ethics review process.
These sessions will last be for an hour, and will cover areas such as: 

  • Why is ethical review required?
  • When is ethical review required?
  • How do I apply for ethical approval?
  • What is the process for applying for central University ethical approval (including some hints and tips)? NHS and animal work will not be covered

There will also be opportunities to ask questions and discuss issues. 
The next session will be on Tuesday 3 March 2015, 12pm – 1pm, Watson Building.  
Further details

Human Resources

Human Resources look after the relationship between staff members and the University. The team supports professional goals and development of staff, and also wellbeing at work. They also manage employment policies and conditions, staff recruitment and induction, benefits, salaries and much more.

"Your benefit choices" is a new document sent to all new employees at the University of Birmingham.




Vitae provides support and advice to research staff across the UK