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Researcher's Toolkit: B3 - Professional and career development

This researcher's toolkit has been developed to offer you practical advice and suggestions to help you design, carry out and write up a research project.

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The University of Suffolk provides networking opportunities and training to staff predominately through the Researcher Development Programme 

This area of staff development includes sessions, courses and information to assist academic staff and research degree students in gaining the knowledge of standards, requirements and professional conduct that are needed for the effective management of research. University of Suffolk works with external speakers to provide training and share best practice.

Content from these sessions is shared in this toolkit.

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ResearchGate is a social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators.


Our mission is to connect researchers and make it easy for them to share and access scientific output, knowledge, and expertise. On ResearchGate they find what they need to advance their research.

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Professional development for researchers

Vitae professional development for researchers pages:

  • Why focus on professional development?
  • Advice and resources - by topic
  • Vitae Researcher Development Framework
  • Planning your professional development
  • Practical resources for researcher developers
  • Collections

Professional development planning for researchers online course - Step-by-step guide to career planning for researchers 


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