UCL Human Resources


Researcher Initiatives

Researcher Initiatives provides UCL researchers a chance to get involved in a variety of learning, networking, and community listening opportunities
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Festival of Early Stage Researchers (FESR)

Celebrate the invaluable contribution from UCL's early-stage research community to research and innovation.



Join a community of researchers using coaching skills to tackle work-related issues and goals.

Researcher development

Researcher-led Initiative Awards

The awards offers funding for ECRs, teaching staff and postdoctoral researchers.



A unique opportunity to gain practical news writing experience under expert supervision.


Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network (BPSN)

A network of leading HE institutions, to share best practice in skills training for doctoral researchers.

The brilliant club

The Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club provides PhDs and ECRs training in widening participation, research communication, and teaching.

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Developing grants & fellowships

A website providing staff with a variety of resources to support them with proposals, research funding and more.

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Language Support

Funding for doctoral researchers who need an additional foreign language to continue with their research.

Nature Master class

Nature Masterclass

Professional development training for academics and researchers to build their skills, confidence and careers.

Research and Innovation Portal

Research and Innovation Portal

Guidence and resources on how to complete and deliver your research project at UCL.

RDF Framework

Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

Explore the knowledge, behaviour and attributes needed to become a successful researcher.



Boost your academic writing every November. Share your best practice with the research community and start writing!

Heads of Department induction programme

Head of Department Induction

An induction programme to enable effective transition into becoming a newly appointed Head of Department.

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Advancing Principal Investigators

Develop the necessary skills and tools to lead a research team whilst developing your research career. (Grades 8-9)


Experienced Principal Investigators

A programme developed for senior researchers to reflect on their leadership skills and amplify their strategic planning.

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Leadership in Action (LiA)

An online leadership programme designed to prepare ECRs for leadership in their chosen research field, or within the wider community.

Lab Leaders Series

Lab Leaders Series

A collection of interviews with some of UCL's leading researchers providing an insight into what really matters when leading research teams.

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Women in Research (WiR)

An intensive programme designed to support leadership development and career planning of self-identifying female researchers.



Share your experience to foster a healthy and supportive research culture at UCL and for everyone involved in research.

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Concordat to Support the Career Development

Learn more about UCL HR Excellence action plan to demonstrate its commitment to supporting researcher communities.

Research Staff Consultative Group (RSCG)

Research Staff Consultative Group (RSCG)

Explore the The Research Staff Consultative Group (RSCG) advisory group.