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The RRDP comprises a wide range of sessions, workshops and activities that address your needs in the following areas:

  • knowledge and intellectual abilities
  • personal effectiveness
  • research governance and organisation
  • engagement, influence and impact.

These areas are based on the Researcher Development Framework (RDF), a nationally endorsed tool created by Vitae (a UK organisation that supports the professional development of researchers).


The RRDP is a compulsory part of your doctoral research programme. The minimum requirement for participation, depending on whether you are registered on a full-time or part-time programme, is set out below.

Year Full time Part time
1 5 RRDP sessions 3 RRDP sessions
2 3 RRDP sessions 2 RRDP sessions
3 3 RRDP sessions 2 RRDP sessions
4 n/a 2 RRDP sessions
5 n/a no minimum requirement

As a postgraduate researcher at Reading, the training sessions featured in the RRDP are free for you to attend.

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Which RRDPs would current PhD students reccommend?

The Open Access and Research Data  RRDP is a requirement for some students, check with your supervisors on this. It is also highly reccommended that you complete the Preparing to Teach series which count for RRDP, particularly if you intend to demonstrate at some point in your PhD.

Find out more here. However, note that RRDPs are commonly updated with student feedback and sometimes hosted by different people each time they are offered – so use this as a guide only.

Attending the Doctoral Research Conference and the Fairbrother Lecture count as one RRDP each. They might be a bit better if you’ve done all the regularly scheduled RRDPs that pique your interest.

Check the length of the RRDPs, regardless of how long it lasts, it is only worth one RRDP. We recommend choosing RRDPs that you know nothing about so that you get the most out of them.

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