Development Themes

The LDC Development Team provide a flexible programme that supports all postgraduate research students with their on-going professional and personal development.  This central programme  covers 7 key themes that support postgraduate researchers to progress in their research and prepare for their longer term future.

Taking Ownership of your PhD

Plan your PhD journey as a new researcher to develop into a confident and effective researcher


Gain skills and find support to manage the challenges of life as a researcher.


Develop the skills to communicate your research effectively through posters, presentations and writing.

Creative & Critical Thinking

Explore how to develop creative mindsets and skills for problem-solving, innovation and critical thinking.

Public Engagement

Acquire the skills to make your research count through sharing it with the wider public.


Take control of your own career planning and prepare for the next step in your career.


Practise leadership skills in guiding groups towards making decisions and resolving conflicts.