Bath Spa University offers many professional development opportunities for both staff and students.

We are committed to the further development of our staff and research students.

The Researcher Development team runs a comprehensive programme of training workshops and events which address the development needs of the research community.

This is informed by Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF), divided into four research pathways:

  • Leadership, Supervision and Career Development
  • Research Funding
  • Presentation and Publishing
  • Collaboration, Interdisciplinarity and Public Engagement

Find our full programme of workshops and events via Bath Spa Live.

Case studies

Hannah Sackett: Small Press Publishing


In May 2017 I was granted money from the Seed Fund to run a workshop on small press publishing. I was keen to run this workshop, as I am interested in the role of small press publications (including zines, comics and artists’ books) within academia – in terms of practice, communication, public engagement and as the subject of research. This interest is related to my PhD research, part of which involves the study of small press comics made by children and adults.

Staff from across (and outside) the university were incredibly helpful and supportive with the development of the workshop, and I ended up with a brilliant line up of speakers. The half-day workshop ran at Corsham Court, and participants included a poet, cartoonists, an artist and an IfE PhD student.

I learnt a huge amount from running the workshop – both in terms of how to organise an event and in terms of new knowledge that will benefit my own research. In terms of planning and organisation, the main thing I learnt is that practical sessions need plenty of time! The book making session should have been much longer, as everyone became absorbed in their creations and would have liked more time to experiment with different methods and materials.

Running the workshop was a brilliant way to make connections – with people and new strands of research. I’m very grateful to have been given this funding, and I would love to organise a follow up event sometime in the next academic year. I’m looking forward to attending other workshops in the Seed Funding Programme.

Michael Pennington: Dealing with Data


I had a great time being involved with organising and hosting a workshop in the Seed Fund series. My session was specifically focused on dealing with the data researchers encounter during their work, and included collaborative group discussions on data management and planning throughout PhD studies.

The event truly centred around a fantastic and interactive talk from Dr. Katie Rickard on how postgraduate researchers can make the most of the library’s wide-ranging services. I wanted to offer researchers an event where they could feel relaxed and comfortable in discussion their research with others, whilst providing a valuable discussion surrounding our wonderful library. I am really proud with the results and I believe that everyone who attended the event enjoyed the session and took away something important when managing data or using the library.

I did encounter hurdles on my journey through planning my session. The most significant being that I could not secure a second speaker for my event due to clashing dates. Although this was disheartening, it empowered me to take the session in place of my planned speaker. Hosting a session is initially terrifying! However, those feelings quickly dissipate and it is thrilling, challenging and fun to host a workshop like this. It gives you the bug to do it all over again, and I hope that as a result of the Seed Funding Series that I will have more opportunities to do similar work in the future.

The official Bath Spa University Research Twitter is also an excellent source for news of upcoming events, and more.

For more information about our Researcher Development program, please contact researcher.development@bathspa.ac.uk

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