Research Staff Career Development

helping you reach your personal and professional potential

At LSE, we're passionate about helping you achieve your career goals.

To achieve these goals, it may be necessary for you to develop new skills, gain experience and knowledge of a new discipline, or undertake a qualification.

Set out below, are the various opportunities and resources available to research staff in this journey.

HR Organisational Learning

A range of workshops specifically designed for research staff are coordinated by the HR Organisational Learning team.

There is also a full range of general courses open to all staff, many of which are appropriate to research staff.  View the course programme here.

Research staff can also apply for External Funding for access to more specialised provision for which there is not the demand and/or expertise at LSE.

The Eden Centre

The Eden Centre supports the development and delivery of excellent teaching and learning in the social sciences at the school. 

Full details of the support available can be found on the Eden Centre's website.

Research and Innovation

Research and Innovation can support you in developing your grant winning skills, building your funding plans and indentiying funding opportunities for your project ideas.

Full details of the support available can be found on the Research and Innovation website.

LSE Careers

LSE Careers support the career progression of research staff.

As a member of staff on a fixed term contract, LSE Careers supports your career progression. We can help you look after your career and plan ahead strategically to make the most of the next transition and your longer term career development.

Catherine Reynolds is the Careers Consultant with responsibility for working with research staff and PhD students.

Careers services

The services we provide are confidential and not linked to your department or to the School in any way. All Careers appointments and events are booked through LSE CareerHub, as a member of research staff you can access the system and managing your bookings. For staff who are not already registered, please register as a new staff user here. If you have any problems registering then please email or call 020 7955 7135.

Careers consultations

One to one consultations for research staff can be used to discuss your options, help you plan ahead, develop a strategy and prepare for recruitment and selection. These 30 minute appointments are available whatever stage you are at in your in career. Please don’t leave it until the last minute. Appointments and events are generally held in the PhD Academy in the Lionel Robbins Building. Use the online booking system on Career Hub Appointments

Careers seminars and events

Are open to you and there is a termly programme supporting research Staff and PhD Students. Information about events and booking are through LSE CareerHub, as a member of research staff you can access the system and manage your bookings.

Information for Research Staff about the Careers provision is on the LSE Careers website and information about careers in and outside academia is available on our website here.

Career Development Review

The Researcher career development review meeting is intended to allow for an open and constructive exchange of views.

As well as taking into account future plans enables a review of past performance, achievements and experience. 


The mentoring process provides research staff, and those in the early stages of their career at the school, with constructive advice on career development from senior colleagues.

Knowledge Exchange

A series of lunch time session to help support a range of topics aimed at developing knowledge exchange for researchers of any level. Lunch will be provided.

To find out more and if you are interested in registering for these sessions click here.

Other professional development support

Vitae is the global leader in supporting the professional development of researchers, experienced in working with institutions as they strive for research excellence, innovation and impact.

They are part of The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Ltd with over 45 years' experience in enhancing the skills and careers of researchers.

They provide a range of tools to help support professional development for researchers

The Researcher Development Framework describes the knowledge, behaviour and attributes of successful researchers. It is a handy tool to help:

  • Identify your strengths and gaps in development
  • Prioritise development needs
  • Monitor progress

Fuller information on how to use the Framework is available here.

Researchers in Motion is a unique pan-European initiative delivering information and support services to professional researchers. Backed by the European Union and its Member States, it supports researcher mobility and career development, while enhancing scientific collaboration between Europe and the world.  Further information is available on the EURAXESS  website.

If you have any further queries, do not hesitate to contact a member of the Organisational Learning team at