Staff development


Staff development across the university is offered and delivered by programmes developed locally and, increasingly, by the university Learning and Teaching Academy (LTA). The links within this section point to areas within the LTA and other departments but you should also check with your local research lead on what has been developed for researchers in your discipline.


Leadership programme content

Leadership programme

Leadership programme

Leadership Development for Principal Investigators is hosted externally by VITAE who provide new and aspiring PIs with information and guidance on key themes such as:

  • Intellectual leadership
  • Leading a research project
  • Building and managing a research team
  • Developing yourself as a PI
  • Developing individual researchers
  • Vitae Researcher Development Framework
  • Research Leader case studies
  • Reflecting on your performance as a PI

The guides used to be freely available but are now unfortunately hidden within their members area. However, the webpages still provide useful reading and links and if you are a member you get full access to their guides and career development planning tool. Vitae also publish a host of researchers development materials and reports, all available from their publications page.

HEFCE’s LGM fund supported this collaborative initiative, which involved several universities as well as Vitae, Research Councils UK, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, Association of Research Managers and Administrators, and Universities UK.

Ambassador programme content

Ambassador programme

Ambassador programme

Conferences make an important contribution to the local economy in Scotland and a high proportion of all association conferences attracted to an area come as a direct result of an invitation from a local member of an organisation or professional body.

If you are currently thinking of bidding for a conference, or are in the process of bidding to host an association conference, VisitScotland’s Business tourism Unit is at hand. VisitScotland have established an ambassador programme to assist academics who are based in the Highlands & Islands and are members of associations, bid for and win association conferences. Find out how the Ambassador Programme could benefit you.

Alternatively contact the Business Tourism Manager, Moira Unwin at VisitScotland

Moira Unwin
Business Tourism Manager
VisitScotland Business Tourism Unit
Inverness Retail and Business Park

t: +44 (0) 1463 244116

MEd / PgCert research methods content

MEd / PgCert research methods

MEd / PgCert research methods

Develop your skills and knowledge

The university has developed a Masters in Tertiary and Higher Education and a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods - both programmes are running next session with a range of modules to choose from and offer opportunities to further your professional development with high quality, recognised qualifications. Some past students have successfully applied for staff development funding.

MEd modules include: theory and practice of eLearning; teaching and learning in higher education / tertiary education; and option modules.

Pg Cert research modules include: research methods and techniques; qualitative inquiry; quantitative research and data analysis; and action research.

If you would like further information on these courses either follow the links above to the courses pages or contact: Gareth Davies - email: