RDP Online is a series of skills development webinars targeted at key areas of the Vitae Researcher Development Framework. 9 webinars will run this academic year with more scheduled for the launch of the new Doctoral College in Sept 2021.

RDP Online is a key part of the overall UWTSD Researcher Development Programme and each session will count as 1 unit and will contribute the 30 units of professional development that the University recommends you undertake during your research degree. 

  • About the UWTSD RDP Programme

While you are free to participate in as many courses as you wish, we recommend around 10 throughout the tenure of a PhD, and 5 for a MPhil.  You should use your personal account on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework Online Planning Tool to identify those sessions that will benefit you most.  Your supervisory team will help you in this planning.

Each session will be delivered on an online only basis using the Teams platform to enable participation by the University’s sizable cohort of international and distance students as well as those who cannot travel between our Lampeter, Carmarthen, Swansea, Aberystwyth, London and Cardiff Campuses.   Teams is available free of charge to all registered students and can be downloaded through logging into your Microsoft 365 account.

What format will RDP Online take?

Each webinar session will be highly interactive and very engaging, involving participation by a number of means, including voice, text, joint document editing, video, presentations and voting. For those who cannot attend, a recording of each webinar will be made available until that session runs again.

How to participate?

Participating is easy, but must be booked in advance.  Either look out for the email from Research, Innovation and Enterprise Services advertising the session and reply reserving your place, or email Nicola Powell (nicola.powell@uwtsd.ac.uk) before the webinar with your request.  In either case you will be sent an email invitation to join the session. Simply click on the link within the email at the start time and Teams will launch, automatically joining you into the webinar. It’s that simple!

Recordings of each webinar are also available shortly after the event.   You can access these below.

RDP Online, the content

Each webinar will address the attitudes, knowledge, behaviours and competencies required to be successful researchers.  These are mapped to the four RDF domains:

The four RDF domains


Current Recordings

Current Recordings

The RDP Online webinars for 2021/22 will be announced shortly.  In the meantime, please view these previous sessions.

Practise based research - Humanities
Dr Nicola Welton

This session will look at key elements of practice-based research, situating it within the wider academic context and explore its uniqueness and transformative potential. Issues explored will include: What is the relationship between the ‘question’ and research? How do questions frame and drive the research process and what is the ‘contribution to knowledge? During the workshop you will be asked to think about the relationship between research methods and methodologies and describe your methodological intentions, identifying the different modes of research you will be using, and how these will contribute to a coherent process. This workshop will also consider the role of documentation in practice-based research. We will explore the ontological status of the document, per se, and also look at specific methods of documenting practice. We will reflect on the role of documentation in your own research, and consider how documentation, itself, can be part of a reflective creative and critical practice.

View the session recording: Practise based research - Humanities

Best Practice for Research Ethics and Integrity for Staff - Humanities
Dr Stuart Jones

Best Practice for Research Ethics and Integrity for Staff

  • Best practice and common problems in research ethics (for example, informed consent, safeguarding, data protection, risk management, working in medical settings, working with children, legislative requirements)
  • The University’s approach for research ethics
  • The work of the research ethics committee
  • When do I need to get ethical clearance for my research and how do I go about it?

View the session recording: Best Practice for Research Ethics and Integrity for Staff 

Information Tech to Support Research
Dr Christine Davies

Technology is at the heart of modern education systems especially postgraduate research. This course will develop the skills and knowledge needed to progress as researchers who will engage with all aspects of the intersection between learning and technology in a wide range of contexts.

View the session recording: Information Tech to Support Research

Progressing your academic career
Prof Bettina Schmidt

A research career, like most other careers, requires many elements in order to develop successfully. These elements are not always immediately obvious or transparent. This workshop explores the question of how to succeed in a competitive and complex research environment. There will be an emphasis on various aspects of policy and procedures which are important to postgraduate research.

View the session recording: Progressing your academic career

Not just a thesis - Humanities
Dr Rebekah Humphreys

This workshop aims to inform you of the wide range of research activities related to doing a PhD; activities with which it is advised that research students engage. Such activities include, for example, preparing papers for conferences, presenting work-in-progress, developing an academic CV, preparing papers for publication, and submitting work to journals.

View the session recording: Not just a thesis

Making the most of my ‘intellectual property' and that belonging to others
Assoc. Prof Kathryn Penaluna

A PhD is a time when you craft your own ideas and consider the work of others. Could your new ideas lead to work or commercialisation? Whose works have you borrowed from? Might that have an impact? This workshop will enable you to start to consider your options, as intellectual property has its own values.

View the session recording: Making the most of my ‘intellectual property'

Quantitative - SPSS
Stacey Coleman

This webinar will introduce you to the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS); a programme used for statistical analysis of quantitative data. Coverage will include installing SPSS via the university Hwb, a recap of types of quantitative data, inputting and manipulating data, generating descriptive statistics and creating appropriate graphs for data visualisation. This webinar will be suitable for students who have never used SPSS before as well as those who may be familiar with the programme.

View the session recording: Quantitative - SPSS

Nvivo Training
Dr Jan Barnes

The training will take the form of a hands-on workshop, covering an introduction to Nvivo, how it works and how to use it to analyse data. This is an introductory workshop and will concentrate on the basics. You will need to have Nvivo on your laptop.

View the session recording: Nvivo Training

Data security and compliance Webinar
Dr Carlene Campbell

Data security is the application of deterrents or security controls to protect data.  The level of deterrents or security is proportionate to how the individual or entity uniquely “values” the data.  It is about the protection of the information (availability, integrity, confidentiality, authenticity and validity) and handling of information

Compliance is applying a baseline of security controls (people, process, technology) defined by a standard.  The baseline is applied to a specific type of data. A typical approach in managing compliance is dealing with each regulation on an individual basis

What safeguard measures or duty of care is applied to your research? This lecture will examine some of these safeguard measures (good computing practices) and risks factors.

View the session recording: Data security and compliance Webinar


Vitae - Professional development planning for researchers online course (PDP ROC)


Vitae - Professional development planning for researchers online course (PDP ROC)

As a researcher at the University, you are also able to take Vitae’s professional development planning for researchers online course, which is available free of charge here.

This online course has been developed for researchers who want to make the most of opportunities and create new ones, covers all stages in the process.  It's suitable for researchers at any career stage and can be used together with UWTSD’s RDP and RDP online events and resources.     Each module will count as 1 RDP Unit.

  • MODULE 1 Introducing PDP for researchers. Explore the meaning of professional development planning in your own professional area. You will be introduced to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF)
  • MODULE 2 Analyse your experience and expertise. Consider what broader expertise and  experiences you are developing through your research activities
  • MODULE 3  Collect and organise your evidence. You will be encouraged to take a systematic approach to gather evidence of your achievements.
  • MODULE 4  Select and prioritise areas for further development. You will identify expertise areas for further development and prioritise your development in the context of broader goals
  • MODULE 5  Plan and achieve your professional development goals.  You will set development goals and find and select opportunities for development.
  • MODULE 6 Professional Development Planning for Researchers: You will provide Vitae with formative feedback on the course Professional Development Planning for Researchers.