Support around the University

Generation Heads on a Sunny DayStaff Development Unit (SDU)

The Research Staff Support (RSS) Team within the Staff Development Unit (SDU) is dedicated to helping members of research staff to excel in their research career and professional development. Based in the King George VI Building, they work with the Careers Service and the dedicated Careers Adviser for research staff, Lorna Dargan, providing training, support and resources.

In addition to the broader provision detailed on the SDU website, the RSS team webpages contain a range of career specific resources. The Career Pathways Framework for Research Staff supports researchers in evaluating their career aspirations and aims to increase their likelihood of success on their chosen pathway. We have also developed two extensive career planning guides for researchers, titled “Getting off to the Best Start” and “Choosing Your Next Step”, both of which specify important action and reflection points alongside clear, practical ideas for developing your career.

The RSS Team also provide training and development programmes such as Transitions, for research staff considering a move out of academic research; the Principal Investigator’s Development programme; numerous researcher specific workshops like Managing Successful Research Projects or Using Social Media in your Research.

For more information about the work the RSS Team does or how we can support you as a member of research staff, please email Dr Adam Jones, the Research Staff Development Co-ordinator, at or call on 208 7466.


Each university faculty provides additional support and provision to its own students, e.g. the HASS faculty provides the HaSS Research Training Programme facebook page helping to keep all students up to date with news, events, opportunities and establishing networks and friendships.

Contact your own faculty to find out how they can support you:

• Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
• Newcastle Biomedicine (Faculty of Medical Sciences)
• Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering

Visa Team

Newcastle University’s Visa Team offer guidance on immigration routes in to UK employment for non-EEA students. Please note, the Visa Team do not check or submit Tier 2 applications.

The Visa Team deliver a monthly workshop entitled ‘Immigration routes into graduate employment for international students’, which covers the Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme. Visit the Events page on the Careers Service website for details.

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