About RCD

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The Research Capacity Development Department focuses on initiating and fostering programmes that develop new and emerging researchers and providing training, support and development opportunities for postgraduate students, post-doctoral fellows and academics.

Every year, the Research Capacity Development Department offers a variety of workshops, seminars, programmes and events aimed at researcher development:

​Research Writing

  • ​Thesis and dissertation writing
  • Writing for journal publication
  • Funding proposal writing

​Research Design and Methodology

  • Quantitative methodologies, including use of SPSS
  • Qualitative methodologies, including use of ATLAS.ti
  • Integrated methodology/mixed methods

​Research Strategy and Governance, Wellness and Personal Development

  • How to use Turnitin
  • Writing to avoid plagiarism
  • How to develop a postgraduate research project

Research Communication and Dissemination

  • Preparing a conference presentation
  • Developing a conference poster
  • Communicating your research: visual presentation skills
  • The Three Minute Thesis Competition
  • The Visualise Your Thesis Competition
  • The Postgraduate Research Conference


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Research Supervision
  • Short Learning Programmes in Research Supervision
  • Supervisor Orientation Programme
  • Supervision Enrichment Winter School
  • Supervision enrichment workshops and sharing forums

Research Writing Consultation

  • Research writing consultant