Support for PhDs

Make full use of our services from the start of your PhD.

Professional development

Vitae has recently developed a new online course to cover all the stages in the professional development planning (PDP) process.

PDP is a key component of career progression and this course has been designed and developed using resources specifically for researchers who want to make the most of their opportunities, and create new ones!

You can access this online PDP course for researchers through Vitae.

Advice and guidance

We offer a range of options if you want to contact Careers staff for advice and guidance.

If you choose to book online to see a Careers Consultant, please look for the specialist careers interviews listed within TARGETconnect which we offer for PhD students

Alternatively, you can always use our online query service - Ask Careers.


We offer a range of workshops which are tailored to the needs of PhD students:

  • Career Options in Higher Education
  • Career Options Outside Higher Education
  • Writing an Effective Academic CV
  • Academic Interviews
  • Making the Most of LinkedIn
  • Employer Interviews & Assessment Centres

Details of these and other core workshops are searchable under 'Events' within TARGETconnect.

Getting your first lecturing job

If this is your aim, this PDF could help - Getting your first lecturing job.

It is based on the latest survey of 172 academic staff from 22 UK universities, into the steps applicants should take to increase their chances of securing their first lecturing post


‌This eBook  provides useful information on career planning for PhD students.

Beyond the PhD offers thought provoking personal and professional insights into life after a PhD for arts and humanities students

The free resources section on includes other eBooks, toolkits and careers videos to help you if you are currently looking for a new job or need advice for planning and developing your career.

Researchers in Schools (RIS)  is the world’s only teacher training programme exclusively for participants who have, or are completing, a doctorate in their subject.

The Careers section of the Vitae website will help you think about your career choices, navigate recruitment processes and manage your career over the long term.

Vitae provide a range of resources and information regarding your Professional Development.

The UK Regional Hub of the Vitae program organises free postgraduate conferences and events that are a great opportunity to present your work to other postgraduates and to find out more about the career opportunities available.

Register with Vitae to receive regular e-bulletins.

Support for Researchers

Concordat is an agreement between the funders and employers of researchers in the UK and aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK. It offers a range of support and information services for PhD students.

Labour Market Intelligence (LMI)

We provide a range of Labour Market Intelligence resources within the Knowledge Bank.

This is a secure part of the website which you can access using your normal university ID and password. Researching the labour market may be an essential step within the career planning process.

What do Researchers Do? first destinations of doctoral graduates by subject.

Lancaster Award

Lancaster’s own employability award has helped many students to progress and attain their career goals. The Lancaster Award is open to all students.

Companies employing PhD Students

There are a number of companies that have a particular interest in recruiting PhD students.

Companies Employing PhD Students

Useful links - job search

Euraxess - a British Council site providing access to research jobs, funding and advice.

Find-a-Post-Doc -  is a specialist job board for opportunities in the UK and globally.

PhD Jobs - a job board from of vacancies for PhD candidates.

Academic Jobs Vacancies - features on also has links to useful careers-related articles written by current academics.

Research Gate - share your research.