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Durham University

Organisation Development


Individual advice and guidance

David Henderson ( is the Postgraduate Careers Adviser supporting researchers and is a point of contact should you wish to get in touch about all things careers related. David is happy to answer any short queries by email but can also arrange to meet with you to discuss your situation in more detail. This could include practical support in respect of job hunting (applications, interviews) but also advice and guidance in respect of career management and planning and generating ideas/exploring options. The ‘Career Planning for PhDs’ section of the Careers Centre website provides some useful information

Careers events and workshops

Careers workshops and employer activities are built into the researcher development training programme. All of the training events are advertised on the training booking system. In addition to the careers sessions that are offered as part of the researcher development programme, the Careers Centre provides a broad range of services that are accessible to all students. You find out more about these services via their website and social media channels ( All careers related events and opportunities, including vacancies, are managed via their online student services portal ( When using the portal for the first time you will be asked to register but this is a quick process and once complete you will have access to all events and opportunities facilitated by the Careers Centre.

PhD Mailing List (events and vacancy bulletins)

To keep students abreast of careers events and employment opportunities weekly e-bulletins are sent out (Tuesday: events bulletin, Thursday: vacancy bulletin). The bulletins are not automatically sent to research students but it is something that you can opt in to if you feel that it is appropriate for you. To opt into the bulletins follow the instructions at


The ‘Career Planning for PhDs’ section of the Careers Centre website provides some useful information to get you started. In addition to the wide range of careers material available in the Careers Centre itself, there is a dedicated section for researchers, which includes resources on managing an academic career.

HR Excellence in Research

We are one of only 15 UK universities to gain the HR Excellence in Research award from the European Commission, showing Durham's commitment to supporting the development of our researchers.