Step Forward Researcher Development Programme

Register your place here

What is it?

The Step Forward Researcher Development Programme is aimed at supporting college staff to develop the skills required to undertake research projects that will enhance their own practice and improve outcomes for their college and its learners. The programme is open to both teaching and support staff and will consist of a series of workshops and researcher meet-ups, as well as ongoing support for researchers to develop their own college-focussed research projects.

Workshops will be spread throughout the year and participants will be encouraged to apply the techniques taught to their daily work and ongoing projects. Workshops will be delivered by a range of experts and will include input on a variety of topics relevant to conducting college-focussed research. There will also be opportunity for participants to share their research with others from across the college sector and to become part of a network of college focussed researchers from across Scotland.

Read our programme overview here

Why sign up?

This programme will be a unique CPD opportunity for those interested in developing their capacity to conduct practice-focussed, college based research.

Sessions will be tailored to those working in the college sector and will have a clear focus on translating research into impact and the enhancement of practice.

A key aim of the project is to foster the creation of an active community of college focussed researchers in colleges across Scotland. Participants on the programme will therefore become part of the wider Step Forward Research Community, which will provide opportunities to meet and share research experience and collaborate with other researchers.

CDN will provide support to participants to connect with others in the sector who share an interest in their area of research and provide advice and guidance for participants to develop their research further.


All sessions will start at 4pm and take place online.

Programme cost

The programme is free for those who work in a Scottish college.

How to sign up

The series is made up of 11 online workshops and is designed to offer choice and flexibility. We encourage participants to sign up for the whole series or select any number of workshops they believe will best support their own development.

Register your place here

  • Contact Us

    To find out more about the Step Forward Researcher Development Programme contact our team on

    Contact us here
  • CDN's Research and Enhancement Centre

    The Centre brings together existing research work related to Scotland’s colleges and is driving new research and enquiry in the sector

    View the Centre here