The Researcher Development Partnership


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A collaboration of academics and professionals working together to improve research and researcher skills.

Dr Karen Ottewell is the Director of Academic Training and Development for International Students at the University of Cambridge, a position she has held since 2008.  She has published on cultural influence on writing, contrastive rhetoric, assessment design and academic literacy.  Training in these subjects, she was awarded Cambridge’s prestigious Pilkington Teaching Prize in 2016.   

Dr Matt Lane  is a Researcher Developer at the University of Cambridge, a position he has held since 2010. He specialises in Writing and Professional Effectiveness, holding the CIPD’s Certificate in Learning & Development and practitioner accreditation in MBTI and Belbin Team Roles. In 2017, he was recognised by Cambridge for his ‘outstanding contribution’ for creating the bespoke Researcher Development Competency Framework.

Sharon Elliott  is a consultant specialising in organisational learning and capacity development with over 20 years’ experience of developing and managing international education, gender and research programmes. CIPD qualified, she delivers strategic support and learning programmes in gender, leadership and personal effectiveness/working with others. She provides leadership, skills development and professional development coaching.