Heriot-Watt’s Research Futures Academy enhances the development of researchers, enables collaboration as a key part of the research culture and enriches the experience of research staff and research degree students.


We support doctoral students and early career researchers to develop skills and competencies to enhance their personal and professional capabilities and future employability.

We create opportunities for valuable collaborations and networking between researchers from diverse disciplines and institutions.

We providing a focal point for researcher development activities, resources, opportunities and achievements at Heriot-Watt University.

We ensure that national agendas and policies related to researcher development are interpreted and embedded to enhance the research culture at Heriot-Watt University.

Research Futures programmes foster development of key academic attributes of collaboration, interdisciplinarity, innovation and leadership.

For details of current workshops and development opportunities sign up to our monthly newsletter via ResearchFutures@hw.ac.uk.

All our courses can be booked via our online booking system, PDMS.



Academics and Researchers

Supporting the academic leaders of the future.

Research students

Supporting the skills and career development of our PhD students.

Tools and resources

Find out more about Research futures Academy, and tools and tips to succeed