British Council Researcher Connect

Researcher Connect is a professional development course for researchers that focuses on communication skills for international, multicultural contexts. 

The course is designed specifically for early and mid-career researchers, but particular aspects are also of benefit to more experienced members of the research community. The training provides participants with the insights, understanding and tools to communicate effectively, whatever the situation or context. 

Researcher Connect has been built on extensive global market research, and successfully run in Europe, Middle East and North Africa, South and East Asia and the Americas. 

Researcher Connect is marketed to institutions rather than individual researchers. 

Course structure

The course is offered as a series of modules delivered through a face to face workshop format, by experienced and quality-assured trainers. The ideal length of a Researcher Connect course is three days, and the best results are achieved when the number of course attendees does not exceed 20. 

Organisations hosting Researcher Connect may select the modules that best meet the development needs of the participants they select. The available modules include:

  • Foundation Module: Know Your Audience
  • Abstracts
  • Academic Collaboration
  • Effective Emails
  • Presenting with Impact
  • Persuasive proposals
  • Academic Writing
  • Social Media for Researchers 

Benefits for Researchers

Researcher Connect is specifically designed for academic researchers to develop the professional skills required to better communicate their work, leading to:

  • Improved performance in publishing and presenting
  • Stronger international and private sector collaborations
  • Increased employability

Benefits for Institutions

  • Stronger representation at conferences
  • Increased publication rates
  • Higher quality funding applications
  • Stronger international reputation and ranking

Further Information

For more information on running or attending a Researcher Connect workshop, please contact your local British Council office.

Please note that Researcher Connect workshops are not delivered in the UK.