The Researcher Development Programme (RDP) provides a suite of training courses, workshops and events to support research students from all disciplines across the University of Cambridge. This provision is intended to complement that of the Schools and Departments, so that research students can develop the skills they need to be successful in their research in the short-term, and in whatever career they progress on to afterwards.

The training provided by the RDP is designed around the Researcher Development Framework (CamRDF) that was developed for Cambridge research students.

Introducing Inkpath

Inkpath is your one-stop-shop for booking courses and managing your own professional development as a researcher.

From Inkpath, you can browse and book development opportunities from the Researcher Development team, as well as courses and programmes provided by many University-wide specialist teams, including the Language Centre, Careers Service, Public Engagement and more. Sign up to explore (see below) or browse the calendar of activities.

Inkpath is more than just a booking platform though. An integrated Skills Analysis Survey helps you to identify areas to work on, and you can track the time you’ve dedicated to different skills and set goals accordingly. You can also keep track of all the researcher development activities you’ve undertaken, even those not booked on Inkpath: log your conference attendance, teaching experience and external courses to keep everything in one place. Finally, you can upload notes on your courses – during or after the event – and even documents, such as a copy of the slides or a certificate to show you passed.

Inkpath puts you in control of your own researcher development. You will have access to the platform throughout your career, even once you leave Cambridge.

Signing up to Inkpath

You can get to Inkpath at

Note: you can only sign up to Inkpath once you have your Raven login.

Once you have signed up you will be asked to fill in a series of demographics questions; these help us to understand who we are reaching in the University population and are complete anonymised.

For more information please take a look through our frequently-asked questions page.