Thing 1: Read about the 23 Things programme

Welcome to 23 Things for Research!

We’ll be kicking-off this self-directed course on the 19th January. If you want to know more about this course, check out the RDP website, and the Overview page.

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at Thing 1.

In the first week we’ll be covering Things 1 and 2, which will help you get started with the programme, set up a blog, and share your thoughts and progress. We’ll always post each week’s new Things on Monday morning, so you can schedule them into your work week.

Before you get started on a blog, take some time and read about the programme and its goals. 23 Things is a self-directed course that aims to expose you to a range of digital tools that could help you in your personal and professional development as a researcher. The aim is for you to spend a little time each week, building up and expanding your skills. You can read more about this in the Overview. Each week, we’ll talk about one or more of the tools/tasks from our 23 Things programme. You may wish to take a look at the Schedule so that you can plan ahead. We’ll also ask you to spend some time each week reflecting on that week’s activities, through the medium of a blog. We have provided some guidance on how you may wish to structure your writing in the Learning from 23 Things page.

Talk to your colleagues and find out who is also taking part; one of the benefits of 23 Things is the community that it creates.

23 Things for Research is part of the provision offered by the Researcher Development Programme. It is designed to complement our existing programme of workshops, and assist you in developing more of the skills outlined in the Researcher Development Framework (more information here).

Although the course is self-directed, feel free to get in touch if you have any questions You’re always welcome to leave a comment here on the blog, but you can also email the team (, tweet @RDP_Surrey  with the hashtag #23ThingsSurrey, or leave a message on the Researcher Development Facebook page.

Pop back and check on the blog page occasionally to see if there are new comments from other bloggers. We’ll be covering Twitter later on in the programme, but if you feel comfortable with it now you may want to set up a saved search for #23ThingsSurrey or follow @RDP_Surrey.


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