Your PhD journey is about more than your thesis; developing personal and professional skills is an important part of being a postgraduate researcher. Researcher development training is designed to help you develop the skills needed to undertake focused research, to write up and present your work, and it will also support you in developing your research career and exploring your options outside of academia. Accessing and attending training is also a great way to meet researchers from different schools and disciplines.
Your training should be tailored to you and your needs and devised in consultation with your supervisor and reviewed on a regular basis. The Faculty Researcher Development teams, University Library and Careers Service offer an extensive range of training, events, resources and individual support to equip you with the skills to complete your research degree and will help you in achieving your personal and professional development goals.
So, whether you’re just beginning your PhD or you’ve been here a while, here’s a guide to where you can find resources and information to help you this academic year:
Faculty of Science and Engineering
The Researcher Development team offer a flexible programme of workshops, online resources and one-to-one support. They can equip you with the skills needed to complete your research degree. They can provide access to experiences that will develop you as a person, a researcher and a professional. They can provide you with opportunities to meet with, socialise and collaborate with other researchers. You can find information about all their opportunities here. You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook.
We aim to develop the intellectual leaders of the future. Visit the faculty of Humanities training hub ProGRess@humanities for details of all the training and professional development opportunities available. Contact your researcher development team and follow their blog, Twitter or Facebook page for lots of other relevant information and tips.
The Centre for Academic and Researcher Development provides foundation and intermediate level training at key stages of your postgraduate research degree and will help you to thrive as an independent researcher. More information about the training and development opportunities available, including our Doctoral Academy training programme, can be found here.
You have access to specialist postgraduate careers support – from postgrad career talks, to award-winning academic careers resources to major cross-university researcher careers events, plus individual support when you really need someone to listen.
My Research Essentials is a programme of training workshops, information sessions and online designed specifically for PGRs. Topics include resources to use during the research process, recent developments scholarly communication tools and research funder policy requirements.
Through Research IT the University’s IT services provide specialised eResearch capabilities.
Want to find out more? Look out for PGR Life, a new website specifically made to support you as a postgrad researcher.