The Doctoral College at the University provides a comprehensive Research Skills Development Programme that supports research student development throughout the doctoral degree.
The key features of this programme are that it aligns with the recommendations of QAA and the Research Councils as well vitae's Research Development Framework. It also encourages student ownership of the development process, with supervisor involvement as a key to success. Transferable skills can also be evidenced through gaining open badges.
Our workshops are linked to the RDF descriptors as below, for more information visit our Vitae RDF webpage
The Personal and professional development opportunities for research students are spread throughout the duration of the research degree and are grouped into 7 themed units.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please visit the course webpage by clicking on the course titles below and seeking booking instructions at the bottom of the page.
Unit 1: Finding your feet as a researcher
This unit aims to support postgraduate researchers in their transition into their research degrees and includes a University induction, sessions that help in research planning and management, personal and professional development planning, academic writing and doctoral research skills.
|R1||Research Student Induction||B1, B3, C1, D1|
|R2||Addressing the research focus and planning a programme of research (post-induction)||A1, A2, B1, B3, D1|
|R4||Skills for Researchers: the basics||A1, A2, B2|
|R11||Getting the most out of your supervisory team||A2, B1, B2, C1, D1|
|R15||Researcher Development: PDP and CPD Analysis and Planning||B1, B3|
|R22||Resilience, perseverance and self-confidence||B1|
|R26||Project Planning and Delivery||C2, C3|
|R35||Preparing your Research Proposal||A1, B2|
|R60||PG Researchers and Research Regulations *NEW for 2020-21|
|R61||Time Management for PG Researchers *NEW for 2020-21|
|R70||Introduction to the basics of Research Impact *NEW for 2020-21|
|Academic English Language Skills||A1, A2, A3, D2|
Unit 2: Starting your research
This unit focuses on providing the knowledge and skills that postgraduate researchers require when they start their research, and includes workshops on philosophical positioning, ethics and research integrity, literature and archival search skills, and referencing skills.
|R3||Literature Searching for Researchers||A1, A2, B2|
|R6||Ethics and researcher reflexivity / collecting sensitive data||B1, C1|
|R23||Writing a Literature Review||A1, A2, A3|
||Getting started with archival research||A1, A2|
|R37||Ethical proposal and the NHS||C1|
|R38||Ethics in qualitative research design and project management||C1, C2|
|R31||Academic Writing: Starting your Thesis||A1, A2, A3|
|R49||Trustworthiness in Qualitative Research: Applied Techniques|
|R50||Use of self and reflexivity in Qualitative Research|
|R53||Systematic Review Workshop||A1, B2|
|R54||Microsoft Word and Excel: Computer Skills for PGRs (NEW)|
|R55||Finding and Managing Your Data (NEW)|
|R71||How to embed impact into your Research *NEW for 2020-21|
Literature Review Types and Methods Workshop *NEW for 2020-21
Unit 3: Foundations for Conducting Research
This unit provides theoretical and practical knowledge in the analysis of data. Courses are provided in a variety of qualitative and quantitative approaches, as well as how to use data analysis software.
|R16||An Introduction to Statistics||A1, A2, B3|
|R17||Introduction to SPSS||A1, A2, B3|
|R18||Using QMethodology in your Research||A1, A2|
|R21||Using photography in your research and your thesis||A3, D2|
|R24||Critical Analysis of Research|
|R27||Critical Discourse Analysis||A1, A2|
|R34||Academic Writing - Progressing with your Thesis|
|R42||Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis||B3, D2, D3|
|R46||Introduction to Anova and Regression in SPSS||A1, A2, A3|
|R73||Appreciative Inquiry * NEW for 2020-21|
|R74||Photo Elicitation Methodology *NEW for 2020-21|
Unit 4: Completing your doctorate in a timely fashion
This unit explores the barriers and facilitators to the successful completion of a research degree and provides workshops to support doctoral researchers through their progression reviews, in their thesis write and as they prepare for their Viva Voce.
|R8||Working towards your viva||B1, B2, C2|
|R10||Landmarks in your research degree programme (APR & Progression)||B2, C2|
|R13||Reflecting on the research process - writing a thesis||A1, A2, B3, C1, D2, D3|
|R19||Thesis Boot Camp||A1, A3, B2, B3, D2|
|R36||Academic Writing - Finishing your Thesis|
|R48||Viva Hotseat||B1, B2, C2|
|R62||Submitting Your Thesis *NEW for 2020-21|
|Video||Angel Productions: The Good Viva Video||B1, B2, C2|
Unit 5: Disseminating your research
This unit is designed to support researchers' growing understanding of the variety of different forms of dissemination. It covers verbal, poster and electronic presentation skills and how to disseminate research to a variety of audiences. This unit also provides workshops on networking skills, blogging and the use of social media in research dissemination. However, this unit additionally ensures that PGRS understand their intellectual property rights.
|R5||Raising your Research Impact & Profile||D3|
|R7||Developing a research publications strategy||A1, A2, A3, B3, C1, D2, D3|
|R9||Poster presentation and Visio for poster design||D2|
|R30||Writing for Scholarly Publication||A1, A2, A3, B3, C1, D2, D3|
|R32||Conducting Research to Influence Policy||A1, A2|
|R39||Engaging the public in your research||B3, D2, D3|
|R40||Research and impact||D3|
|R41||Open Access and the REF||B3, C2, D2, D3|
|R43||Your research and intellectual property rights||C1|
|R45||Using social media to disseminate your research (blogging)||B2, D2, D3|
|R51||Communicating your research to a non-specialist audience||A3, B3, D2, D3|
|R52||Proper presentation skills for the PGR student||A3, B3, D2, D3|
|R72||Reviewing and discussing finished Impact Plans *NEW for 2020-21|
Unit 6: Focusing on your career
This unit directs PGRs' attention toward the future and their potential careers. It includes workshops on identifying transferable skills, cv and cover letter writing and includes a careers drop-in. It also supports PGRs' in developing teaching skills, bid writing skills and entrepreneurial skills.
|R12||Career planning & transferable skills||B3|
|R14||Marketing yourself in CVs, applications and interviews||B3|
|R25||Getting Funding||C2, C3|
|R29||What researchers do? Planning your career||B3|
|R47||HEA Fellowship and Research: An Introduction to KUDOS||B3|
|R80||CRIS: Doctoral Students Profile Building (Online Researcher profiles)|
|T1 & T2||For those who teach: Learning and Teaching Essentials||B1, D1, D2, D3|
Unit 7: Flexible Learning
|Breakfast Bites||These sessions are an early morning whistle stop tour of the sessions above. If you can’t join us during the working day for researcher development sessions, join us before work. Bring your breakfast and we will provide the coffee.|
|Twilight Sessions||These sessions are an early evening opportunity to access the sessions above. If you can’t join us during the working day for researcher development sessions, join us after work.|
TO REGISTER: Visit the course webpage and click on the 'book now' button next to your selected date. You will be taken to the workshop's eventbrite page where you can register for your free ticket.
MANAGING YOUR BOOKINGS: You should log into your personal Eventbrite account to manage your bookings. You will receive an automatic reminder email 48 hours in advance of your chosen workshops.
ATTENDING ON TIME: We expect that all research students will arrive on time for workshops and stay for the duration – latecomers are disruptive to the other participants. If you need to arrive a little late or leave a little early please contact the workshop facilitator to ask if this is acceptable.
FAILURE TO ATTEND: We know that things crop up last minute which mean you may not be able to attend a workshop. However it is your responsibility to cancel your booking via Eventbrite. Please note that failure to attend a workshop for which you have booked will result in a £20 fine to your Faculty.
HOW TO CANCEL YOUR TICKET: Just log in to Eventbrite, go to the My Tickets page, and locate your order. Select "Manage Order" to view your order details, and then select "Cancel Order". Eventbrite will send you and the Doctoral College an email confirming the cancelation.