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Biomolecular Skills School

Biomolecular Skills School

The Nottingham-Rothamsted BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership and the Research Complex at Harwell are pleased to announce the first fully funded Biomolecular Analysis and Manipulation Study School, taking place over six days in January 2019. Open to Early Career Researchers and PhD students from all institutions,  this is an opportunity to access high quality training in experimental design and bioinformatics analysis, imaging, synthetic biology, biomolecular analysis and industrial biotechnology.

Postgraduate research students and ECRs are invited to apply online at by 2 November 2018.  Successful applicants will be notified by 4 December 2018. Read the rest of this entry

How confident are you presenting at conferences? Would you like some free skills training?

AdairIn advance of our 14th September Postgraduate Researcher Conference, The Graduate School has asked Dr Adair Richards, trainer, broadcaster and consultant, to facilitate conference skills and 3 Minute Thesis training for our researchers. Even if you are not presenting at our conference, learning these skills is immensely valuable to you as a researcher and Adair is a master of teaching presentation techniques. Read the rest of this entry

The 2016-17 PGR and ECR Skills Development Programme

Graduate School WorkshopsThe 2016-17 Graduate School’s development programme for postgraduate research (PGR) students and early career researchers (ECRs*) is now live in Gateway!

Booking is open for postgraduate research students, so just log into Gateway and click on Calendar (left hand menu) and you will see the full list of workshops, development days and events coming up. For full instructions on how to book and on Gateway’s development tools for research students, see this Hub post.  

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New year’s resolutions: new skills anyone?

Happy new year to all from The Graduate School.

mature students photoIf you’re a Postgraduate Research Student how about making a new year’s resolution to focus more on your skills development. What knowledge or ability do you need to develop in 2016 to support your research degree? And what about your future career? Don’t wait until you’ve nearly finished your doctorate before you focus on that!

All the skills development workshops provided by the Graduate School (and the individual School’s discipline based programmes) are free to Northampton PGRs, so why not tap into them and learn some new skills to help support your doctoral studies and your career. Many workshops are also open to early career researchers working at the University.

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English language workshops coming up.

If you are a research student for whom English is not your first language, you may be interested in some workshops which are taking place on 11th, 18th and 25th November. Helping to improve your language skills, the workshops are open to PGRs from all Schools. More details can be found in the flier below. Contact Susie Cowley-Haselden for more information. Read the rest of this entry

MOOCS and other skills development resources online for research students

FireworksWhere do you go when you want to learn a new skill or improve your competency? Sign up to a practical, hands-on workshop? Or look online?

Whilst there is no substitute for attending a good skills development workshop, face-to-face learning is not always possible for a whole host of reasons – accessibility, time, family commitments. We all know how good YouTube is for learning ‘ordinary stuff’ but, increasingly, postgraduate students can find some valuable skills development resources online, such as via MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Why not check out some of these resources below? Read the rest of this entry

The 2015-16 PGR and ECR Skills Development Programme

Graduate School WorkshopsThe 2015-16 Graduate School’s development programme for postgraduate research (PGR) students and early career researchers (ECRs*) is HERE! Come back to this post whenever you want to find out what’s on. Other workshops will be added through the year.  Read the rest of this entry

2015 Skills Development Days for UN research students and Early Career Researchers

Graduate School WorkshopsFrom January to April the Graduate School are holding 4 different Development Days for PGRs, two of which are also open to Early Career Researchers working at UN. For PGRs preparing for Transfer, a Pre-Transfer Development Day is running on January 15th and a Personal Effectiveness Day on March 3rd looks at managing your supervisory (and other professional) relationships and handling the ups and downs of doctoral study.

For Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and PGRs we have a Presentation Skills Day in February, featuring experienced and highly effective trainer and researcher, Dr Adair Richards. This day is a must for all of you preparing to deliver conference and seminar papers in the spring and summer. Lastly we are holding a Publishing Day for support on publishing & writing for academic journals.

To book or for more information just click on the links below. Read the rest of this entry

PGR student induction: Skills development and workshops

For all our new PGRs, here are some essential pointers and links to the skills development material you will need prior to APG Registration. Read the rest of this entry