The PGR School training and development programme offers academic, professional, and personal development through a number of training workshops, resources and opportunities, all intended to support the PGR community at the University of Aberdeen. 

There are many teams across the university who provide training opportunities for research staff including:

All available courses can be found and booked on the course booking system. Be sure to check regularly for new courses. 

Below is an outline of the training programme provided by the PGR School for academic year 20/21.

Each month, between October 2020 and August 2021, there will be a spotlight on a specific topic. There will be a short webinar at the start of the month, followed by time to follow the self directed learning courses online and for some courses an ‘Insights into..’ session.

Induction and Orientation

Orientation Programme: designed to proivde you with the essential knowledge to help you make a successful start to your PhD. View the modules.

Getting Started with your PhD: Using the first 3 months of your PhD to set yourself up for success.  Access the course content and register here for the introductory webinar.

Keeping Going with your PhD: What to do in the the middle years to make sure that you keep going and avoid the perils of the procrastination trap. Access the course content and register here for the introductory webinar.

Finishing Up with your PhD: Getting to the finish line, and preparing for life after your PhD. Access the course content and register here for the introductory webinar.

 

Mandatory Training
  • All mandatory training courses can be found in the Mandatory training folder in the MyPGR organisation on MyAberdeen.
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  • Research Ethics and Governance: We are committed to ensuring that all research students receive appropriate training in relation to research ethics and governance. these modules contain information on the key issues which underpin research ethics and governance and are applicable to all disciplines. Course link
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  • Research Integrity (Responsible and Ethical Practice in Research and Publication)Discover the principles of good and ethical practice in research and its publication and raise your awareness of the problems that can arise and how to avoid them. (Coming soon)
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  • Equality and Diversity: This course covers the legislative framework to ensure that your knowledge on equality and diversity matters and their practical implications is up-to-date.  This will help to ensure that the university creates a learning and working environment which is accessible and inclusive. Course link
  • Information Security and Research Data Management:  Information Security Awareness training featuring videos, audio scripts, and animations, and covering all aspects of cyber security and online working. As a research student you must also complete the research data management module. Course link

  • Health and Safety: Key information to ensure you are safe whilst working at the University. Course link
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  • Avoidance of Plagiarism: A series of tools to help you recognise and avoid plagiarism in your work (Coming soon). 
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Managing and Delivering your Research

All online training modules are available in the Personal and Professional Development folder of the MyPGR organisation in MyAberdeen.

 

Practical Project Management for Research: The least you need to know and do to manage your PhD as a project Access the course content and register here for the introductory webinar and insights sessions. Watch this video for an overview of how to access the course. 

 

Managing Research Projects: Hear from academic staff about their experience and their tips for managing research projects. Watch the video

 

The Productivity Toolkit: 13 tools to help you think, feel and be more productive. Access the course content and register here for the introductory webinar. Watch this video for an overview of how to access the course. 

 

Strategies for Managing your Part-Time PhD: Helping you to manage the challenges facing you when working on your research alongside the other key priorities in your working and home life. Access the course content and register here for the introductory webinar. Watch this video for an overview of how to access the course. 

 

Successful Research Collaborations: Exploring collaboration and collaborative relationships to show you how to set yourself up for success. Access the course content and register here for the introductory webinar and insights sessions. Watch this video for an overview of how to access the course. 

 

Working in Interdisciplinary Teams: Hear from academic staff about their experience and their tips for working in interdisciplinary teams. Watch the video

 

Working with External Stakeholders: Hear from academic staff about their experience and their tips for working with external stakeholders. Watch the video

 

Defining and Refining Research Questions: Are you starting your PhD and feel slightly lost about your topic? Does your project seem too broad or the research you are undertaking too voluminous to be feasible? Do you struggle with coming up with specific and doable research topics? This session will help you work through these problems and help you take control of your research project. Register here

 

Designing Qualitative Research Studiesplay the ‘More than Research Game’ to help you rethink your approach to research and provides you with new way of thinking differently about their projects.  Register here

 

Introduction to Resilience: Helping you become even more resilient so that you can keep making progress. Access the course content and register here for the introductory webinar and insights sessions.  Watch this video for an overview of how to access the course. 

 

Managing your Imposter: How to recognise and manage the imposter syndrome in yourself and others.  Access the course content and register here for the introductory webinar and insights sessions. Watch this video for an overview of how to access the course. 

Communicating and Disseminating your Research

All online training modules are available in the Personal and Professional Development folder of the MyPGR organisation in MyAberdeen.

The Writers Toolkit: Twelve tools for making your writing easier. Access the course content and register here for the introductory webinar. Watch this video for an overview of how to access the course. 

 

Writing Research Proposals: Hear from academic staff about their experience and their tips for writing research proposals. Watch the video

 

The Communications Toolkit: Developing the skills to communicate your research, your ideas and yourself with greater ease and impact. Access the course content and register here for the introductory webinar.  Watch this video for an overview of how to access the course. 

 

Courageous Conversations: COMING SOON. Tools to equip you for those difficult conversations that can be needed to keep making progress. Access the course content and register here for the introductory webinar and insights sessions. 

Watch this video for an overview of how to access the course. 

 

Shut up and Write! Academic writing doesn’t have to be lonely, join our online writing group to experience writing as a social process. Join the Team 

 

Editing for Your Reader: Constructing and Punctuating Sentences: focusing on editing your work to improve sentence structure, grammar and punctuation. Access the course content and register here for the Q&A session.

 

Spelling, Paragraph Structure, Constructing an Argument: To engage the reader, writing should be logical, coherent and clearly argued. This course will stress the importance of writing with a reader in mind. Access the course content and register here for the Q&A session.

 

Writing a Summary and Paraphrasing: Discover the differences between writing a summary and writing a paraphrase. Access the course content and register here for the Q&A session.

 

Overcoming Writers Block: Writer’s block is a common problem at all stages in academia, from student to professor. However, researchers have to disseminate and share their findings via the written word so it is important to overcome the fear of the blank page. Access the course content

 

An introduction to Academic Publishing (STEM subjects):  Publishing is a key part of the research process and it is the main way that researchers disseminate their work in academia. Understanding scholarly publishing, how it works and what is expected of authors can help you to navigate the publishing process effectively. Access the course content

 

Navigating Peer Review: A guide to the peer review process, for both authors and reviewers. Access the course content

 

Public Engagement with Research: Whether it is face-to-face or over social media, public engagement helps to encourage people to think actively about research and understand its relevance to them in their daily lives. This series of guides can support you in developing and evaluating your Public Engagement with Research skills. Access the course content

 

Your Digital Footprint: A guide to building your online presence. Access the course content

 

A Guide to Networking: Techniques that you can apply to develop your networking skills throughout your career. Access the course content

 

Impact, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Understanding Research Impact:  Hear from academic staff about their experience and their tips for understanding research impact. Watch the video
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  • Bridging the Gap: Understanding the mindset of business so you can position your research, your ideas and yourself with greater ease and impact. Access the course content. Watch this video for an overview of how to access the course. 
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  • Public Engagement with Research: Whether it is face-to-face or over social media, public engagement helps to encourage people to think actively about research and understand its relevance to them in their daily lives. This series of guides can support you in developing and evaluating your Public Engagement with Research skills. Access the course content
Employability and Careers Beyond your Research

Career Planning and Marketing your Skills:  As you come to the end of your PhD, thinking about your academic career can be daunting. This workshop is designed to help you think strategically about your professional goals and how best to plan your actions to achieve these goals. Register for the course

 

A Guide to Networking: Techniques that you can apply to develop your networking skills throughout your career. Access the course content

 

Teaching and Demonstrating: Resources designed for research students who are new to teaching at the University of Aberdeen which provide guidance if you are involved in delivering tutorials and demonstrating in practical classes. Access the course content (in the Teaching and Demonstrating folder).

Identifying your needs

You should review your skills with your supervisor(s) and use your Six-Monthly Review process to identify areas for development.

It can be very helpful to discuss training with your peers and colleagues, ask them what they found useful.  You may also discuss your development needs with one of the PGR School Training Team pgrs-training@abdn.ac.uk 

When to Undertake Training

When and how you undertake development activities is entirely dependent on your needs and your schedule, however, our Researcher Roadmap will help you plan based on key milestones across your research degree.

If the training you need isn't available

If you cannot identify a suitable activity, course or workshop to meet your needs please contact the PGR School Training Team to discuss pgrs-training@abdn.ac.uk.

Remember you may also be able to audit relevant taught courses that may support your training needs. Explore the Course Catalogue to identify potential courses and discuss with your supervisor.