The PGR School provides a dedicated training programme to support your personal and professional development throughout your entire PhD journey.
Our programme is a mixture of live workshops, on-demand resources and various opportunities to put your skills into practice.

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

 

Induction and Orientation

PGR Orientation Week: a series of sessions during 01-05 November to help you make a successful start to your PhD.

A Lens on the PhD: Reflections of Supervision:  A facilitated discussion with a small group of University of Aberdeen supervisors, for the recently enrolled PGRs to provide an insight into what to expect from the supervisory relationship; to hear from supervisors what it is like to supervise; to learn about good practice for setting up the relationship. This is part of the PGR Welcome Event. Register here

Keeping Going with your PhD: An interactive workshop for year 2 PGRs to help reflect on how far they've come, to recognise the challenges ahead (motivation, imposter, resilience), to be realistic about what to expect in this year, to make some plans, some mitigations for common challenges. Register here

Viva Survivor:  for postgraduate researchers who want to know how to be ready for their viva. Register here

 

Academic Writing

Editing for Your Reader: Constructing and Punctuating Sentences: focusing on editing your work to improve sentence structure, grammar and punctuation. Register here

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. Register here

Writing a Summary and Paraphrasing: Discover the differences between writing a summary and writing a paraphrase. Register here

Preparing the Literature Review: Doing a literature review at postgraduate level requires knowing what you want, having the right mind-set when approaching it, and using the right strategy to deploy your time best. This workshop will approach all of these problems and help you develop a system that will save time, clarify focus and build confidence. Register here 

Preparing to Write your Thesis: Writing a doctoral thesis can seem like a huge task. It's certainly one of the largest pieces of writing and most sustained writing exercises that many of us will ever do. This course addresses some of the practical issues surrounding:

  • Knowing precisely what your thesis is needs to do,
  • How to structure your thesis,
  • The thinking behind a realistic thesis writing plan - and how to execute it,
  • How to make sure that your argument is clear,
  • Overcoming the challenges of writing up,
  • Lots of techniques, hints and tips for academic writing and editing,
  • Helping your supervisor to help you throughout the thesis production process,
  • The importance of the regulations.

Register here

Digital and IT Skills

Introduction to NVivo: In this workshop there will be an overview of what the Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) NVivo can and cannot do. Register here

Focus on Word: The Training and Development team run a series of workshops to help you build your thesis - find the courses on the course booking system. 

Focus on Excel: The Training and Development team run a series of workshops to help you manage your data with excel - find the courses on the course booking system. 

Creating Posters in Powerpoint: The Training and Documentation team run courses to help you with technical guidance for building posters - find the courses on the course booking system. 

Basic Statistics: (More info coming soon)

Wellbeing

Overcoming Procrastination: This workshop will explore why we procrastinate, how it impacts our work, which techniques work best for overcoming intense procrastination, and how to find the motivation to not avoid important tasks. Register here

Anxiety Workshops: The Counselling Service deliver several workshops for PGR students to help understand and manage anxiety, Find the courses on the course booking system.

Negotiation, Influence and Assertiveness in the Professional Context: This workshop will provide you with tools and hands-on experience in the art of negotiation. You will learn how to listen to and assess your audience, test new approaches, and implement a range of methods that will help you get your ideas through at work. Register here

Understanding Imposter Syndrome: This workshop will help you recognise imposter syndrome, identify common triggers and learn mechanisms that re-frame and alleviate impostorism. Register here

Research and Project Management

Practical Project Management for your PhD: This worksop will explore the concepts of project management and practical advice that can be applied to your research project. Register here

Designing Qualitative Research Studies: This session will explore undertaking research using a number of qualitative and mixed methodologies to help you shape and develop your own qualitative study designs. Register here

Navigating Peer-Review: In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the academic publishing and peer review system through short presentations, discussions and peer review exercises. Register here

Attracting your Own Research Funding: Writing & Applying for Fellowships: How do you go about the process of applying for your own postdoctoral research fellowship? There is more to it than filling in an application form: you will have to propose and design an innovative project, identify a senior researcher to advise you and approach them about being involved in your project, convince the application reviewers that you are the right person, name referees and more. This workshop will provide practical guidance to help you identify and prepare an application. Register here 

Developing and Refining Research Questions: This session will help you define your research questions, work through the problems these may present, and learn ways to refine the scope of the questions to more distinct and precise parameters. Register here

Introduction to NVivo: In this workshop there will be an overview of what the Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) NVivo can and cannot do. Register here

Negotiation, Influence and Assertiveness in the Professional Context: This workshop will provide you with tools and hands-on experience in the art of negotiation. You will learn how to listen to and assess your audience, test new approaches, and implement a range of methods that will help you get your ideas through at work. Register here

Networking and Collaboration: Attending a conference is not just about presenting a paper or listening to exciting panel discussions. One of the most important aspects of conference-going is networking. This workshop will provide you with the tools and practical experience to tackle any networking situation more effectively and allow you to best lead or participate in collaborative work. Register here

Communication and Dissemination

Good Feedback: Asking for it; Getting it; and Responding to it. Feedback is essential to help you make progress and improve the quality of you outputs. This workshop will look at asking more specific questions and being clear about the type of feedback you want. Register here

Presentation Skills: Structure. This workshop is about presenting in a clear and engaging way. It includes practical sessions where participants develop elements of a good presentation structure for their future use. Register here.

Presentation Skills: Storytelling. This workshop will help you learn about the importance of storytelling in public speaking and different ways of telling a story. Register here

Negotiation, Influence and Assertiveness in the Professional Context: This workshop will provide you with tools and hands-on experience in the art of negotiation. You will learn how to listen to and assess your audience, test new approaches, and implement a range of methods that will help you get your ideas through at work. Register here

Networking and Collaboration: Attending a conference is not just about presenting a paper or listening to exciting panel discussions. One of the most important aspects of conference-going is networking. This workshop will provide you with the tools and practical experience to tackle any networking situation more effectively and allow you to best lead or participate in collaborative work. Register here

3 Minute Theis Competition preparatory workshop: The session will include information about the competition, as well as provide training in communication and presentation skills to enable you to present your research in an engaging and accessible way. Find out more about the competition.

Social Media for Researchers:  Discover how to use social media to foster meaningful interactions and share your work with as many people as possible. Form tweets to live streams this interactive session is packed with ideas of how to maximise your use of social media as a researcher.  Register here

Impact and Engagement

Social Media for Researchers:  Discover how to use social media to foster meaningful interactions and share your work with as many people as possible. Form tweets to live streams this interactive session is packed with ideas of how to maximise your use of social media as a researcher.  Register here

3 Minute Theis Competition Preparatory Workshop: The session will include information about the competition, as well as provide training in communication and presentation skills to enable you to present your research in an engaging and accessible way. Find out more about the competition. Find out more about the 3 Mintute Thesis Competition.

Research Impact Essentials: more information coming soon.

Careers and Employability

Career Planning and Marketing Yourself and your Skills: 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 here

Careers Ouside of Academia: This workshop will help you understand how a researcher can use their knowledge and skills in the private sector. Register here

Networking and Collaboration: Attending a conference is not just about presenting a paper or listening to exciting panel discussions. One of the most important aspects of conference-going is networking. This workshop will provide you with the tools and practical experience to tackle any networking situation more effectively and allow you to best lead or participate in collaborative work. Register here

Interviewing for your First Job After the PhD: This workshop is a highly practical session in which you will learn how to perform most effectively at each of the stages of an interview for an academic position. Register here

Attracting your Own Research Funding: Writing & Applying for Fellowships:  How do you go about the process of applying for your own postdoctoral research fellowship? There is more to it than filling in an application form: you will have to propose and design an innovative project, identify a senior researcher to advise you and approach them about being involved in your project, convince the application reviewers that you are the right person, name referees and more. This workshop will provide practical guidance to help you identify and prepare an application. Register here 

 

Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Check back soon for upcoming courses and events

There are many other teams across the university who provide training opportunities for researchers:
Grant’s Academy (grant application development, research funding)
Public Engagement with Research (engaging with stakeholders and end users)
Impact and Knowledge Exchange (research impact, enterprise and entrepreneurship and engaging with industry)
Centre for Academic Development (Support for Teaching and Professional Accreditation)
Training and Documentation and Digital Research teams (IT related and digital research related training)
Library (information skills, open access, scholarly communications).

Your School/Department (discipline specific training, such as methods training) – check with your School PGR Coordinator or School’s website.