The PGR School Researcher 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. The programme is delivered across several thematic areas, specifically designed to enable you to identify and develop skills, and acquire the knowledge and expertise needed to complete your PhD and develop your career.

Explore the opportunities in the tabs below. All courses can be booked through the course booking system.

Shut Up and Write

Shut-up and Write sessions for PhDs

Academic writing doesn’t have to be lonely – join Shut-up and Write for PhDs to experience writing as a social process

Benefits:

Writing with others makes you more accountable and improves productivity
An opportunity to discuss your writing issues with others and receive support
Helps to make real progress with your writing
Nurtures the sense of belonging to an academic community across the University

Purpose:

Establish a stable routine by making a commitment to show up for the sessions
Write without interruptions and distractions for a fixed amount of time
Set precise goals at the beginning and reflect on your progress at the end of each session – this will help you  to understand and improve your productivity
Share your experience with others to foster group motivation and support

Etiquette:

Each session has a facilitator who provides guidance and ensures discipline
Participants share their writing goals at the beginning of each session (about 10 minutes)
No use of Internet or mobile phones during the entire session
No talking or other disruptive behaviour during the writing part of the session
A group discussion at the end of the session to share progress or any issues and provide feedback (about 15-20 minutes)


Sharing personal goals and reflections is entirely optional.
 

Join Shut-up and Write and turn the daunting task of writing into a steady habit that generates remarkable results! Check out the course booking system for the next session

Workshops by Theme

View the list of all PGR School workshops by theme which are available for postgraduate research students.  

Toolkit: Digital Learning Resources

Toolkit porvides digital learning resources designed to help with digital skills, understanding how to use University software, discovering useful apps and exploring University services. Have a look at the dedicated Postgraduate Research page on the Toolkit website.

Scottish Graduate Schools Training Programmes and Summer Schools

As an Arts or Humanities researcher you have access to opportunities provided through the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities including advanced training, funding and professional internships. 

As a Social Science researcher, you have access to the activities and opportunities offered through the Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences including advanced training and a summer school.

 

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Getting Started

Getting Started: Essential information and tools to help you develop good habits and make the best start to each year of your research degree. 

To reflect on your development in this area, visit the Researcher Roadmap pages.

Available Courses:

PGR School Induction  – Oct 2019

Year 1: Getting Started with your PhD (Online)

Year 2: Keep Going (Online)

Year 3: Finish up, Move on (Online)

Managing your Supervisor/Establishing the Supervisory Relationship - Oct 2019

Assertiveness Skills: How to Handle Challenging Conversations to Achieve your Goals – Dec 2019; Mar 2020
 

Ethics, Governance and Integrity

Knowledge of the standards, requirements and professionalism to ensure you undertake research safely and with integrity.

To reflect on your development in these areas, visit the Researcher Roadmap pages.

 

Available Courses:

Research Governance & Ethics (PGR School) – MANDATORY

Research Integrity (PGR School) – MANDATORY

Equality & Diversity (PGR School) – MANDATORY

Health & Safety (PGR School) – MANDATORY

Qualitative Research Ethics (Qualitative Research Network) – Date TBC
 

 

Writing and Publishing

Skills for improving academic writing, managing references and developing an understanding of the editing and publication process.
 

To reflect on your development in these areas, visit the Researcher Roadmap pages.

 

Available Courses:

Academic Writing:
•    Language, Style & Argument Construction – Nov 2019
•    Summarising & Paraphrasing  – Dec 2019
•    Grammar and Punctuation  – Oct 2019
•    How to Love Writing your PhD – Nov 2019

Navigating Peer Review – Oct 2019 and Online (Dec 2019)

Getting Started with your Thesis – Nov 2019; Mar 2020 and Online (Dec 2019)

Shut up and Write Groups – on both campuses on alternate weeks; no meeting on the 5th week of a month. 
Virtual “Shut up and Write” – regularity TBC.

Introduction to Citation Analysis – Oct 2019

What is Open Access? – Online (Nov 2019)

Writing about Data – Oct 2019

Conducting a Literature Review - Dec 2019; May 2020. Online (Dec 2019)

Critical Appraisal of the Literature: Physical and Life Sciences – Dec 2019

Introduction to Academic Publishing – Online (Oct 2019)

Academic Publishing (discipline specific) – Online (Dec 2019)

Constructing Arguments in Scientific Writing - Online (Oct 2019)

Overcoming Writers Block – Online (Oct 2019)
 

Research Methods and Research-Related Skills

Guidance and practical tools to help support your research including data collection, analysis and interpretation of findings.

To reflect on your development in these areas, visit the Researcher Roadmap pages.

 

Available Courses:

Conducting a Literature Review – Dec 2019; May 2020; Online (Dec 2019)

Using NVivo for your Literature Review – Oct 2019; Jan 2020

Developing and Refining Research Questions – Dec 2019; Mar 2020

Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods – Jan 2020

Basic Statistics – May 2020

Conducting Interviews (Qualitative Research Network) – Feb 2020

Qualitative Study Design – Oct 2019

Recruitment in Qualitative Research (Qualitative Research Network) – Nov 2019

Grounded Theory (Qualitative Research Network) – date TBC

Narrative Theory within Qualitative Research (Qualitative Research Network)  – date TBC

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) within Qualitative Research (Qualitative Research Network)  – date TBC

Managing Information and Data

Where and how to find the information and literature related to your research and how to store and manage it appropriately.

To reflect on your development in these areas, visit the Researcher Roadmap pages.

 

Available Courses:

Information Security and Research Data Management – MANDATORY

Literature Searching: Databases and References (Library) – Check course booking system for dates

Writing about Data – Oct 2019

LaTex – Nov 2019

Introduction to NVivo and Coding – Nov 2019; Feb 2020

Using NVivo for your Literature Review – Nov 2019; Jan 2020

NVivo Attributes, Cases and Sets – Nov 2019; Feb 2020

Uncertainty Analysis: Errors in Data – Feb 2019

Using R for Statistical Analysis – Apr 2020

Basic Statistics – May 2020

Networking, Presentation and Engagement

Skills and techniques to enhance your communication skills for a range of academic and alt-academic audiences to present your findings and develop your network.

To reflect on your development in these areas, visit the Researcher Roadmap pages.

 

Available Courses:

Presentation Skills: 
•    Intonation – throughout the year
•    Presentation Structure and Story-Telling – Nov 2019; Jan 2020
•    Presenting with Confidence (General Presentation Skills) – throughout the year
•    Presenting your Data Visually – Feb 2020

Developing your Digital Footprint – Online (Dec 2019)

Networking and Collaboration – Dec 2019; Mar 2020

Designing Engaging and Interactive Teaching Sessions (Brilliant Club) – Feb 2020

3 Minute Thesis Competition – May 2020

Images of Research Competition – May 2020

STEM Ambassador Delivery Skills – Nov 2019

Introduction to Public Engagement: Sharing research with the world – Nov 2019

Conference Planning – Jan 2020

What is Networking and Why is it so Hard? – Online (Nov 2019)

Impact, Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise

The knowledge and skills required to recognise the potential impact of your research on wider society and how to engage others with it.

To reflect on your development in these areas, visit the Researcher Roadmap pages.

 

Available Courses:

Developing your Digital Footprint – Online (Dec 2019)

Introduction to Citation Analysis – Oct 2019

What is Open Access? – Online (Nov 2019)

Innovation, Collaboration and Business Insights – Oct 2019

Introduction to Policy Landscape – Nov 2019

Understanding Policy Development – Feb 2020

Getting a Job outside Academia – Dec 2019; Mar 2020

Evaluating Public Engagement: Demonstrating Impact – Feb 2020
 

Leadership

Taking a leading role to ensure you get the most out of your working relationships during your doctorate and beyond.

To reflect on your development in this area, visit the Researcher Roadmap pages.

 

Available Courses:

Assertiveness Skills: How to Handle Challenging Conversations to Achieve your Goals – Dec 2019; Mar 2020

Networking & Collaboration – Dec 2019; Mar 2020

Influence and Persuasion in the Professional Context – Dec 2019; Mar 2020
 

Teaching and Demonstrating

Understanding, developing and reflecting on the tools required to support teaching and learning.

To reflect on your development in these areas, visit the Researcher Roadmap pages.

 

Available Courses:

Teaching and Demonstrating courses are delvered by the Centre for Academic Development, check their webpages or contact them at cad@abdn.ac.uk for more information.

Introduction to Teaching (CAD) – Online (Jan 2020)

Principles in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Check with the Centre for Academic Development)

Small Group Teaching (Check with your School and the Centre for Academic Development)

Demonstrator Training (Check with Centre for Academic Development) throughout the year
 

Employability and Career Progression

So what are you going to do with your PhD? Reflecting on the skills you have, making a plan to develop those you need and how to market them to different sectors for the next stage of your career.

To reflect on your development in these areas, visit the Researcher Roadmap pages.

 

Available Courses:

Strategic Academic Career Planning – Dec 2019; Mar 2020

Interviewing for your First Job after the PhD – Dec 2019; Mar 2020

Getting a Job outside Academia – Dec 2019; Mar 2020

How to Market your PhD – Apr 2020

Interview Skills for Arts, Humanities and Social Science Researchers – Sept 2019; Feb 2020

Interview Skills for Life and Physical Sciences – Sept 2019; Feb 2020

CV and Cover Letters for Arts, Humanities and Social Science Researchers – Sept 2019; Feb 2020

CV and Cover Letters for Life and Physical Sciences – Sept 2019; Feb 2020

Career Networking Event – Dec 2019

Attracting your Own Research Funding – Feb 2020
 

Self-Management, Resilience and Wellbeing

Essential skills to help you successfully navigate your research degree, stay motivated and develop an effective work-life balance.

To reflect on your development in these areas, visit the Researcher Roadmap pages.

 


Available Courses:

Resilience, Physical, Mental and Digital Wellbeing – throughout the year

Fighting Impostor Syndrome – Dec 2019; Mar 2020

Procrastination and Time-Management – Nov 2019

Assertiveness Skills: How to Handle Challenging Conversations to Achieve your Goals – Dec 2019; Mar 2020
 

Digital Skills

How digital technologies can enhance your research activity, career progression and employability.

To reflect on your development in this area, visit the Researcher Roadmap pages.

 

Available courses:

ICT Courses (Check the Training and Documentation Team webpages)

Developing your Digital Footprint – Online (Dec 2019)

Getting Social: How to Find Online Voice – Nov 2019

Presenting your Data Visually – Feb 2020