Supportive training and wellbeing workshops

A wide range of training and workshops are available to postgraduate researchers across all departments throughout the academic year.

We know that it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming as there’s so much going on! So we’ve tried to make it a little easier for you by collating links to all available training in one handy place right here.

Read on for information about the kinds of training offered by each department, and click on the link to view the full schedule of workshops and to book.

RESEARCH EXCELLENCE TRAINING TEAM (RETT)

The go-to for all postgraduate researcher development. RETT offer training across five main areas:

  • Knowledge and intellectual abilities (e.g. searching the literature, problem solving in research, reference management, data management)
  • Personal effectiveness (e.g. resilience and work-life balance, How to Survive your PhD, career planning, networking, time management)
  • Research governance and organisation (e.g. project management tools, preparing for your viva, data protection, social media for researchers, research integrity and ethics)
  • Engagement, influence and impact (e.g. developing academic posters, publishing in journals, networking and collaboration, how to prepare a presentation, public engagement, leadership)
  • Postgraduates who teach (e.g. introduction to teaching and learning)

Register for training sessions via Skillsforge.


WELLBEING & HEALTH WORKSHOPS

The university offers workshops during term time to all students, at any stage of their study to support their mental health and wellbeing.

Workshops include, for example, how to overcome procrastination, how to manage presentation anxiety, or how to deal with perfectionism.

Find more information here.


LIBRARY AND IT DIGITAL SKILLS

Enhance your academic skills with the free training offered by the library, including sessions on:

  • Taking an academic approach to your reading
  • Reference management
  • Working effectively with MS Word and Powerpoint

The library also offers a diverse range of free digital training, both for academic study and for professional skills development. Some examples of training on offer includes:

  • Introduction to Coding
  • Web development (introduction to HTML, CSS, jQuery, Javascript etc.)
  • Data visualisation and infographics

See the full list of sessions and book here.


WRITING AND LANGUAGE SKILLS CENTRE

As well as offering lots of support for improving your (academic) writing and English language, this centre also runs various skills development/academic skills workshops, academic skills lectures and small group sessions (up to 6) for improving your confidence in communicating.

The centre especially recommends the Speaking and Interaction Module to PGRs.

Other workshops include, for example:

  • Reading and critiquing research reports
  • Style and language in academic practice
  • Self-proofreading: tips and tricks

Find out more and register for workshops on the Writing and Language Skills Centre website.


MATHS SKILLS CENTRE

The Maths Skills Centre offers a range of interactive maths and statistics workshops. Each workshop is repeated throughout the year.

Browse workshops and find more information on the Maths Skills Centre website.


HUMANITIES RESEARCH CENTRE

Training offered by the HRC are mainly for arts and humanities researchers but are sometimes also open to other disciplines. Sessions cover issues like careers, impact and engagement, research ethics and presentations.

View the full HRC calendar of events.


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