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Researcher Development

These pages give information on training available for Postgraduate Research at Northumbria.  Book a place by using the booking system.

Overview of Research Training
AHRC Block Grant Partnership
Generic Training
Library Services for Research Students
Vitae
Career Support for Postgraduate Research Students



Overview of Research Training link to top of page

Northumbria is committed to enabling students to develop their full potential, both in completing their research degree programme successfully, and in career planning for the future. Research training is therefore central to each individual student’s research programme.  

A key element of this training is the development of research skills and techniques relevant to the student’s programme, so that they can undertake the research effectively. In addition, students need skills in research management and a broader knowledge of the research environment in which they are working. Personal skills include:
• increased personal effectiveness
• communication skills
• networking
• and team working

All students have access to a structured training programme, organised at University level to provide the skills needed. These skills may be explicitly taught or developed during the course of the candidate’s research programme. Different mechanisms are used in different disciplines and circumstances to support learning as appropriate, including: supervisor support and mentoring, school support, workshops, conferences, training courses, self-direction, formally assessed courses (e.g. Masters level modules) and informal opportunities. It is also important for students to network with fellow researchers beyond the University, and development opportunities in the region and further afield are also available.


AHRC Block Grant Partnership link to top of page

Northumbria and Sunderland Universities collaborate in a joint AHRC Block Grant Partnership and provide a shared training programme to students in the Arts & Humanities at both institutions, with a strong focus on Visual Arts.

Generic Training link to top of page

This covers the general research skills which all students need to acquire. Many of these skills are also of broader use outside of the research programme and directly contribute to the development of skills for future careers. The University provides generic training for all research degree students; this is co-ordinated by the Graduate School and published in the Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme 2013/14. Book a place on any session using the PGR Training - Student Booking System.

In addition, some Academic Schools also provide generic and subject specific training opportunities, and information is available from School Research Administrators.

pdf icon Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme 2013/14


Library Services for Research Students link to top of page

The University Library provides a very extensive range of services to support all researchers. New research students will be able to access many of these services 24/7, including the provision and application of research resource discovery tools, research skills development support, citation and bibliographic control software, plus the Ask4Help enquiry service. All Researchers have access to Research Support Librarians who are available to provide subject specific support and arrange appropriate development and training opportunities within each Faculty.

pdf icon Supporting Research Excellence - University Library


Vitae link to top of page

Development of generic or transferable skills is increasingly important as part of doctoral programmes. Vitae is a national organisation that champions professional and career development for researchers. Vitae's website and courses provide excellent resources to help research degree students assess and develop their personal effectiveness, networking and team working, communication and career management skills. Click on the link below for more info.

link iconVitae


Career Support for Postgraduate Research Students link to top of page

There are a variety of places you can look for jobs and it can be difficult to know where to begin, the guide below acts as a starting point for PGRs at Northumbria. The Graduate School, in collaboration with the University’s careers service, also runs several career focused workshops as part of the postgraduate researcher development programme, details of which can be found in the Postgraduate Researcher Professional Development Programme handbook.

Finding a job that is right for you can take some time, so plan your job search with this in mind. As a research student you will have spent a significant amount of time sourcing and analysing information on your research topic. Searching for a job is very similar and your research skills will be put to good use when looking for a job. Use the resources in the document below to gain more information on the process of finding jobs and tips on developing your strategy.

pdf icon Careers and Job Searching Advice