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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 Centre for Doctoral Training
Professional Development and Research Training
Library Services for Research Students
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 Centre for Doctoral Training link to top of page

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

Professional Development and Research Training link to top of page

The research section within e:Vision will now be used by students to record an ORCID ID and maintain an overall record of Professional Development and Research Training. See our PGR Progession, Supervision and Development pages for details of the Professional Development and Research Training programme, access to the booking system, and guidance and support for using e:Vision.

pdf icon Professional Development and Research Training Programme 2015/6

Library Services for Research Students link to top of page

The University Library provides an extensive range of services to support all researchers. Research students can 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, and the Ask4Help enquiry service.
Check out the A Library for Research guide for more information. All Researchers have access to Skills Development Librarians who are available to provide subject specific support and arrange appropriate development and training opportunities within each Faculty. The Researcher Development Week introduces postgraduate research students, early career researchers and staff to some of the most important skills required to develop into a successful researcher. All the materials used in the programme can be found in the Research Skills section on Skills Plus at any time.

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.

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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.

Research Councils UK provides a number of useful case studies of academic and research careers.

The Careers Service provides information to all students on planning their career.

pdf icon Careers and Job Searching Advice