Training for postgraduate researchers and supervisors

The Graduate School’s Calendar of Events has been designed specifically with postgraduate researchers (PGR) and supervisors in mind. PGRs can book onto training through PhD Manager and Supervisors book through iTrent.

All of our courses are mapped in PhD Manager to Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF) which is a useful tool for planning, promoting, and supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers in higher education. You should discuss this and our training programme with your supervisors (as part of a skills needs analysis) when you start your studies. This will help you to decide which training is particularly useful for you and review it regularly.

As a postgraduate researcher you also have access to wider research skills training which includes an extensive suite of online modules in research ethics and integrity, which can be completed in your own time. 


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Induction and Orientation


A welcome event to meet other postgraduate researchers who, like you, are starting their research journey. You will find out about: how to get up and running; the support available; progression milestones and regulatory requirements; our Researcher Development Programme and University systems like PhD Manager.

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  • Delivery mode: Face-to-face and online via Blackboard Collaborate

  • Date: Wednesday 6th October 2021, 10:00-15:00; Wednesday 5th January 2022, 10:00-15:00; Wednesday 6th April 2022, 10:00-15:00

  • Audience: PGR students

  • Contact: [email protected]

This will outline the rules and regulations associated with the KESS Scheme, followed by a question and answer session with the KESS team.

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  • Delivery mode: Online via Microsoft Teams
  • Date: First week in January, April and October 2022
  • Audience: KESS PGR students
  • Contact: [email protected]

Progression, Thesis and Viva

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This session will help you develop your writing techniques with a particular focus on the literature review section of your thesis.

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  • Delivery mode: In person
  • Date: Wednesday 24th March 2022 in TC104) and online via Blackboard Collaborate (Wednesday 27th October 2021)
  • Audience: PGR early stage
This workshop explores the transition into year two and includes opportunities for meeting other students at the same stage, reflecting on your first year, strategies to help with time and project management, working with your supervisor, staying motivated and (for doctoral students) preparing to transfer / upgrade from MPhil to PhD.

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  • Delivery mode: Online and in person
  • Date: 17th November 2021 in TC104 (January 2021 cohort), 10:00-13:00; Wednesday 12th January 2022 (April 2021 cohort), 10:00-13:00; Wednesday 8th June 2022 (October 2020 cohort), 10:00-13:00
  • Audience: PGR
  • Contact: [email protected]

Whether you are writing a thesis chapter, conference paper or that novel you’ve always had in you, this session offers a supportive and only slightly coercive place to do it. You will have interrupted, structured time to write and plenty of coffee on tap. Please arrive armed with notes, ideas, paper, pens, laptop and most importantly – inspiration!

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Delivery mode: please check on PhD Manager when booking
  • Date: Last Wednesday of every month, Sessions run for two hours from 12 noon to 14:00
  • Audience: PGR
  • Contact: [email protected]

This workshop will equip you with skills to finish your thesis and move on to the next stage. You will learn how to plan and structure your thesis, university requirements for presentation and submission of your work, and how to prepare for your final examination and viva.

PGR Supervisor Training

Dr Leshan Uggalla

This workshop provides an overview of the University’s recruitment and selection process, postgraduate research student milestones and regulations, and the University’s expectations for postgraduate research supervisors.  This is essential for all new supervisors and existing supervisors who need to refresh their knowledge.

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  • Delivery mode: Online and in person
  • Date: 20th October 2021, 12:00-14:00 in TC104; 3rd November 2021 12:00-14:00 online via Blackboard Collaborate; 2nd February 2022 12:00-14:00, Cardiff Campus, CAD101
  • Audience: PGR supervisors
  • Contact: [email protected]

USW Research Degree Regulations are reviewed regularly and there may be small but significant changes to examination regulations and procedures which staff need to be aware of. This workshop is a great forum for the sharing of good (and bad!) practice whether you are a supervisor, first time examiner/chair or an experienced Professor. Mandatory for viva chairs who must keep up to date with this training every five years.

Communicating your Research

Claire Pescott, PhD student in Education

This all-day event is an excellent opportunity for you to gain experience in presenting your research by oral, poster or three-minute thesis (3MT) presentation and answering questions from a judging panel and an audience comprising peers from across the University. The overall winner of the 3MT competition will be entered into Vitae’s national competition.

The morning session of this one-day course will focus on how to prepare for presentation; what to include, how to get your message across, PowerPoint design and preparation. The afternoon provides an opportunity for you to give a short presentation, using your newly acquired skills.

The aim of this seminar is to introduce students to social media and discover ways to develop the use of emerging technologies such as mobile technology. Developing social media skills can support students’ learning and strengthen their online experience.

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  • Delivery mode: In person and online
  • Date: 23rd November 2021, 10:00-12:00 noon, online via Microsoft Teams; 7th April 2022 from 10:00 to 12:00 noon, in person, TC104
  • Audience: PGR
  • Contact: [email protected]

An introduction to research impact, including the drivers, benefits and challenges, and the fundamental principles of impact. The workshop will provide you with the space to think about what impact means for you in the context of your own research. An interactive session with plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions.

The characteristics of academic style, including developing an objective tone, and the use of references in a critical way, are explored and presented within the context of a professional writing process. This workshop will introduce students to postgraduate level writing and form a foundation to help develop your critical thinking.

This session will be dealing with tasks and issues important to finishing off a thesis, such as editing a large document and writing to deadlines.

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  • Delivery mode: Online
  • Date: 22nd March 2022, 10:00 - 17:00 
  • Audience: Full time PGR students in their third year or part-time students in their fourth or fifth year
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Research Data and Systems

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An introductory workshop to Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).

This short session will introduce participants to the qualitative software NVivo, which can be used to assist in the analysis of qualitative data such as interviews, focus groups and questionnaires.

This introduces the background and drivers for why Open Access (OA) plays an increasingly important role in modern research.  You will learn about the major OA policies, including the Research Excellence Framework (REF) Policy as well as the approach from UKRI.  Other areas covered include OA licences, publisher policies and institutional repositories.   

Good Research Data Management (RDM) is an essential part of making research accessible and replicable.  In this course you will learn how to manage your research data as part of good research practice. This includes writing Data Management Plans, archival solutions for long-term access to data and creating research metadata.       

Teaching / Career Development

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In this workshop you will develop an understanding of the way the external funding application process works, the sorts of grants you can apply for and when to apply, and how to write applications quickly and efficiently.

The Brilliant Club’s Researcher Development Programme offers PhD and Early Career Researchers a meaningful, professionally developmental, paid tutoring opportunity. Working as a Scholars Programme tutor enables researchers to communicate their research to a non-specialist audience, gain valuable teaching and public engagement experience and deepen their knowledge of the UK education system.  

You can also apply via the Brilliant Club website.

This introductory workshop is for all students who wish to undertake teaching should the opportunity arise, and for those planning a career in academia. You will learn about: being a teacher in higher education in Wales; what makes a good teacher; how students learn; assessing students’ work; and how you know what you’re doing is working.

Expert advice from enterprising academics and entrepreneurs on how to make the most of your research and the skills you have developed in your studies. You will find out about how your research and critical thinking skills are valued and used by employers from public, private and third sectors.