Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications Graduate School



Training and Development for PGRs

Postgraduate researchers require support to develop a variety of skills, both subject and programme-specific, which relate to their personal and professional career development.

The Graduate School recognises that there is a spectrum of training needs from generic to specific project-related skills. A wide variety of training opportunities are available at both School and University levels, ranging from courses run by SDDU (Staff and Departmental Development Unit), research seminars and conferences, to subject-specific lectures and modules on taught courses across the University. There are also opportunities to go outside the University to conferences and courses.


Resources and Training Activities

Along with the specific resources outlined in the tabs below, there are also a number of broader training and development activities for postgraduate researchers at the University:


In this section:

Careers Centre

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Careers Centre

The Careers Centre offers a wide range of support tailored specifically for postgraduate researchers, including the following services and resources:

  • Planning a career in, or outside of, academia
  • Deciding what to do after your degree or research
  • What the job market looks like for researchers
  • Destinations of previous postgraduate students
  • Links to specialist websites and downloads to help you plan your future

For more information, please visit the Careers Centre website and contact them directly: http://careerweb.leeds.ac.uk/researchers

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The Staff and Departmental Development’s purpose is to enhance the capability and competence of the University’s staff and research students and the effectiveness of its organisational units in delivering world-class activities.

There are some compulsory training sessions to attend as a new PG Researcher, which include the induction course ‘Starting your Research Degree’.  The Graduate School also strongly recommends that you attend ‘Preparing for your Transfer’ and ‘Preparing for your Viva.’

Other courses provided by SDDU can include:

  • Project Managing your Research Degree
  • Time Management
  • Speaking about your research
  • Preparing for your viva
  • Effective poster presentations
  • Effective research writing
  • Working effectively with your supervisor
  • Preparing for your transfer
  • Planning and presenting your Thesis

These courses are usually free of charge (although your School can incur a charge in the event of non-attendance).

Training is also available for PGRs engaged in teaching during their PhD studies. The training is aligned to both the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in the UK (UKPSF), and the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF).

For more information, and to book courses, please visit the SDDU website: http://www.sddu.leeds.ac.uk/ 

LEAP Training Hub

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LEAP Training Hub

The LEAP Training Hub provides access to transferable skills training and development opportunities for Arts, Humanities and Social Science Research Students and Early Career Research Staff in the faculties of LUBS, ESSL, Arts & PVAC (LEAP). Their dedicated team, based in SDDU, offer training and development courses covering a wide range of topics and skills, for example in the areas of Professionalisation, Communications Skills, Research Methodologies, Networking, PhD Process and Career Management skills.

Keep up to date with all of the training and development programmes provided by LEAP by downloading the most recent course guide.

LEAP covers a wide range of areas specifically designed for your personal and professional development such as:

  • IT training
  • Teaching
  • Jobs and careers management for researchers
  • Communication skills
  • Professionalisation
  • Ethics training sessions for researchers
  • Information management and library courses
  • The PhD process

To look at these training areas in more detail, please visit LEAP’s Research Student Courses page.

IT training resources

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IT Training & Resources

The IT department at the University of Leeds offers a range of free IT training for research staff and postgraduates, developed to meet the needs of researchers.

It covers a wide spectrum of training opportunities, whether this achieved via classroom-based workshops, or e-learning modules for specific software packages, or online inductions for new members of staff and PG Researchers.

Among the many software-specific training packages, courses are also available on the following programmes:

  • Digital Images Theory
  • Digital Images and Photo using PaintshopPro
  • Digimap: Intro to digital map of GB
  • Excel for Research Part 1 – Fundamentals
  • Excel for Research Part 2 – Manipulating Data
  • Excel for Research Part 3  -Calculating Data
  • Overview of Graphics and Mapping Software
  • Nvivo Part 1
  • Nvivo Part 2
  • Nvivo Part 3
  • Nvivo Part 4
  • Introduction to OriginPro
  • PowerPoint Techniques
  • SPSS for Beginners
  • SPSS for Intermediate
  • Word for Thesis Part 1
  • Word for Thesis Part 2 – working with objects

For more information on courses and how to book this (free) training, please visit IT Training courses for PG Researchers

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Researcher@Library provides researchers with information, support and resources specifically tailored towards PGRs. The Library offers support for researchers undertaking literature reviews, and runs workshops on finding and managing information.

Courses and workshops can include:

  • Developing your Research Profile
  • Literature Searching for your Research Degree
  • Current awareness and keeping up to date
  • End note
  • e-Thesis
  • Copyright for PhDs
  • Research data management and support
  • Academic skills training through Skills@Library

For more information, and how to book onto a course or workshop, please contact Researcher@Library directly: https://library.leeds.ac.uk/researcher-about

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Student Education Service

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Student Education Service

Information on the Researcher Development Statement and Framework, Courses and Workshops, Personal Development Plans, Training and Development Plans, the National Researcher Development Framework and employability can be found via the Postgraduate Training & Development page on the SES website.

On this part of the SES website, you will find more information on courses provided by the University, as well as training and development plans, details on how to keep a personal development plan, and a step-by-step guide about training and development.

Useful links to the SES website:

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