Skills Forge

SkillsForge is the University's online record of training and professional development for PhD students.  All PhD researchers should automatically have an account.  Visit to log in.

How do I log in to Skills Forge?

Use your ordinary biology username and password to login. For further information on using Skills Forge, Skills Forge Guide (MS Word  , 7kb) review the document.

It won't let me log in - what should I do?

This means that for some reason, you are not "on the system". This could be because you are very new in the department, haven't been allocated a supervisor, or there's some problem with your student number (called your SITS number).    If you can't log in, contact Lorna Warnock and Emma Rand who will pass your details to the person that sorts out the accounts.

I've done some training, but it hasn't appeared on Skills Forge. What should I do?

There are some things that should automatically appear, and others that you have to tell Lorna and Emma about.

Things that should appear automatically are:

  • training courses you do with RDT or POD
  • training courses that you do here in the Department of Biology

There are other things that you will need to tell us about by adding them to skills forge. These include:

  • conferences
  • external training courses
  • outreach events
  • researchers in residence

To add your training to Skills Forge?

  • log in
  • click on Record my own development activity
  • scroll down to the 2nd set of boxes entitled  ‘Other Development Activities’
  • You will be invited to add your activity into the appropriate columns including, Date, Activity, Type & Category