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Skills development

Each person’s entry level and career pathway before their PhD differs, so everyone will learn different aspects of research during their PhD programme. It is an excellent time to learn new skills and develop existing ones. Seek out and make use of the opportunities available. Auditing Masters modules, teaching, attending and presenting at conferences, workshops, training courses, departmental activities, and even involvement with student-led societies will add hugely to your overall PhD experience.

If you are a mature student who has been out of formal higher education for more than a few years, it can feel difficult to brush up on your academic skills. Make this part of your learning routine but never, never let this make you feel less capable.

- Sharon, Year 4

Read widely and engage with subjects outside your thesis. This will keep you sustained! - Sharon, Year 4

Don’t think that the 3 - 4 years of your PhD journey should be spent only on your thesis. Make use of all the opportunities available to develop other skills and be involved in other things. Teaching, attending and presenting at conferences, workshops, training courses, departmental activities and even student societies or sports will add hugely to your overall PhD experience. You’ll sharpen so many existing skills and develop new ones.

- Sam, Year 4