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Research students

We aim to provide you with hard and soft transferable skills to assist you in your studies and your career. You will find here information resources, relevant training and development resources and access to careers support planning.

The majority of the links below will take you to SkillsForge which is the University's system for postgraduate research student development. There you can browse, find details for and book onto a range of training courses.


Upcoming Events

Legal and ethical research compliance

Data protection

Know your (copy)rights

Research integrity and ethics

Research Integrity Tutorial (RIT) (online)
(The Research Integrity Tutorial is located in the Yorkshare VLE module list for all PGR students.)

Public engagement

There are numerous opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate your presentation and research communication skills as well as events at which you can showcase your research to enhance the profile of your work.

Workshops include:

Advanced oral presentations: secrets of great presenters

How to prepare a presentation

Making the most of your voice

Presenting with Powerpoint and slides

Public engagement of research

Evaluation of Public Engagement - Developing your Approach

Events include:

3 Minute Thesis competition - PhD students are challenged to educate and engage an audience with their research in just three minutes.

Falling Walls Lab York - York's brightest and best compete every two years to challenge society with their innovative ideas and research. 

ResearchBites - an informal opportunity for new research students to develop research communication skills. Takes place in the Summer term.

PhD Spotlight Competition - sees students chosen to exhibit their research at YorkTalks, a key University research event that takes place every January.



Teaching and demonstrating

Academic Practice provides training for those who are preparing for teaching. Whether you're a postgraduate researcher, a new Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or an experienced GTA, Academic Practice offers a range of schemes and programmes adapted to your needs.

Postgraduate Research Student Training and Support 2019/20

Take a look at the wide range of training courses we have on offer for Postgraduate students in 2019/20 - RETT PGR Leaflet 2019-20 (PDF , 584kb)

Professional development planning

A Professional Development Plan (PDP) helps you think about the skills, behaviours and attitudes you want to develop as a researcher at York.