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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.

The Research Excellence Training (RET) Team have moved all training for Summer Term 2020 online (via Zoom, Google Hangouts and through webinars). Resources and slides will be made accessible to participants in advance coupled with an online session/discussion at the time scheduled. If, for whatever reason, the session cannot be delivered online, the resources will be made available to participants to enable self-directed learning. The RET Team are using this period to evaluate the effectiveness of online learning and refine future provision to best serve students and staff. See An Update on PGR Training and Support and check further updates on the Research Student Community blog.  


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.