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. Log in to SkillsForge to browse, view dates and further details and book onto training courses.

Managing your research

Becoming an Effective Researcher Tutorial (BERT) (online)

Completing your thesis: the process and requirements

Creativity and problem solving in research

Developing effective leadership and people management skills


Know your (copy)rights

Managing your research data

Preparing a funding proposal: what goes into a grant?

Preparing for your viva

Project management tools

Searching the literature

Social media for researchers

The networked researcher: Twitter, Blogging, online reputation (online)

Time management tools

Tools for professional development planning

What counts? An introduction to Bibliometrics

Careers and employability

Academic careers: what's involved?

Academic careers: CVs and applications

Academic careers: interviews

Career planning for research students

Non-academic careers: CVs and applications

Non-academic careers: interviews

Legal and ethical research compliance

Data Protection

Research integrity and ethics

Research Integrity Tutorial (RIT) (online)

Communication, writing and presenting

3 Minute Thesis competition (event)

Advanced oral presentations: secrets of great presenters

Developing an academic poster

Getting published in peer-reviewed journals

How to prepare a presentation

Making the most of your voice

Open access publication

Preparing for 3 Minute Thesis

Presenting with Powerpoint and slides

YorkTalks: PhD Research Spotlight competition (event)

Writing a thesis: Arts and Humanities

Writing a thesis: Sciences and Social Sciences

Writing a thesis: using words and grammar effectively

Thesis essentials: creating your thesis using Word

Preparing for teaching

Dealing with difficult situations in teaching

Effective lecturing

English language and communication workshops for internationally recruited GTAs

Giving effectove feedback on student work

Introduction to teaching and learning (mandatory for those who will be teaching)

Introduction to using blogs and Twitter in teaching

Planning assessment methods for student work

Structuring and designing teaching sessions

Supporting students with a disability

Teaching international students

Using technology to enhance your teaching

York Learning and Teaching Award (YLTA) (accredited programme)

Collaboration, partnership and impact

Networking and collaboration: how can it help your research?

Public engagement of research

What is research impact?

What is knowledge exchange?

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News and events

Postgraduate Research Students Training and Support 2017/18

To view the the courses RETT is running in 2017/18, the stage in your degree at which we suggest you attend and in which month/s the course will run click: PGR course list 17/18 (PDF  , 415kb) 

To view specific dates and to book training visit the SkillsForge welcome page

Online Induction

Becoming an Effective Researcher Tutorial (BERT)

Professional development planning

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