Courses in this category refer to the Researcher Development Framework Domain B: Personal Effectiveness.

This refers to the personal qualities and approach to be an effective researcher.

Investigate your career drivers - what informs your career choices and how can career decision making be eased.  Using a range of tools to encourage self–reflection and discussion we will consider how this information will inform job search strategies.  Leave the workshop with a clearer idea of career direction.

To meet increasing competition in the job market, learn the basics for writing effective applications.  You will be introduced researcher specific guidelines for CV writing, plot your current or newly created CV against suggested criteria and start building an effective CV that will form part of an overall application.  


A standard CV is no longer sufficient to support your overall application for a job; employers want to see that you have used the job description to tailor your CV to meet their requirements; based on your skills, knowledge and experience. 


Do you recognise the value of your research skills to employers?  Marketing yourself appropriately is essential in today’s job market.  In this workshop we will recognise the value of self-knowledge to career management and increase your awareness of how to market yourself effectively in applications and at interviews.


Networking works magically. Creating good networks is essential to finding job opportunities and identifying career options. It is stated that 60% of jobs are found via our networks and people often lack confidence or ‘know how’ to network effectively.


Effective networking is the most successful way to identify hidden career opportunities.  It is stated that 60% of jobs are secured via personal networks. The problem is people are usually reluctant to engage with others and develop contacts. Practicing in a ‘safe’ environment will increase confidence to build your networks.

Interviews can be daunting occasions; however with appropriate and sufficient preparation you might even learn to enjoy them.  We will consider how best to prepare, the types of interview formats employers are using and practice in a safe environment; ready to meet face to face with your prospective employer.


This session will provide you with an insight into networking and the role of social media within this as well as developing an understanding of where is best to network as a PGR.


Postgraduate research for some can be a stressful and emotionally demanding experience.

This workshop looks briefly at the theory of anxiety in order to understand the reason why building a structured form of relaxation into your schedule can significantly reduce stress.

You will have an opportunity to practice a relaxation exercise and experience a guided visualisation.


This one-off session is for PGRs who are around half-way through their doctorate, and will help you to refocus on the goals and motivations for your doctorate.

The research process, whether it is for a master’s dissertation or a PhD, can be very challenging.  Consequently, approaches that are able to support this process are much valued.  Reflective practice is one such approach. It can encourage the development of analytical skills and critical thinking, help generate new insights and understanding, and afford a mechanism for capturing the decision-making process.  Reflective writing can also represent a data source in itself. 


This is your opportunity to meet with employers specifically seeking people with your high level research skills.  Find out what they want, identify opportunities and tell them about your career plans.  Previous employers who have attended include – Jaguar Land Rover, IBM, Rolls-Royce, Frazer Nash, Bombardier, Tessella, PTS Consulting, Dstl, Thales.

This course is for final year students only, and will give you an opportunity to discuss the thesis examination process, including what question types might be expected in your viva and to consider how you might best approach defending your thesis.

This workshop looks at how you can develop a good working relationship with your supervisor, to smooth the path to your research degree.

How do you draw your research together into a thesis? This course looks at the structure of your thesis and how to decide upon chapter content, so that the thesis is well presented.

This session aims to enhance the effectiveness researchers by building their understanding, skills and confidence in: communication, time management, problem solving, assertiveness.