Researcher Development Hub
Why do I need to do this?
Training in research skills is a key element in the development of all postgraduate research students.
It is widely recognised that future employers, in a wide range of sectors, expect staff to possess a range of generic and transferable skills.
To develop these skills, work with your supervisor(s) to identify training and skill building courses for you to participate in as part of your personal development.
What its about
The Graduate School is committed to providing high quality training to help you develop as a researcher. It aims to provide training in specific research techniques as part of your own project, and skills to enhance your personal and professional development.
In addition to this the Graduate School and Researcher Development teams provide and support training in a wide range of transferable skills to improve your employability.
It is recommended that PGR students take part in the equivalent of 10 days of transferable skills training each year.
This does not mean that you have to undertake 10 days’ worth of formal courses!
A wide range of activities can count towards this with examples listed in the Research Training Handbook. Discuss with your supervisor which RDF skills domain these fit into.
Each course/skill/activity/event is assigned a number of credits. These are not formal credits and are only a guide for you to know how many activities you have completed.
It's your job to complete 20 credits worth over your supervised research period. It's not the goal to get as many credits as possible in just any courses to build up your credits.
Your choices should be well thought out and appropriate for your skills and training needs, career goals and future prospects.
How it works
- Read the Research Training Handbook
- Discuss with your supervisor what courses are appropriate
- Complete the Training Needs Assessment form
- Book the courses
- Attend the courses
- Apply for credits via Ivanti
- Courses will show up on your PGR record in the PGR system
- Courses will also show up on your HEAR transcript
- Credits cannot be claimed retrospectively for previous years
Book a Course
Click ctrlF to search for a course and enter the course name in the pop up search box.
How to Book & Cancel Courses
Some courses can be booked via your MyCampus Student Centre and others will have a link to Moodle.
How To Video
How To Instructions
- Search to enrol for courses using MyCampus (under Self Service - Student Centre / Enrollment / Add by Search / Course Career: PG Research)
- When in the 'Search for Classes' page under the 'Course Catalogue' section, add the 4 digit number of the course code, RSDA6006
- Select Postgraduate Research
- Select Search.
- Select course and date
- Click on the 'my choices' tab
- Select the courses, click on Enrol
- You will receive a confirmation email
- Course venues will be entered onto MyCampus but may be subject to change between the point of booking and the date of the course.
- You will receive an automated reminder, on the Friday prior to the event, letting you know the venue.
- If this is a multi-day course, you must be available to attend all days.
Researcher Development Courses
- Courses for PGRs listed under 'Our Courses'
- All IT courses should be booked via IT Services
English Language Courses
Researcher Development Framework (RDF)
Your Research Training Programme is based on the requirements set out in the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) Councils’ Joint Skills Statement for the development of researchers’ skills and attributes.
It sets out the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of effective and highly skilled researchers as they progress through their career.
It is structured into four domains, which encompass:
- what researchers need to know to do research
- how to be effective in their approach
- when working with others
- and in contributing to the wider environment.
Within each of the domains are three sub-domains and associated descriptors, which describe different aspects of being a researcher.
|(A)Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities||(B)Personal Effectiveness||(C)Research Governance and Organisation||(D)Engagement, Influence and Impact|
| 1.Knowledge base|
| 1.Personal qualities|
3.Professional and career development
| 1.Professional conduct|
3.Finance, funding and resources
|1.Working with others|
2.Communication and dissemination
3.Engagement and impact
See Appendix 1, page 45 of the Research Training Handbook, for a fuller description of the RDF domains.
Postgraduate Student Credit System
There are various type of courses/skills/activities you can get credits for. The goal is not to get as many credits as possible. The goal is to design a well thought out training programme for yourself gaining skills and experience that you can take with you and show to employers.
Here is a breakdown:
|Internal Courses||External Courses||External - outwith the university|
- Full-time students undertaking a PhD should aim to gain 20 skills training credits. You should aim for at least 12 credits in the first year.
- Activities should be done and credits claimed for them in the current academic year.
- Credits cannot be claimed retrospectively from previous academic years.
- All other postgraduate degrees and part-time students should gain credits pro-rata. MScR students should aim for 4-6 credits.
- Self-evaluate your training needs using the Training Needs Assessment Form and the Vitae Researcher Development Document (PDF).
- Meet with your supervisor to review the completed Training Needs Assessment form.
- Agree on a training plan and complete the Researcher Development Log .
- Review your training needs with your supervisor throughout the year at your annual review.
- Induction in October or January
- Equality & Diversity Training for Postgraduate Students
- Research Integrity
- Research Data Management
- Radiation Protection - only for research students working with radiation sources
- Field Work Safety - only for research students undertaking fieldwork
- Introduction to Writing Your Thesis - final year students only
- Preparing for the Viva - final year students only
How to claim credits
Complete the MVLS Skills Credit Application Form:
- Login to the MyGlasgow Student Portal > Create a support call in the Ivanti Helpdesk
- Click on Service Catalogue
- Search for 'MVLS Skills Credit Application Form'
- Complete and submit the form
- Several items can be listed in one claim. Evidence is required.
- You must upload evidence of attendance. Where formal proof is not available, we may accept a timetable, agenda, booking email, etc.
- Skills and training opportunities, that relate to your PGR studies, and are not listed in the Research Training Handbook, are allocated one credit.
- Your school may also have a short training programme for you and will allocate it some credits but credit allocation needs to be authorised by TAAC, the Training and Awards Committee. The Graduate School my require to investigate further.
- This is a manual process and it may take one month for credits to appear on your record on the PGR Progress Review System.
Request a HEAR Transcript
- Transcripts are available from Student Services
Where to find courses & resources
- MVLS Courses - PGR Course A-Z
- Researcher development courses
- IT Services
- University Library
- Training for tutors and demonstrators
- Register as a demonstrator
- Research Integrity Training
- MVLS Courses - Research Training Handbook
- Researcher Development Log
- Training Needs Assessment Form
- English for Academic Study