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How to book and cancel courses

The following courses are available to all research students and are organised by the Researcher Development Team ( within Research & Innovation Services

A short video guide on how to enrol on our courses

How to enrol on a course:

Enrolment for mandatory courses is via Moodle. Follow the link in the course description, or find the course using the Moodle search bar.

Enrolment or cancellation for other courses is via MyCampus unless otherwise stated in the course description. To enrol on a course on MyCampus:

  1. Under Self Service, click Student Centre > Enrollment > Add by Search > Course Career: PG Research.
  2. Add a keyword search of the Course/workshop and select your preferred course and date which will be added to your 'my choices'. 
  3. Make sure you click on the 'my choices' tab. Then select the courses from the table view and then click on 'enrol'.
  4. Click 'Finish Enrolling' to complete enrolment on the course/workshop.

If this is a multi-day course, you must be available to attend all days.


How to find your course venue:

You will find the venue or webinar link in your UofG Life App timetable. It takes up to 24 hours from booking a course for it to come through to your timetable, so we recommend enrolling early. 

During Semester 1 all live courses will run as online webinars, using the Zoom platform. We hope to resume face-to-face courses in Semester 2. For webinars you will need a screen and computer audio (headphones or speakers). It is best to log in through your university zoom account. Arrive early to make sure the software is working, and give your full name and university number so that your attendance can be correctly recorded. 


What to do if...

You can find the course but it won't let you book

If you can find the course but it doesn't let you book a space, this might be because it's only open to students from a particular College. For example, each of the four Graduate Schools runs their own academic writing course.

You can't find the course on MyCampus

First, try a different keyword search. If your course handbook contains the course code (e.g. RSDC & 6025 - RSDC is the Subject Area, and 6025 is the Catalogue Number) you can also use this to search. If this doesn't work, this might mean that the course is not available for booking through MyCampus and you need to email someone to register (normally because additional information is needed for you to apply for a place). This will be highlighted on these web pages or in your Graduate School's course handbook.

Please see below for the best format for searching.

How to search for courses

 You get an error message

If you are getting an error message, please take a screenshot and log an IT helpdesk call, describing the problem.


How to cancel a course:

If you need to cancel your place, please give as much notice as possible so we can ensure your place is allocated to another student. Except in the case of illness or emergency, we require (at minimum) 2 working days notice. We would prefer at least two weeks!

Failure to provide this minimum notice will result in your student record showing non-attendance and your School/Supervisor will be informed as part of the annual progress review. 

To cancel your place on a course via MyCampus:

  1. Use this guide to complete the steps below: Dropping a Class.
  2. Select the 'drop courses' tab.
  3. Select the course(s) you wish to drop.
  4. Click 'Drop Selected Courses' then click 'Finish Dropping'.

In case of illness or emergency, you should register this via the My Absence function on MyCampus. This will then be recorded as an absence on your student record.


How to join a course waiting list:

If the course is full, please join the waiting list so we know there is demand and we will try to accommodate it. To join a course waitlist, log onto MyCampus and complete the following steps: Enrolment on a Waiting List

How do I know if I've been moved from the waiting list to 'attending'?
We often have cancellations in the week leading up to the course. If this is the case, you will automatically be moved to the attending list and will receive a confirmation email that evening (with a list of all the courses that you are booked onto). The course will also be confirmed in your timetable, i.e. your status is updated from 'waiting' to enrolled.

You will get a reminder the Friday before the course.  However, if you were added to the waiting list at the start of the week and the course is later that week, you won't get a reminder. If you no longer wish to attend, you will need to cancel ('drop') the course, as described above.


Any other questions?

Please get in touch by emailing We try not to send too many emails and use the Researcher Development Blog and Twitter (@researchdreams) to share news, resources or events taking place here or elsewhere which might be useful for PG research students.

Mandatory Courses for new PGRs

Research Integrity - Course link
Discover the principles of good and ethical practice in research and its publication and raise your awareness of the problems that can arise and how to avoid them. You will complete the first part of this course online at your own pace. You will then be guided to sign up for a 1-hour webinar to apply this knowledge. You must complete the self-paced and webinar components of this course.

Research Data Management - Course link
♦ Mandatory Course for MVLS and Science and Engineering♦
Learn about data management in an accessible way that you can apply to your own work. You will complete the first part of this course online at your own pace. You will then be able to sign up for an optional 1-hour webinar to apply this knowledge. 

Equality and Diversity TrainingCourse link 
The University of Glasgow is committed to promoting equality in all its activities and aims to provide a work, learning, research and teaching environment free from discrimination and unfair treatment. The module outlines definitions such as the different forms of discrimination (direct, indirect etc), what constitutes bullying or harassment, and provides a brief overview of cultural awareness.

Information Security AwarenessCourse link
IT systems and the information they hold have become critical to the operation of the University, as well as many other aspects of everyday life. This course highlights current threats to information security and provides practical advice on how to avoid them.

Preparing for Research Fieldwork

This online course is highly recommended for researchers undertaking independent fieldwork or research-related travel in the UK or abroad. It covers risk assessments, taking into account physical and emotional wellbeing, as part of the fieldwork process. Supervisors are also encouraged to make use of this, to support the risk assessment process. Access the course here - Link to Course (opens in new window) 

On completion of this online course, you may realise that additional training or support is required, to ensure your safety. How to access these other options (e.g. personal safety or fragile environment training, which are supported by the UofG Security Teams) are flagged up as part of the online course.

We piloted a series of peer support zoom discussions in November 2020 to help researchers through the planning stages and hope to repeate these in our 2021/22 programme. 

We also run two First Aid Courses, which are bookable via My Campus (both include a certificate): 

One day Emergency First Aid – RSDB 6012
This covers the essentials of emergency first aid.

Two day Outdoor First Aid - RSDC 6039
This two-day course provides indoor and outdoor practical sessions on dealing with an unconscious casualty, wounds and bleeding, common medical emergencies, shock, fractures and other trauma often found in an outdoor environment.

Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities Courses (RSDA)

Establishing a Writing Practice (for Arts and Social Sciences - RSDA 6076, for Sciences - RSDA 6082)
How to establish effective writing habits early in the research process. A web-based session is also available, tailored for distance Arts and Social Science PGRs.

Literature Critiques and Review (for Arts and Social Sciences - RSDA 6075, for Sciences - RSDA 6083)
The purpose of the literature review, and effective strategies for how it can be structured and edited. 

Structuring your dissertation (for Arts and Social Sciences - RSDA 6078, for Sciences - RSDA 6085)
Strategies for the effective structuring of your dissertation at both the planning and editing stages. 

Effective Writing 1 (for Arts and Social Sciences - RSDA 6079, for Sciences - RSDA 6086)
Techniques to maintain motivation throughout the writing process.  Reflect on your writing practice, identify your habits, and come up with ways of using your writing time effectively

Effective Writing 2 (for Arts and Social Sciences - RSDA 6089, for Sciences - RSDA 6087)
Grammar, punctuation, proofreading and editing strategies.

Writing for Publication (for Arts and Social Sciences - RSDA 6081, for Sciences - RSDA 6088)
Discuss the benefits of publication, and look broadly at the practicalities of writing for publication while studying.

Writing Bootcamps (by appointment)
Time to work on your writing, with no distractions. Contact for details.

Personal Effectiveness Courses (RSDB)

Working Productively at the Start of your Research - RSDB 6103

Setting up effective work routines and starting to build good working relationships with your supervisors are key tasks to work through during the early stages of your PhD to enable you to succeed in your research. This workshop, aimed at new start PhD students, will provide you with hints and tips of how to be as effective as you can in the early stages of your PhD.

Postgraduate Leadership Programme - RSDB 6001

This extended programme is for researchers who are curious about leadership and want to make a difference. You may want to explore leadership through mentoring others, or managing relationships and projects with collaborators, or your supervisor. Or you may be thinking longer term, aspiring to use leadership to inspire and motivate others in your future career. The programme will help you understand your strengths and development area covering aspects of leadership, from strategy and decision making, to problem solving, dealing with difficulty, and asking great questions.

GRAD on the Island (May 2021) - RSDB 6006
Based in a remote corner of the Isle of Mull over four days, take the chance to take a step back from your PhD to consider your own skills, strengths, motivations and career aspirations, via a programme of team activities and communal living. 

Mind your Mate - RSDB 6095
This workshop covers basic mental health awareness and suicide prevention skills. The overall aim is to reduce the barriers preventing people from accessing the help they need, provide participants with the confidence and skills to help someone in crisis, and reduce the stigma around discussing mental health and suicide. 


Research Governance and Organisation Courses (RSDC)

Research Integrity - The course is completed through Moodle
♦ Mandatory Course ♦
Discover the principles of good and ethical practice in research and its publication and raise your awareness of the problems that can arise and how to avoid them. This course is also available online, tailored to Distance PGRs.

Research Data Management - This course is completed through Moodle 
♦ Mandatory Course for MVLS and Science & Engineering
Learn about data management in an accessible way that you can apply to your own work. This course is also available online, tailored to Distance PGRs. 

Introduction to Project Management - RSDC 6001
An introduction to project management techniques that will help you when planning your PhD.

How to write your data management plan - RSDC 6030
An introduction to data management planning, offered by the Research Data Management team, and guidance on using DMPonline. During the workshop, participants will have an opportunity to try DMPonline out for themselves. 

Policy Makers and your PhD – RSDC 6032
This day-long event introduces researchers in any discipline to the potentials for shaping policy with their research.


Engagement, Influence and Impact Courses (RSDD)

Employability, Business and Enterprise courses: 

Risky Business - An industry case study - RSDD 6001

Sharpen your commercial awareness and learn about risk-taking and strategic thinking through an interactive board game which sees you taking on the role of a pharmaceutical executive team.

Research Ventures - RSDD 6006

This 2-day course is a mixture of practical activities and case studies.  It includes talks from experts and entrepreneurs with inspiring stories and firsthand experience of bringing exciting ideas to life.

Business Beyond the Bottom Line - RSDD 6032

Intended for people who wish to align their vocation with their personal motivations, this course does not focus on the pinstripe suit or Dragon's Den side of running a business but on exploring the distinctive nature of social enterprise, as well as the challenges and benefits of running a business based on individual personal values.


Communications Skills Courses:

Polishing Your Presenting Skills - RSDD 6094

This course introduces the basics of effective oral delivery. You will learn some secrets of techniques borrowed from the theatre and adapted to suit the presentations you need to give as a researcher. This is an interactive event, with practical activities. You should expect to use a webcam and microphone.

Convincing Conference Presentations - RSDD 6097

Academic conferences are increasingly moving online. This course helps you to  prepare online presentations that have a well-structured narrative, and to deliver them with conviction, imagination, and enthusiasm. It will show you how to built rapport with your audience, drawing them in so that they connect with your content with curiosity and excitement. This is a highly participatory course, so be prepared to join in and practice your presenting skills. 

PowerPoint Power-Up - RSDD 6096

A great slide deck can help you be a more confident and compelling public speaker. Whether at conferences, seminars, interviews, or teaching, this workshop aims to banish ugly and confusing PowerPoints! There will be help with slide structure and design, plus a chance to try out less well-known tools such as live captioning, inter-slide hyperlinking, and the rehearsal coach. 

Blogging for Connectivity - RSDD 6074

An introduction to blogging as an opportunity to connect iwth communities both within and outwith academia, broaden your audience reach and demonstrate impact.

Introduction to Research Impact - RSDD 6071

This course introduces the concept of research impact and provides a framework for designing your research impact-related activities. It is most suitable for PhD students who are at least 6 months into their course.

Animations for Presenting Research - RSDD 6076

This comprehensive course will cover scriptwriting, storyboarding and animation production followed by a software demonstration. By the end of this day-long workshop, participants will have sketched out a storyboard on their research and know-how to proceed to complete production of their animation using Sparkol Videoscribe software.

Posters and PowerPoint– RSDD 6081

This course covers best practice in the creation of slides and posters, with tips on how to use software and make a compelling presentation.

Data Visualisation and Infographics – RSDD 6082

Discover how to display complex data and ideas in a clear, accessible, and visually stimulating way.

Connect with the Glasgow PGR Community!

Postgraduate Researcher Community at the University of Glasgow

PhD Society
Being a PGR can be difficult and challenging which is why we have come together to set up a platform for PGRs across the university – to socialise, provide development opportunities, improve our overall wellbeing and to give us a voice. We’d love to have you on board and joining us in our activities.

PhD Society Website (Facebook)

The University of Glasgow Parents Network
Share experiences, enjoy peer-to-peer support, organise meet-ups for young families, and make new friends! (Facebook link)

PGR Gardening Sessions
Indulge your green thumb or try something different on Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm. Sign up via the webform.

PGR Lunchtime Walks
Join fellow PGRs on Tuesdays at 12.30pm in front of the Gilchrist Social Club for a sociable meander through the local landscapes.

Keeping in Touch
To keep up-to-date with news and events, including our Crafternoon and Bake-off competitions, please keep on eye on the PGR BlogTwitter, or Instagram.

If you spend a lot of time away from campus, please join our distance PGR Yammer community. This is a news and discussion group specifically for those who work or live at a distance: go to and log in using your university credentials, then search for the distance PGR group.

Data Protection Privacy Notice

Your personal Data

The University of Glasgow will be what is known as the ‘Data Controller’ of your personal data processed in relation to the doctoral researcher training programme. This privacy notice will explain how The University of Glasgow will process your personal data.

Why we need it

When you sign-up for a workshop, webinar, residential programme, or other event, we collect the following information:

Workshops, webinars, and other events:
- Name, student number, contact details, information relating to your college / school / institute and programme of study.

Workshops and other events with catering:

- Name, student number, contact details, information relating to your college / school / institute and programme of study.
- Any dietary requirements.

Residential programmes:
- Name, student number, contact details, information relating to your college / school / institute and programme of study.
- Any dietary requirements, disability needs, gender, emergency contact information

We collect this basic personal data in order to administer the training and support services we have agreed to provide to you. We may also need to process the sensitive data you provide to us to ensure your safety and wellbeing. In addition to this, we also need to process some of the data you provide to us to ensure that we are providing the right support to you in line with any different needs that you have highlighted. 

Legal Basis for processing your data

We must have a legal basis for processing all personal data. In this instance, the legal bases are:

Public Task: activities undertaken as part of the core functions of the University, such as recording your attendance on courses for award of credits.

Legal obligation: we need to process some of the data supplied to help us comply with legal obligations that include ensuring that we are providing the right support to you in line with any different needs that you have highlighted and ensuring your safety and wellbeing.

What we do with your data and with whom we share it 

The personal data you submit is processed by staff at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom. We may share your personal information with partner(s) with whom we have collaborated to organise workshops, webinars, residential programmes, or other events, in order to undertake the administrative and other duties outlined above.

We do not share the information you provide to us outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) or with other parties unless there is a lawful basis to do so.

We are committed to the security of the information we hold and in ensuring that only people who need to access the information are able to do so. Your information is held in the University’s secure servers, with access restricted to authorised personnel only.

How long do we keep it for?

The University of Glasgow will retain a register of your attendance at workshops, webinars, residential programmes, or other events in line with the policy governing retention of student records.

Other personal data collected specifically to facilitate your attendance at workshops, webinars, residential programmes, or other events will be retained by the University for 1 year. After this time, data will be securely deleted. Should an incident occur during one of our programmes then we will keep this data permanently.

External partners will only retain information for as long as it is necessary for the purposes set out above, and will delete this one month after the workshop, webinar, residential programme, or other event has concluded.

What are your rights?

You can request access to the information we process about you at any time. If at any point you believe that the information we process relating to you is incorrect, you can request to see this information and may in some instances request to have it restricted, corrected or, erased. You may also have the right to object to the processing of data and the right to data portability.

If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please contact


If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact the University Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter.

Our Data Protection Officer can be contacted at

If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are not processing your personal data in accordance with the law, you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)


For times and dates, please check the PGR Wellbeing webpages at or email for further details.

IT training

IT Services provide a suite of face-to-face courses and self-guided training in Moodle.

Enterprise Training

In addition to the courses provided by the researcher development programme (Research Ventures, Business Beyond the Bottom line, Risky Business), the student enterprise service offer training, support, and in some cases funding to PGRs who are interested in starting up their own businesses. Converge (a Scotland-wide business plan competition) also offer regular webinars, which we advertise by email, and have a wealth of resources on their webpages.