What Does Researcher Development Look Like at UofG?

There is a dedicated team of staff who will facilitate your Researcher Development whilst you are at UofG, many of whom work solely with PGRs and ECRs to better support these types of researchers.

Scroll through the slideshow to find out more about:

  • Training Courses
  • Other Development Opportunities
  • Researcher Developmenta and the Annual Progress Review
  • Tips for Planning Your Researcher Development

Training Courses

Our courses and workshops are offered to PGRs across the University. There are some mandatory courses that you will need to complete when you commence your programme, and then you have the freedom to chose from our incredible range of optional courses. You can find more information on how to book the selection of courses on MyCampus on our how-to-book page. Other booking forms will be circulated via email. There is a growing collection of materials also available on our self-paced training webpages, which will help you to reflect on your skillset and develop your knowledge base. 

Each of the graduate schools also offer workshops which are tailored to their field. A full booklet of training opportunities for your graduate school will be published each year in Autumn. This booklet will list all the courses run by Researcher Development (which are open to all) and the Graduate School-specific courses.

You will also find development opportunities for PGRs from the Library and IT Services.

Training is not all in one place, and is not all accessed through one system! You should put together a training plan which meets your needs with support from your supervisor.

Other Development Opportunities

Researcher Development is not limited to just training courses, and there are many other avenues for you to explore on your development journey. This could include:

You'll often find members of the Researcher Development Team hosting events and running initiatives on social media- get involved to meet PGRs from outside your school.

Researcher Development and the Annual Progress Review

All PGRs will report their Researcher Development activities for the year as part of their Annual Progress Review (APR). Each Graduate School has their own forms for reporting this information, but they all align to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework. Work with your supervisor to plan your programme early in the academic year. 

If you are a PGR in either the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences or the College of Science and Engineering, you will be required to complete a number of training credits. Credits are designed to encourage you to priortitise your development and not as a box-ticking exercise. You will self-report your credits during the APR. If you have any queries about credit values please contact your graduate school directly.


Tips for Planning Your Researcher Development

  • Think broadly about how you develop your skills: it’s not just about doing courses.
  • Skills and competencies are typically developed in situations which are challenging.
  • Keep thinking about where you are going, and what you are learning about your strengths and preferences.
  • Reflect on your experiences and identify areas for improvement.

Case Study

James is a 1st Year PhD researcher in Geology (College of Science and Engineering) on a DTP studentship. He has fieldwork in Spain and some programming as part of his project. His supervisor has mentioned that she wants him to attend a conference in his first year to understand how they work. What researcher development activities could James consider in the three years of his PhD programme?

Year 1

  • Research Integrity (Mandatory)
  • Introduction to Research Data Management (Mandatory)
  • Equality and Diversity (Mandatory)
  • Information Security Awareness (Mandatory)
  • Outdoor First Aid (Mandatory for Fieldwork in GES)
  • This PhD Life Conference
  • The Literature Review
  • Data Visualisation and Infographics
  • Introduction to Python 

Total: 9 Credits

In his first year, James focusses on completing his mandatory training, gaining essential research skills and attending his first conference. Towards the end of his first year, he is losing confidence in his ability to manage his project and feels his writing practice needs improvement. He has discovered an interest in science communication and thinks he might want to pursue a career in this field after his PhD.

Year 2

  • Effective Writing I
  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Tackling the Inner Critic
  • Three Minute Thesis Competition
  • Polishing Your Presentation Skills
  • Pint of Science (Volunteer)

Total: 6 Credits

James now feels more confident managing his PhD project and he has continued to work on his writing skills. After impressive performances in the Three Minute Thesis competition and during the Pint of Science Festival, he now feels ready to tackle a presentation at a national conference. As he enters his third year, James is keen to continue developing his writing skills and wants to switch his focus towards thesis preparation.

Year 3

  • Theatre Techniques for Presenters
  • Presentation at a national Geology confererence
  • Word: Creating a Thesis
  • Structuring Your Dissertation
  • Internship with the Scottish Government

Total: 4 Credits

In his third year, James continues to work on his presentation skills and delivers a well-recieved conference presentation. He is aware of upcoming thesis deadlines and uses the opportunities to take training to help him prepare for writing during his final 6 months of funding. He is also presented with the opportunity to work on his science communication with an internship with the Scottish Government.

Training Requirements

Each of the graduate schools have their own expectations and requirements for the completion of training during your programme. For more information please visit the relevant links below.

Graduate SchoolTraining Requirements
The College of Arts

Four mandatory courses: Setting Off: A Guide to your PhD Study at the University of Glasgow, Research Integrity, Equality and Diversity Essentials, Information Security Awareness 

Full Time: 6 workshops in the first year, and 2 per year in the second and third year (pro-rata for part-time researchers)

More information

The College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

Eight mandatory courses: Inductions for New Research Students, Equality & Diversity Essentials, Research Integrity, Itroduction to Research Data Management, Radiation Protection (for research students working with radiation sources only), Field Work Safety (for research students undertaking fieldwork only), Introduction to Writing your Thesis, Preparing for the Viva Voce

Full-time: 20 skills training credits, aiming for at least 12 credits in the first year (pro-rata for part-time researchers)

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The College of Science and Engineering

Four mandatory courses: Equality and Diversity Essentials, Information Security Awareness, Research Integrity and Introduction to Research Data Management

Full Time: 8 training credits in the first year and 6 training credits in the second year (pro-rata for part-time reseachers)

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The College of Social Sciences

Four mandatory courses: Equality and Diversity Essentials, Information Security Awareness, Research Integrity and Introduction to Research Data Management

Regular completion of Researcher Development Programme workshops.

Completion of research methods courses delivered through the Graduate Schools Research Training Programme (as agreed with supervisor).

More information

The College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences and the College of Science and Engineering use a credit system to encourage your to prioritise relevant training. If you have any questions about credits, please contact your graduate school directly.