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Manchester Gradschool

Manchester Gradschool:
Crossing Borders

Book a place on the Gradschool

Tuesday 15th May - Friday 18th May

Cost: FREE to all University of Manchester research students, £300 for research students form other institutions

What is it?

The Manchester Gradschool is a 3.5 day non-residential training event. Over the three and a half days you will work within a cross disciplinary team to define and create a solution to a real world challenge.

To support you the challenge based project cycle you will be given specific instruction on:

  • Roles and responsibilities of team members.
  • Improving your team working through understanding yourself and others.
  • Enhancing your understanding of problems and a structured approach to generating better solutions.
  • Augmenting strong logical and analytical thinking with techniques to improve creative thinking.
  • How to compare and evaluate ideas in order to move into the implementation phase.
  • A clear framework for communicating or ‘selling’ ideas to other stakeholders.

Each project team will be given, mentoring and coaching throughout the 3.5 days from a dedicated tutor, there will also be many opportunities to practice and develop your own leadership and collaboration skills.

Reviews from 2017

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The course was well organised with funny and useful activities. The trainers were friendly and helpful.

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As a scientist I thought that creative thinking wasn't really my thing, I was surprised by how creative I was able to be on this course. I especially liked the techniques for creative thinking.

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Book a place:

Applications for this years GradSchool are now closed.

Who is it for?

The Gradschool is suitable for any research student from any discipline at any stage of a research degree.

What's involved?

Our only ask is that you fully commit and make yourself available for all 3.5 days of the Gradschool. To apply you must be able to clear your calendar on the dates of the course, and ensure that your supervisor is aware that you are unavailable at this time (see our Top Tips for guidance on how to talk to your supervisor about attending the Gradschool).

What else?

  • On the first night there is a course dinner for everyone to relax and get to know each other.
  • Lunch, tea & coffee and snacks are provided throughout the course.
  • The Manchester Gradschool is not about learning research study skills, such as academic writing or quantitative/qualitative methodologies.

What have we missed?

If you have any questions about the Gradschool that aren’t answered here please contact us on: and put Gradschool as the subject heading.