Manchester GRADschool 2016
The Developing Researcher: From Surviving to Thriving
10 May - 13 May
"All researchers should have the opportunity of experiencing this."
"Brilliant! Confidence boosting! A very positive experience!."
Participants comments, 2015
You will mix with postgraduate researchers from across the UK and gain invaluable hands-on experience via a 3.5 day, non-residential event at The University of Manchester.
We will provide you with the skills you need to thrive in your professional and personal life.
Over the three days you will focus on your development; as an individual and as a team member, and you will have the chance to try out evidence-based tools in a wide range of practical and theoretical scenarios.
How does GRADschool work?
On the Manchester GRADschool you will use evidence-based tools to kickstart your personal and professional development by:
- Finding and using your strengths
- Discovering meaning & purpose
- Learning how to build optimism & resilience
- Understanding how mindsets are important for success
But it’s not all about you! Being an effective researcher is also about communication and the ability to work with with others. So you are also going to:
- collaborate with researchers from a range of disciplines;
- develop your communication skills;
- get experience of team working, influencing, and decision-making;
- exercise your creativity on individual and team-based projects.
Intensive self and group reviews throughout the GRADschool will help you to reflect on your development and get the most out of this time away from your research project.
Why should I attend?
- Get an insight into the background and development of GRADschools at the Vitae website.
- Suzannah Lynch, describes how GRADschools help to prepare postgraduate researchers for the job market in an article in the Independent: Out of the ivory towers - how PhD students are training for the real world.
- Watch the “Start With Why” TED talk by Simon Sinek to learn about some foundations of effective communication.
Still not sure?
Then take a look at the behind the scenes film - it will give you a flavour of what the expect or read what these participant's had to say about our course in 2013, in 2012, and in 2009.
Who can attend?
Researchers from The University of Manchester
The GRADschool is open to postgraduate researchers (PhDs) in any discipline who have completed their first year. It is open to both UK Research Council and non-UK Research Council funded researchers from across all four faculties at The University of Manchester. This course is FREE for researchers at The University of Manchester and places will be allocated on a first come basis.
Researchers from other Universities
Applications from postgraduate researchers in other universities, particularly those in the North West are welcome. If you wish to apply you will need to check with the training contacts in your university to see if they can fund your place (£275 per participant plus any travel and accommodation costs).
When you submit the application form, your university will automatically be notified of your application of interest. We cannot confirm your place until we receive funding confirmation from your univeristy.
How can I apply?
Places on the Manchester GRADschool are highly sought after. Before applying, please ensure that you can commit to the full 3.5 days and that your Supervisor is aware of your intentions.
- Complete the Application Form
When will I find out if I have been allocated a place?
Once you submit your Application of Interest, you will receive an acknowlegement of your application.
Final applications of interest will be accepted up until Friday 22 April 2016. If you are placed on this year's waiting list you will be offered places as they become available.
If you need to cancel, please do so before Friday 29 April 2016 so that your place can be allocated to someone on the waiting list.
To cancel, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once your place has been confirmed, failure to attend the course may result in an attendance charge.