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Latest coronavirus update (7 May 2020)

To ensure that we are still able to support you, during COVID-19 we will be converting all sessions to online materials. All participants who are registered on the Training Catalogue workshop will be emailed a link to the online materials on the day the workshop was scheduled to run. If you have a place booked, do not cancel your booking. We will also sign-post resources that will be useful during the pandemic at the bottom of this page.      

Thank you very much for your support and understanding at this time. If you would like to discuss anything further or have any other queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at: Stay safe and healthy.

Researcher Development for Science and Engineering Researcher Students

Our programme consists of development opportunities and courses to ensure timely completion of your research degree, the development of transferable skills and increase future employability.

All Workshops Running For the Rest of the Academic Year:

Researcher Development Workshops July 2020 (PDF File)



Suggested Timeline of our Courses:

Researcher Development PhD Timeline

Course Catalogue:

The course catalogue allows you to find out more information about the content of our courses by clicking on the themes below. You will find a short course description next to each course heading. You may also want to consider signing up for our 1-1 coaching.

All events now take place online or asynchronously .  

By stage: First Year | Middle | Final Year

Research Essentials - First Year:
Faculty welcome event
This event provides an overview to being a postgraduate researcher at Manchester. This is followed by an opprtunity to network with students from across the faculty with free food and drink.
Introduction to Research
This course will give you a greater understanding of what to expect when studying a research degree, the ability to plan the first stages of your research and an awareness of the support services, training opportunities and the ethical requirements of your research.
Academic Writing
This course introduces you the principles of effective writing in an academic environment, demonstrates how to communicate research results in a clear and concise manner, and will help you to prepare high-quality research papers, reports, abstracts and PhD theses.
Critical Reading
This course explores how to conduct literature reviews critically and effectively and looks at various techniques that can be used to obtain an optimal amount of information from written material in a time-efficient manner.
How to Work with Your Supervisor
This course encourages postgraduate researchers to take a pro-active role in managing the relationship they have with their academic advisors. Particular attention will be paid to making supervisory meetings as productive as possible.
Plan Your PhD
This course will introduce participants to essential ideas for effective planning and how to include all the requirements of a PhD in your plan.
Research Essentials - Middle:
Designing Research Posters
This course will explore the features of good design for research conference posters. You can also bring along drafts of your own poster along for comments and suggestions.
Planning the Final Year
This course aims to help you self-assess your readiness to complete the final year of your PhD on time, and then to plan identified outstanding tasks.
Preparing Presentations Content
This course is about how to create effective presentations, we will look at how to define the content, how to use structure to increase clarity and cohesion, and how to increase the impact of your presentation with visual aids.
Presentation Practice and Feedback
In this session participants will present several times and receive observation notes from both tutors and peers. The final presentation is video recorded to generate a further resource for self-development.
Publishing Academic Papers
This course will help you to develop an understanding of the process of publishing academic papers, recognise impact factors to measure the quality of each journal, and identify appropriate material for your own publications.
Turbo Charge Your Writing
This course will teach you how to maximise your writing output and how to overcome common obstacles that reduce your writing productivity.
Research Essentials - Final Year:
Managing Electronic Thesis Submissions
PhD students at The University of Manchester are required to submit an electronic version of their examination and final corrected thesis. This course will make you aware of how to use the eThesis Submission system, managed by the Library.
Viva Survivor
Viva Survivor is a session for postgraduate researchers close to submitting their thesis. During the session we will consider what is involved in the submission process, the reality of the viva and how one can prepare for it.
Writing Up your Thesis
This course will provide you with an understanding of the principles of clear academic writing, providing strategic approaches for writing up a high quality PhD thesis.
Shut Up and Write
This event is suitable at anytime during your PhD. Shut Up and Write sessions provide you with an opportunity to safeguard a block of distraction-free time to write up your thesis.

The University's Academic Standards Code of Practice requires that all FSE research students who have teaching responsibilities undertake the following training:

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Training
GTA: Learning Outcomes & Lesson Plans
This course gives an introduction to teaching, learning and working with novice scientists and concentrates on effective teaching in large and small group situations.
GTA: Roles & Expectations
This course provides an overview of the roles placed on the GTAs and discusses scenarios where expectations and roles do not match, the challenges this can create and tools for dealing with these situations.
GTA: Marking & Feedback
This course will explore the problems that arise when a team of people have to mark and give feedback. It will also look at possible solutions which you can utilise to make sure your marking and feedback is consistent and effective.
GTA: Teaching Skills
This course will equip you to conduct effective small group teaching.
GTA: eLearn & Blackboard
This online course will give you an understanding of the tools and features of Blackboard.
Introduction to LEAP Application for Associate Fellowship
This workshop will outline the process for completing a submission to Advance HE (HEA) for recognition as Associate Fellow of the HEA (AFHEA).
7 Steps to Raising your Research Profile
This workshop will help you develop strategies for managing your online research presence.
Altmetrics to measure non-academic Impact
Find out how demonstrate the impact your research is having beyond traditional academia. The emerging area of altmetrics offers new and powerful ways to track and report on the online attention of research.
Lay Abstracts with Impact
This session will help you prepare and test out your lay summary which will form an important element of your future grant applications, ethics applications and are increasingly being requested by research journals to increase the accessibility of research.
Impact for Researchers
Understanding the impact agenda can help develop robust responses to these requirements and justify additional funding to support impact generation.
Open Access Publishing
This session will explain what Open Access is, how it benefits researchers and why it should be considered in publication strategies, as well as signposting guidance materials and support at the University.
Overview of Reference Management Tools
In this session we will help you to be well-organised and efficient, showing you how reference management software can help store, organise and annotate references and create accurate citations and bibliographies in thousands of different referencing styles.
Research Blogging
The workshop will provide you with a structured approach to planning, writing and curating content for a research blog.
Getting Started with Public Engagement
This half-day highly interactive workshop will explore how public engagement will benefit you, your research, your funders and the public or community you engage with.
School & University Partnership Initiative: Engaging with Schools
Would you like the opportunity to develop an outreach activity and engage with a local secondary school? Want to develop your outreach skills?
Science Busking Training
This practical workshop look at how you can improve your communication skills for public engagement activities such as science busking. From style and approach, to content and delivery, this session will get you started in engaging a variety of non-specialists audiences.
Beginner's Guide to Evaluating Public Engagement
This interactive back-to-basics workshop will encourage you to think about why evaluation of engagement is important; look at ways to get started; explore different techniques you can use; and consider what your findings can tell you.
Masterclass in Evaluating Public Engagement
This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for you to reflect on your own practice, and consider how to maximise the value of evaluating your engagement activities.
Career Management
Careers: It's Never Too Early To Start
Whether you’re excited at the prospect of building a career after your PhD - or have heard some horror stories and are wondering if you’ve done the right thing, your 1st year is the right time to start thinking about the future.
CV Masterclass
This workshop is for people who have gained some experience in academic research and are now at a point where they may be considering their overall career progress.
Careers: Intensive One-day Workshop
In one day, hone your career ideas, job hunting, CVs and interview technique, using feedback and creative suggestions from other attendees.
Building Emotional Resilience on the Research Journey
Through the exercises in this course you will develop self-awareness about your own strengths in resilience and learn to apply them more flexibly.
Imposter Syndrome
How can it be that so many clever, competent and capable people can feel that they are just one step away from being exposed as a complete fraud? Despite evidence that they are performing well they can still have that lurking fear that at any moment someone is going to tap them on the shoulder and say “We need to have a chat”.
PhD Social
The PhD socials are informal events where we help you to mingle and meet with other new research students. We invite you to take part in some simple networking games.
Wellbeing Wednesday: Exploring Positive Psychology
Each session involves a mixture of group discussion, fun hands-on exercises that will promote group and individual reflection.
Personal Effectiveness
Developing Effective Communication
In this course we will walk through a number of strong and clear communication strategies that will help you to improve your interpersonal communication skills.
Increasing Your Emotional Intelligence
Through the exercises in the workshop you will become more self-aware so that you can identify triggers that may hijack your performance. You will also discover how to align your intentions and your impact so that you can build strong and collaborative relationships.
Influencing Others
This workshop introduces you to a step-by-step approach to effective influencing and managing resistance from others.
Learning to Be Assertive
This course reveals what assertiveness really means, and how it is different from aggression, and outlines specific techniques you can use to respond to challenging situations and difficult people.
Networking for Researchers
This course provides an introduction to networking in a safe and friendly environment. Good networking skills will make it easier to work the room, to approach senior academics at conferences, identify and make useful contacts, and to maintain them over time.
Negotiation Strategies for Researchers
In this course you will discover the essential concepts of negotiation; how to recognise and respond to different negotiation styles, how to plan your own negotiations, and apply negotiation techniques flexibly to help you achieve optimum results.
Project Management for Researchers
This course will equip delegates with a clear and effective project management methodology and a comprehensive set of flexible management tools and techniques to run successful projects from beginning to end.
Time Management for Researchers
No-one has enough time, but everyone has all the time there is. This course gives an introduction to key time management techniques and tools for researchers.

Covid-19 Resources:


For more information about the Graduate Development Programme please contact the FSE Researcher Development.


Tel: 0161 306 4188