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Arts Faculty Postgraduate Research and Professional Training Programme

CADRE (the Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence) is the Faculty of Arts doctoral training hub. As a PhD student in the Faculty you have automatic access to all CADRE events and resources. Year 1 students are expected to take part in the four week Introduction to Arts Doctoral Research programme. Students who are further on in their studies may wish to attend the more advanced sessions on offer. In particular, attendance at the four week Transition from Arts Doctoral Research programme is recommended for students in their penultimate and final year of study.

Graduate School Skills Programme for Research Students

The University’s Graduate School Skills Programme for Research Students is a generic skills training programme, run by Student Careers and Skills. There are sessions on academic writing, time management, careers, networking, and preparing for the viva. Sessions are designed to support the personal and professional development of all postgraduate researchers at Warwick.

Every researcher’s journey is different, so whether you want to learn to navigate the challenges of your research degree, develop your skills, build your academic profile or prepare for your next career step, the RSSP offers a wide range of training, events and resources to help.

Selected highlights from the RSSP:

  • How to Be an Effective Researcher: essential 1-day workshop for new research students
  • Academic Writing series: 20 thesis-writing workshops, from syntax to structure to literature reviews
  • Café Academique: a regular informal evening of dinner, drinks and research presentations
  • Research Postgraduate Poster Showcase: annual poster exhibition and competition
  • ePortfolio: your public research profile on the Warwick website (
  • Researcher careers events and 1:1 career guidance from the Student Careers & Skills team

All services are free of charge. We also offer individual coaching and advice on academic-related issues; email to request an appointment.

ITS Training

ITS offers a range of workshops, which are free and available to staff and students at Warwick.

Learning a language

Learning a language from scratch, or brushing up on one you’ve studied before, may be necessary for your research. If it is, it’s important that this need is identified early in your doctoral career, so that training can be arranged in plenty of time. Raise the matter with your supervisor at the first meeting, if appropriate. The university’s Language Centre offers intensive language instruction in most modern languages at all levels. Greek and Latin are also available. There is a cost, but you may apply to the Head of Department for partial or full reimbursement. Please bear in mind, though, that funds are limited.

Individual Assessment

At your first meeting with your supervisor, you should discuss any possible training needs. If you need specialist training not covered by any of the programmes mentioned below (for instance, advanced bibliographical training for work with manuscript sources), please discuss this with the Director of Graduate Studies. Students’ training needs are assessed on an on-going basis throughout the year and also at the end of each year, at the Annual Research Review meeting.

Departmental Training

Students who do not already hold a Warwick MA, or have not completed relevant research training as part of another UK MA, are strongly advised to take the Research Methods section of the Department’s MA Foundation Module. This training provides a variety of research skills training sessions, an introduction to bibliographical description, library searching skills, and other methodological aspects of English literature. Please contact Dr Rochelle Sibley at if you are interested.

Warwick Portfolio
The Warwick Portfolio is an online space, hosted on the Start.Warwick platform, which enables you to access and maintain records of your own development whilst at Warwick. In common with other tabs hosted on Start.Warwick, you can build your own Portfolio, for instance adding gadgets for the skills programmes that you access the most and customizing content based on your needs.

Whether you want to make the most of the Professional Researcher Development tool or find out more about what your faculty is offering through its own dedicated training programme, the Portfolio will act as a portal for you to find out more about skills and development at Warwick. The Portfolio isn’t a course, or training programme; it’s a way of accessing and recording all the opportunities available to you as a postgraduate researcher.

Personal Development Plan (PDP)

PDP encourages you to reflect on and communicate your ideas more efficiently by exploring, systematically, the process of thinking and its connection with your course and your future career plans. It involves being able to think through your work, reflect upon it, rework and review certain aspects of it; it means taking stock of your abilities, experiences, qualities and skills, to create a plan for further study, work and life decisions. Each student is expected to set up his or her own PDP and to maintain it on an on-going basis. Your PDP can be in electronic format or on paper.