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Researcher Development

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    • Skillsforge
  • PGR Professional Development Framework

Researcher Development

The Researcher Development programme is provided by the Doctoral College to help you get the best out of your time at Warwick and the best out of yourself. The programme covers all disciplines and stages of research; including writing, research methods, productivity & skills, PhD in second language series, wellbeing and support for your career. Thinking about your professional development allows you to source the support and training you need, when you need it.

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Researcher Development also offers the Researcher Development Online Writing Programme which is designed to help students ensure their writing is as effective as their research. The sessions range from starting out and challenges with grammar, to writing bids and grant applications.


The online portal, Warwick SkillsForge (, is a platform that supports the Researcher Development sessions and was launched to support your PGR development activities will allow you to complete a Development Needs Analysis (DNA), book onto training, record your own development activities (including a personal reflection on what you’ve learned) and will allow you to see all development opportunities you have undertaken.


PGR Professional Development Framework

The PGR Professional Development Framework is based on six key themes and is intended to introduce coherence across the institution, while recognising disciplinary differences. All postgraduate researchers should have fair and comparable access to professional development opportunities that will allow them to:

  • identify and develop specific skills;
  • acquire the knowledge and expertise to achieve standards of excellence in their research;
  • be competitive in their professional life as they move into future employment or study.

The Warwick Framework has been developed in line with the UK Research Councils (UKRI) expectation that all postgraduate researchers will have a minimum of ten days of professional development and skills activity, and that the provision of transferable skills should form a fundamental part of doctoral training.

PGR Professional Development Framework



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