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Your first year

Congratulations and welcome to Warwick

The question is where to start? This is the world of the researcher; working out what you need to know, who can help, where your resources are and meeting colleagues and peers. It is also time to decide what skills set you already have through study or work, and what skill set you need to support you through the next 12 months.
There are many people on campus who have been through this exact same process and who can help and advise. Your department is always the best place to start for that.
And also remember everyone here wants the same thing for you- your success, both now as a Postgraduate researcher and for your future career.

Where do I start with skills development?

First try the Development Needs Analysis available to you on Warwick Skills Forge. This will help you evaluate where you are at currently.

We suggest that you come to an Effective Researcher workshop. The session is an intense 4 hour process which will cover time management, project management, working with your supervisor and will also allow you time to create new networks across the University.

The sessions run on the following Autumn dates- 11, 17 and 25 October, and on 16, 28 November. To book go to Warwick SkillsForge


Make sure you know where the Research Exchange is (It’s on 3rd Floor of library and is a space specifically for PG Researchers) Every Thursday there is a networking session but mostly an opportunity to chat with your colleagues and staff over tea/ coffee and cake. Give yourself a break and come and meet likeminded people.

‘My Research’ is held termly and is a peer led research presentation followed by a buffet and an opportunity to meet with your colleagues again. It is a great opportunity to see what other research is happening across the University and be inspired.

PGR Showcase (19th June 2019) is an annual event hosting an interdisciplinary, interfaculty Poster Competition. Prizes are awarded for best faculty poster, best poster overall, and the Public Choice winner. The Poster Competition is followed by the brilliant 3MT Competition. The 3MT Competition is an international competition to present your thesis in 3 minutes!! Amazing presentations every year. Support or participate - your choice.


Your department will help you on all your discipline specific training that you will need. The central training provision is here to help you become a more proficient and successful researcher. We cover the skills you need and supply you with the tools to make the best use of your research time and your time at Warwick. Please look at the RSSP annual programme and Warwick SkillsForge.