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Research Student Skills Programme

About the programme

At Warwick we are committed to supporting you as a Postgraduate Researcher both professionally and personally. We aim to equip all our Postgraduate Researchers with the skills, knowledge and attributes to enable you to thrive as an independent research professional and prepare you for your next career steps. As part of our commitment to you and the research culture at Warwick we have designed the Researcher Skills Programme (RSSP) which provides training, resources and support to help you become an effective and highly employable and engaged researcher.

We recognise that our Researchers have very differing needs and requirements and have a varied skill set. The RSSP has been designed with this in mind, allowing you to access the training that suits you and your needs, whatever your stage of career and development.

The RSSP offers an annual programme which allows you to plan your needs over the next 10 months. This includes sessions in vacation time and three summer schools in 2018; one of which is specifically for those who are researching part time.

There are online courses to support you if you are away from campus, research part time or wish to revisit a subject area. The Researcher Skills Moodle is an opportunity to engage with colleagues across Warwick, find out what other opportunities are available for you specifically as a Postgraduate Researcher and a repository of information. It also has a peer led forum where you can find out the answer to your questions. Visit Warwick Skills Forge to plan your development needs and then find the training opportunities available to you.

The Researcher Skills team run a summer bursary scheme to develop and support our burgeoning undergraduate researchers, the Undergraduate Researcher Support Scheme (URSS). In order to support our undergraduates, we provide them with a mentor who is studying a PhD here at Warwick. We will be recruiting in March 2018 so keep an eye out for adverts.

Remember meeting with your colleagues from across Warwick will provide you with fabulous networking, creativity and support opportunities. Or why not take the challenge and present at our My Research sessions or even join the 3 Minute Thesis Competition (see our Public Engagement section for more details including our Conference Bursary for you to design and deliver the conference you want to attend!)

Warwick Skills Development Framework

The Warwick Skills Development Framework is a tool for planning, promoting and supporting the personal, professional and career development of our postgraduate researchers. It describes the knowledge, skills, behaviours and personal qualities of PG researchers. We hope that it will encourage you to aspire to excellence through achieving higher levels of development. To help you navigate through we have structured the framework and provision under six main themes. For more information on how Warwick has supported your Skills Development and how to book on to training and development sessions please go to Warwick Skills Forge.

Broadening your academic skills Personal effectiveness Research ethics and governance
Developing your academic profile Impact and public engagement Career development and planning

What researchers say

Peter Ward

Kristina Curtis

Why should you invest time and effort on your Professional Development? Presentation slides from Marco Cinelli