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What is the RSSP?

The Researcher Skills Programme supports postgraduate researchers by offering a comprehensive programme of services, including training and development opportunities, events and small scale funding. The RSSP works across departments and faculties to provide the best support that we can to meet your needs as a researcher and for your future career. The programme has been devised and delivered by a team of academics and experienced facilitation staff working in collaboration across the University.

What is the Researcher Skills Moodle?

We have devised a new Moodle for this academic year to be a broader repository of information, a venue to inform you of public engagement opportunities that we have been told about, mentor & volunteer opportunities and any research developments we hear of. It is also a central space for you to promote your conference, ask questions of colleagues in the forum, and guidance.

Who is eligible to attend?

If you are a doctoral student (PhD, EngD, Professional Doctorate, EdD, PhD by publication) or a Masters by Research (MRes, MPhil), or are a Warwick PGR alumni (in last 3 years), then please come along to an event or session. But I’ve been working for 15 years - do I need to attend? I always find that there is something new that will help me solve a challenge, think about my research in a new way and make me more efficient- so I would suggest Yes.

NEW for 2019 - Getting Real Training

We will be recruiting 4 Warwick PhD researchers to contribute to the RSSP programme. Specifically they will design and deliver 10 workshops and 3 summer schools. We will be supporting them through training in Educational Development, Coaching Skills and Peer based learning. We're excited about this new venture so look out for their sessions starting February 2019.

I’m part time; is there any support for me?

If researching at PGR level wasn’t challenging enough, you’ve chosen to do it part time – or even not locate yourself on campus. As with all researchers, all PT researchers have different needs as well. We are endeavouring to put more resources on line and also build our VLE content and access to workshops. We also have two specific PT summer schools for 2019 in an attempt to give you as much notice as possible. We are also looking at childcare provision for the session.

How do I book?

All RSSP workshops and events are bookable through Warwick Skills Forge.

Start and finish times?

All RSSP workshops start promptly so please avoid being late. If you have conflicting demands on your time, it is up to you to prioritise your attendance. Please do not attend an event knowing that you will be leaving early, it denies another researcher the chance to attend for a full session.

Is there a cancellation policy?

You are responsible for booking and cancelling your own attendance. Please note that if you fail to attend training without cancelling in good time, it is a waste of resources and denies training opportunities to other researchers. Please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot attend.


At each session there will be an opportunity to provide us with feedback on the training session itself, but you will also be asked to reflect upon the learning process and how you will apply what you have learnt in the session. This reflective practise will support your reflective piece that you will need to submit annually to your department. You can always contact us separately if you have further comments or suggestions for workshops that you would like to see provided.

Further training & support

A diverse range of training, research seminars and conferences are offered by academic departments, faculties and doctoral training centres. Check with your department for details of discipline-specific opportunities.

Many further events and training for researchers are available from external organisations. Some useful links are included below, but you are also encouraged to investigate relevant opportunities within your field:

Where to find us

For queries or appointments email us: pgresearchskills at warwick dot ac dot uk

RSSP drop-in: Thursdays 10.30am–12pm during term time, Wolfson Research Exchange (Library, floor 3)

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Telephone: 024 765 24748


Michele Underwood
Researcher Development Manager
0247 6151749


Wendy Hunt
URSS Coordinator
0247 6150922


Dr Mihai Balanescu
Academic Writing Consultant
024765 24749


Alison Kakoura
Administrative Assistant
0247 6150420