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
- Centre for Applied Linguistics: Support with developing English language skills (language classes, online learning and more).
- Graduate School: Advice on degree progress, scholarships, plus regular PGR lunches and Thesis Submission Workshops.
- Institute for Advanced Study: IAS offers events related to academic careers for Early Career Researchers.
- IT Services: Training in academic and research software including NVivo, SPSS and Matlab.
- Learning & Development Centre (LDC): The home for training for postgraduates who teach, including the HEA-accredited Postgraduate Award: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
- Library: Information and support including literature searching, copyright and Open Access. Support for the postgraduate community via the Postgraduate Hub and Wolfson Research Exchange.
- PhD Life Blog: A regular blog by PhD students about the trials, tribulations and triumph of pursuing a doctorate, developed by the Wolfson Research Exchange.
- Research & Impact Services (RIS): Advice and support on research policy and practice.
- Student Careers & Skills: Core provider of academic and transferable skills development, careers guidance, work experience support and volunteering opportunities for all Warwick students. The Research Student Skills Programme is our dedicated provision for postgraduate research students.
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.
Michele UnderwoodResearcher Development Manager
Wendy HuntURSS Coordinator