Graduate School


Training and Development


Graduate School Development programme

The Graduate School Development Programme offers broad-based generic skills training with over 100 workshops and special interest groups on a wide range of topics including research design, doctoral process and career development. These extremely popular workshops are delivered by our expert tutors from across the University and support our students at all stages of their research degree. To view the workshops on offer and to discover more about the programme, please view our GSDP Brochure. Please note there have been some changes to the published dates and times of a small number of workshops. To see the up-to-date schedule of events, download our GSDP poster or check Skills Forge. To book onto a workshop, please visit Skills Forge.

The GSDP offers face-to-face workshops and special interest groups, alongside e-learning resources to help you extend your knowledge and skills as a researcher. It has been developed to complement the subject-specific and advanced training available to you from your faculty, department or research group and provides some of the 10 days a year of research development expected by the Research Councils UK (RCUK) for research students (five days for part-time students).

If you have any questions about the GSDP programme please email

The GSDP workshops are very popular and spaces are limited. As a PGR it is your responsibility to help us allow everyone who needs to attend a workshop the opportunity to do so and to make the best use of a workshop place you have been allocated. Hence, please be aware of our Fair use of the Graduate School Development Programme.

We also have a Graduate School Development Programme moodle site where you can access the slides and other materials from many of our workshops, along with lots of other useful resources. 

Online Training and Devleopment

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the launch of new online training resources for postgraduate research students (PGRS). These online training modules cover the doctoral process and skills for researchers. These resources are self-paced and contribute towards the required 10 days a year of research development activities required for PGRS (five days for part-time students). The resources available are:

The Graduate School also provides a number of other online resources including: 

Recorded Graduate School Development Programme (GSDP) Workshops 

GSDP workshops that take place on campus are regularly recorded and made available online on our GSDP Moodle siteThese videos are updated throughout the academic year. The video resources are a useful refresher for students who have already attended a workshop and can also provide information to those unable to attend the face-to-face sessions. Please note, recordings are made at the discretion of the workshop facilitator, therefore we do not record all sessions. is an online training resource available free to all PGR students at the University. provides a library of courses on business, software, and creative skills. There are over 5,000 courses available, some of which will be directly relevant to research degree students, while others provide more general skills training such as Microsoft Office, SPSS, and Nvivo. 

Online training series for postgraduate Research Degree Students 2018-19

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that we have a new online training series available for postgraduate research students (PGRS) for the 2018-19 academic year. This online training is delivered in partnership with the University of East Anglia. The online training offers research and professional skills training for PGRS in a ‘live-taught’ online format. Training sessions are delivered via a virtual classroom on Tuesday evenings between 7pm-9pm.

Bookings for the first sessions are open and it is anticipated that bookings will fill up quickly so please book early. Bookings can be made using the online booking portal: The online training series guide provides more information on the sessions offered in the online training series. This guide also provides information on how to book the sessions and how to record them on Skills Forge as part of your training and development.

Graduate Students Professional Development (GPROF)

The GPROF route is mandatory for postgraduate students who are involved in any teaching activity and work as demonstrators and tutors. Postgraduate students are permitted to teach, after they have attended the GPROF induction session and completed their action plans, and as long as they are either engaged in or have completed the programme. It is also part of the University’s APEX framework and can be taken forwards towards accreditation by the UK Higher Education Academy. Postgraduate students who wish to participate in GPROF should complete the application form and ask their department to sign the document, indicating their consent. For further information please visit the DCQE website or contact the Coordinator for the programme - Dr Mary Mckeever.

Other Training and Development

There are a wide range of additional training and development opportunities including:

  • Faculty-based subject specific and advanced training
  • External training opportunities e.g. Conference and Seminars

You will also find further events including public lecturers and seminars on the University events website.

If you have problems accessing any of our training and development opportunities please e-mail us at

Recording your training and development

All GSDP events you attend will be automatically added to your Development Summary in Skills Forge. You should also be undertaking other relevant training and development opportunities (e.g. subject-specific training, attendance at conferences or research seminars), as agreed with your supervisor. To ensure that your Development Summary reflects all the activities you have undertaken, you should also record any training and development opportunities you have undertaken outside of the GSDP in Skills Forge. For guidance on how to do this please see the Skills Forge guide for students.

You will be required to produce your Development Summary for your major and annual reviews. Please see the Skills Forge Guide for printing your development summary for information about how to do this. You can find further information about the requirements for major and annual review from the Research Degrees webpages.