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    How to be an Effective Researcher
    Provider   Researcher Development Programme

    A doctorate is about becoming an independent researcher. This is about mastery in your discipline, but it is also about developing other skills. This session explores the skills and working practices you can implement to achieve success in you research and doctorate.

Duration 2 half days

Course Type Series

Booking Status Waiting List

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Target Audience: Postgraduate Research Students


A doctorate is about becoming an independent researcher. This is about mastery in your discipline, but it is also about developing other skills. In this training day we will explore the core skills required to be successful, including focussing specifically on:

  • Understanding the nature and requirements of a doctorate
  • Effective project management of you and your research
  • Time management and task prioritisation; and,
  • Developing a strong and effective supervisory relationship through managing your supervisor

There will be two linked sessions, on consecutive days. Hence, you’ll be encouraged to spend the afternoon of the first day thinking about ideas to implement from the morning’s learning.

Overall, the aim is for you to lay the foundations for an effective doctoral experience, and to work with colleagues who are at a similar stage - to share ideas, and to have the chance to have a chat, a whinge, and a laugh! There will be discussions, and plenty of scope to ask questions and receive feedback. It would be ideal if you have a web-cam, but audio (speakers/headphones & microphone) are the bare minimum so that you can take part in the discussions, and the group work.

  • Begin to develop research skills relating to the interpersonal, project management and self-management aspects of undertaking their research
  • Develop PhD/research project planning
  • Develop effective working practices
  • Know how to work with others in the research environment
  • Know how to maximise their impact
  • Know how to manage their Supervisor
  • Make the most of their PhD - planning for the future.

Delivered By: Dave Filipović-Carter


Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend a course please cancel your place as soon as possible, with at least 3 working days notice via the online booking system http://bookings.strath.ac.uk/mybookings.asp.

Full details of booking conditions can be found at the link below.

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PG Certificate in Researcher Professional Development

All postgraduate research students are eligible to access the Researcher Development Programme workshops. This workshop can contribute towards the PG Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD).

You can find credit and class information in the Researcher Development Programme Handbook and in NEPTUNE (Engineering, HaSS) or SPIDER (Science).

Please check with your department or Supervisor to confirm if you are enrolled on the PG Cert RPD and how many credits you are expected to achieve if you are unsure.