The Postgraduate Research Framework
Welcome to the training and development portal for our doctoral researchers
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2022 updates for new and repeat training now live in your calendars
New dates for repeat sessions and some that have yet to run this academic year have now been updated through to June. Many external sessions from our partners will need formal booking through their stipulated methods. Anything on offer at Bradford can simply be accepted or declined as you wish to join the Teams event. Please forgive the flurry of diary invitations this has created in your calendars.
The PGR Lounge has a new co-ordinator
Doug Schulz will have contacted all doctoral researchers via our community email with news about upcoming events.
Focus on online and distance learning options
There are training opportunities using our access to video and online content. Here are some to try:
- The White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership have VIRE which gives access to videos of the training run throughout 20-21. This is free to Bradford PGRs.
- The Researcher Academy offers some fantastic online training.
- CARMA has a video library of training - there is a handy list of topic coverage to browse and instructions on how to access everything.
What is the PGR Framework?
The University's unique, flexible and responsive Postgraduate Research Framework takes a collaborative whole-institution approach to training and development for doctoral researchers. Faculties and professional services have come together to provide a range of opportunities to help you to succeed in your research. It is designed to enhance your immediate research experience, as well as your future employability, supporting your development as an ethical, rigorous independent researcher. You can take entire research methods modules as training (these are undertaken without credit, so there's no need to sit the assessments) or you can access a number of stand-alone training sessions. You may also consider taking other L7 (Master's) level modules that are of topical relevance to your research, these are also taken without credit if you and your supervisor believe these to be beneficial. The Framework, its sessions and events, covers:
- Stand-alone training
- Research methods modules
- External training and key providers
- One-to-one training and development
- Induction & Outduction
- Well-being (inc. PGR Connect & The Well-being Thesis)
- Research seminars & events.
In essence, it covers all of the 12 sub-domains of The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) from Vitae. These set out what skills and attributes qualified researchers are able to offer at a high level. The national framework outlines the skills and qualities that the University aims to help you to develop, both through training and the expert education offered by supervisors within your faculty. For more information about the RDF or any training featured here, contact Dr Russell Delderfield.
Who is the training for?
Training opportunities are intended primarily for postgraduate researchers (full or part-time). However, most of the sessions are open to all members of the University of Bradford research community: research assistants and contract research staff, post-doctoral researchers, other academic staff and any other graduate-level colleagues wishing to broaden their research background, or pick up specific research skills. Any necessary exceptions to this will be communicated by the service provider.
How do I book or enrol?
If you wish to attend any of the training and development opportunities, you will find links to the various sessions for booking. In the case of modules, you make your request via your faculty PGR administrator.
Training Needs Analysis (TNA)
The 21st century doctoral experience is about becoming a competent scholarly professional who offers high-functioning, transferable and transformable skills, in addition to demonstrating expert knowledge and understanding in your chosen field or subject.
Within the first two weeks of starting your doctoral programme, and normally as part of your induction, you will meet with your supervisors to discuss training needs and complete an agreed Training Needs Analysis form. The TNA form covers areas such as:
- transferable skills required to become an effective researcher
- subject-specific advanced skills or knowledge relating to your specialist area of studies
- professional skills related to managing a research project or disseminating research (through public engagement and teaching, for example)
- identification of opportunities to acquire, maintain and enhance knowledge and understanding.
There is guidance for you and your supervisors when completing your analysis.
Training Needs Analysis Form
If you require this information in an alternative format, please contact our team.
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