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Postgraduate research students and the COVID-19 Coronavirus

Information specific to doctoral studies is available.


Our PG Researcher Community

Doctoral research can feel isolating at the best of times. If you are feeling concerned regarding the current circumstances in the UK (or at home?) or just a bit alone, you can tweet me @MaleEDResearch or @DoctoralSkills and I'm happy to chat and support. If you are not a Twitter user, that's fine. I'll be available via email: or telephone on (+44 0)1274 233629. We're a community, even at a distance.
  • Latest information on University guidance.
  • Some training may be postponed, other sessions will be delivered online instead at their scheduled times. All details will be updated here
  • Below are links (yellow boxes) to resources that you can use if you are working at home or want to develop your research skills under your own direction.

Research project planning with Gantt charts

  • Wednesday 22 July 2020
  • 10-11.30am BST
  • Online workshop with Stephanie Barker.

Need some help with your project planning and task management? This session will help you to break the remainder (or all) of your research project down into its main stages, set up a Gantt chart in Excel or on paper to plan out your tasks, and use your Gantt chart to manage yourself and your time.

  • Suitable for all doctoral researchers, including if you are:
  • Setting up your initial plan at the start of your studies to map out the next few years of tasks
  • Creating a new plan to rework your project or get back on track.

Near the end of your studies and just need to create a manageable plan to cover the next few months.

‚ÄčPlease book your place via Eventbrite.

Joining instructions will be sent out the day before the event. In case of any problems, contact


 New PGR Framework training session this summer:


  1. Elsevier Researcher Academy: How to Write a Great Research Paper and Get it Accepted by a Scholarly Journal Tuesday 28 July, 14.00-15.30Please register in advance for this webinar

  2. Scopus Online Seminar Thursday 30 July 14.00-15.30. Please register in advance for this webinar

  3. Scopus: Understanding Research Metrics: Journal-Level, Article-Level, and Author-Level
    Tuesday 4 August 14.00-15.00. 
    Register in advance for this webinar


AI Tech North

The University of Bradford is also a lead sponsor of:

All welcome, irrespective of discipline or skill in this area.

The Wellbeing Thesis

This FREE set of resources is developed by Student Minds and helps you focus on the positive mental health and wellbeing aspects of your doctoral journey.

The Wellbeing Thesis can help you to:

  • Set yourself up to do the best
  • Challenge common postgraduate myths
  • Feel in control of your postgraduate journey
  • Plan on the next steps following on from your studies.

Publishing Guide

This guide is from the Food and Health Information research group but I've watched all of the videos at the link andit is true that any discipline can learn something from their 'getting published' guidance. You can see the whole guide as a series of follow-along text tutorials or you can use the videos instead (or both) as you wish. It's free.

They cover content such as:

  • Aims & Scope - Understanding a journal's mission and what they are looking for in a paper
  • Instructions for authors - Key things to check to help avoid a desk reject
  • Peer review in journal publishing - Principles, benefits and different types
  • How to interpret traditional journal metrics like the Impact Factor
  • Peer review - What to expect as an author?
  • How to respond to journal editorial decisions on your paper.


CARMA Free Training Video Library



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JB Priestley Library has renewed our subscription to Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis video library.


  • It contains more than 100 research methods training videos, most of them with presentation slides.
  • To access, search CARMA video library from the UoB library resources and register using your UoB email account.
  • A list of all topics covered.



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

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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.