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3 Minute Thesis is back for 2020

Bradford's heat of this national competition returns this year and we need volunteers to help make the event happen. Volunteering does not prevent you from participating on the day, is a great item for your early career CV, and means you are actively contributing to the vibrant and inclusive research culture at Bradford.

Email Dr Delderfield ( if you would like to be on the organising committee.


Pint of Science 2020


University of Bradford - Call for Volunteers

Are you passionate about science? Public engagement? Pubs/cafes/Museums!? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be interested in helping to run Pint of Science festival in Bradford in 2020!

What is Pint of Science?

Pint of Science is an international science festival that happens annually over three evenings in May. From May 11-13, science researchers will be making their way from the lab to the public space to share their research stories over a refreshment.

The festival doesn’t happen by itself; it needs a team of enthusiastic and inventive volunteers to make it happen. That’s where you might come in… We need volunteers to run the festival in Bradford! Roles require some commitment from October 2019 – May 2020 and include event manager, communications manager and web manager. The time commitment would be around 5 - 10 hours or as much as more if you wanted to be more involved.

What’s involved for volunteers?

Pint of Science is a great way to learn team-working, event management and science public engagement. Not only is it a great boost to your CV, it’s also excellent for meeting new people and generally having a laugh – how often do you get to run your own festival in your spare time?

Get involved and help showcase the world-class science that happens in at the  University of Bradford.

Our events include the following topics: Beautiful Mind (neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry), Atoms to Galaxies (physics, chemistry, maths, astronomy), Our Body (medicine, human biology, health), Planet Earth (geosciences, plant sciences, zoology), Tech Me Out (biotechnology, robotics, computers), Our Society (law, history, politics, policy, languages), Creative Reactions – where science meets art…

Interested in finding out more?

Visit the website for more info: If you want to get involved or have any further questions then please email me, Dr Ritchie Williamson ( and I will get back to you.

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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

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 wihtout credit if you and your supervisor believe these to be beneficial. 

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) from Vitae 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.