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Professor Les Back - Making Sociology Matter

Thursday 7th November 2019, 6.30pm, John Stanley Bell Lecture Theatre, Richmond Building.


The University of Bradford is proud to present an evening with Professor Les Back in conversation with Dr Yunis Alam. This event will take the form of a vibrant,  loosely structured and informal interview, with the audience being invited to ask questions during a significant part of the evening.

Throughout the conversation with Les, we hope to explore a range of sociological themes: the changing nature of universities, the meaning and impact of sociological research, and, more generally, sociology as idea and practice in the twenty first century.

While Les is a long established academic, much of his work reaches beyond traditional academic audiences. This event is open to everyone from within and outside of the university.

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Emotional labour in qualitative research

11th December 2019, 2pm, C9 Richmond Building.

Meet the Qualitative Methodologist - a person who spends far too much time thinking about the vagaries and difficulties of qualitative research...!

Qualitative research sometimes includes a personal involvement from the researcher with the topic under investigation. this is especially the case if someone researches issues of which they have life experience. Dr Russell Delderfield explores 'the self-in-research nexus' as a way to conceptualise the meeting (or collision?) of research meanings and personal resonances, and emotional work.

Please book your free place.

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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.