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Manchester Met Postgraduate Researcher (PGR) Conference 2021

17th March 2021 - 08:30-17:00. An online conference for postgraduates to showcase their research.
The MMU Postgraduate Researcher (PGR) Conference is an annual event, organised and run by current PhD researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University. This multidisciplinary conference is an opportunity for PGRs to showcase their research in a friendly, welcoming environment and, for the first time, is taking place as an entirely digital event.
This year's theme is Diversity and Research in Critical Times: Power in Polyvocality, and features research from a wide range of fields. Along with the live event, a podcast is now available on Spotify under the name In the Spotlight, and features guests from academia and industry. Abstracts are available to view now in the event brochure, and bookings are open on the conference's Eventbrite.
  • For further information on the conference, follow the organisers on Twitter @mcrmetpgrconf or get in touch via email. You can also download the event brochure, which is regularly updated as new information is released.
  • Conference registration is open to anyone associated with a university, whatever stage of your career you are at. To register for the conference, please visit the Eventbrite event page​.
  • Please contact the conference committee at if you have any questions regarding this event.


PG Researchers and COVID-19

February 2021 - the University is extending twice-weekly testing for all students and staff attending campus who are showing no symptoms of COVID-19 (asymptomatic).

COVID-19 information specific to Bradford doctoral researchers is available.

All PGR are welcome to use the new national support resource from Student Minds: Student Space. This is here to help you through the coronavirus pandemic. It has been carefully designed to provide students with dedicated support services run by trained supporters via phone, text, email and webchat, how ever you’re feeling. See the button below.

PGR Connect: peer-support for all doctoral researchers

This is a doctoral researcher-led scheme to help you to adjust to and progress in research by getting to know others, sharing experiences and ideas, tackling common issues, whilst developing a sense of community and belonging together.

  • Small groups of up to 6 PGR meet online every 2 months or so over an academic year, led by one of our trained Connect leaders, who are also PGR at Bradford.
  • To join, see the QR code shared in the latest PG Researchers Group newsmail.

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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