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The Postgraduate Researcher Framework

Welcome to the training and development portal for our doctoral researchers

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What is the national Researcher Concordat?

  • What is it?
  • Who does it affect?
  • What will it mean for me?
  • What is the university doing?

Find out about Bradford's action plan for the national Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. This affects all researchers from novice researchers doing research degrees through to our most experienced researcher leaders and professors.

Your Framework 2022-23

This year's offering is blended in approach. Research methods modules are in-person, with stand-alone training in both face-to-face and digital formats of delivery. All new sessions up to the end of 2022 are being added by the end of September, with others being added throughout October. We will add 2023 sessions as soon as possible.

We have hybrid delivery...

  • in response to direct PGR feedback. Researchers wanted to harness the positives gained during the last couple of years - that those doing their research off-site and on-site were able to meet and interact together;
  • to support our new PhD by Distance Learning;
  • to support our DBA candidates who frequently engage in block learning and are mainly off-site.



White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership

This consortium gives our postgraduate researchers access to training and networking opportunities across Yorkshire and also provides video and self-development resources on large range of social research skills and topics via its virtual learning environment.

To access VIRE you will need our institutional username and password. Please contact Dr Delderfield with your UB number if you wish to request this.

Research Seminars 22-23

#UoBresearchculture at its best...

  • We have a vibrant array of research seminars and other events, including Bradford experts and external guest speakers.
  • Our ethos is to encourage researchers to try other disciplines and specialisms - to support our whole research community - not just your host research centre or cluster.
  • The future of research is interdisciplinary, so starting early during your doctoral research is a good idea.
  • If you attend a seminar and are a social media user, please share your positive experience with the hashtag #UoBresearchculture.



Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique is a friendly and collaborative exploration of the latest breakthroughs in science. You’ll hear about, discuss and debate some of the most recent advances and discoveries in science and healthcare, and their importance to society. It is a national movement and the Bradford chapter is a collaboration between the University of Bradford and the National Science and Media Museum.

  • Each event has a theme—they’ve included everything from the latest in physics to the science of music, from nanotechnology to muscle performance.
  • Café Scientifique is a great way to meet new people and exercise your mind.
  • Discuss the discoveries you’ve seen in the headlines, or learn something completely new.
  • These are social, public events held in the evening in-person.
  • Keep up to date—follow Café Scientifique on Facebook and Twitter.

Please bookmark this events page to keep up-to-date with upcoming cafés. They all take place from 18:30 to 20:00 and tickets are free but available to book a few weeks before each event.

Last year's programme included:
28th October 2021 - Green Concrete: building a more sustainable future with Ashraf Ashour
18th November 2021 - Mass vaccination: the Bradford story with Dinesh Saralya
16 December 2021 - Stories from the tooth fairy with Julia Beaumont
27 January 2022 - Caught on camera: Crewe Circle spirit photographs with Efram Sera-Shriar
17 February 2022 - An apple a day keeps the AI away with Christopher Yau
24 March 2022 - Sermon on the soil with Duncan Cameron
28 April 2022 - Assessing foreign leaders with Michael D Young
19 May 2022 - Ethnography in the City: Reflections from Bradford with Yunis Alam
23 June 2022 - Body fat: is all fat created equal? with Rebecca Dunbell
21 July 2022 - The eye as a window to the listening brain with Ronan McGarrigle

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. (Please note, however, this does not include any modules belonging to our MBA programme.) 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. 

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  • Latest sessions and how to book
  • #UoBresearchculture events on and off campus
  • Changes to training and new events
  • Links to external training and resources.