The Postgraduate Research Framework
Welcome to the training and development portal for our doctoral researchers
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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.
Shut Up and Write!
These sessions are structured, collective writing sessions for you to set goals, get drafting, reflect, check-in and carry on. Many people find committing to weekly or daily sessions useful in helping them commit to protected time to get scholarly (and other) writing done.
- We used to run our own at Bradford but globally this movement has grown and there are now in-person groups all over and (understandably) a surge in online groups, so that you can find motivation to write at times/locales to suit you.
- SUAW boasts over 66,000 people writing across 316 countries.
- There are buttons for finding an online group or local 'chapter' on the SUAW portal.
- Many groups often use pomodoro or other techniques to structure writing time and maximise focus.
- To join a session you currently need to set up a free Meet Up account profile.
- The site provides links and instructions for this if you select the Login/Sign Up option at the top right of your screen.
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 (email@example.com).
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.