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A-Z of Research Training

This list provides all of the training opportunities open to doctoral researchers. Research staff are welcome to join us.

Although we have tried to bring everything the university offers together in one place, you need to follow these links to find information about what the stand-alone sessions or modules cover - this helps you to make an informed decision as to whether the training will meet your needs.

  • All training is mapped to the UK's Researcher Development Framework.
  • Modules run once per year and you need to make a request to join.
  • Stand-alone training sessions run more often - often repeated from autumn/winter in spring/summer.
    • Stand-alone training items on the list appear in your diary. In 2021-22, each session runs once on campus and once as an online session.
    • You can accept or decline the invitation to create a personalised training schedule.
    • Where booking procedures are required by the provider, open the invitation to see and follow these.
    • If something is listed without an active link, this means it will return but no new dates have been announced by the provider.
  • Induction runs three times every year.
  • Outduction events run every year for those who are in their final year and nearing completion.
  • For anything that is discontinued, we remove these altogether to avoid confusion.
  • Research seminars are not listed in the A-Z as they change substantively year-on-year.
  • Can't find what you're looking for?
    • Many of us offer one-to-one consultations for training and personalised development so that you can learn new skills even when training has finished.
    • Request training - we are happy to respond to bespoke training requirements if a group identifies shared training needs.

Each training opportunity is mapped to Vitae's national Researcher Development Framework (RDF) subdomains to help

with your professional development planning.

Standalone sessions and ModulesA1A2A3B1B2B3C1C2C3D1D2D3
Advanced Literature Searching for Researchers X X X                  
Advanced Psychological Research Methods X X X                  
Beyond the Interview: Innovative Methods for Data Collection X X X         X        
Bibliometrics: an Introduction X X                 X X
Broadening your Career Horizons           X            
Business Data Analytics X X X                  
Communicating Your Research to Any Audience                     X X
Conference Paper Presentation and Getting the Most Out of a Conference       X X X         X X
Costing and Pricing Your Research Grant               X X      
COVID Safety Awareness and Researcher Resilience       X X              
Critical Appraisal X X X     X            
Critical Appraisal of Literature Relating to PhD Study X X X                  
Critical Thinking & Problem-solving for Doctoral Researchers   X X     X            
Critical Thinking, Reading & Writing   X X     X         X  
CVs and Job Applications for Researchers           X            
Data Management for Doctoral Researchers X     X      X X X      
Data Visualisation X X X                  
Developing and Styling Your Academic Writing                     X X
Doing your Search for a Systematic Review  X X X                  
EndNote for Researchers X X       X            
Engagement, Impact and Your Research                     X X
English for Postgraduate Researchers X X                 X  
Ethical Doctoral Research   X          X     X    
Introduction to Ethical Research   X         X     X    
Ethics in Digital Research   X         X     X    
Ethics, Professionalism and Reflective Practice X X X     X X          
Ethnography X                      
Focus Group Skills for Researchers X     X                
Getting to Grips with Method and Methodology X X           X       X
(Understanding & Using) Grounded Theory X X X                  
Imaging X X       X            
Interviewing and Communication Skills X X X     X            
Interviewing Skills for Doctoral Researchers X   X X                
Interview Skills for Your Career            X            
Job Interviews for Researchers           X            
(Options with Your PhD) Job Seeking Strategies     X     X            
Literature Reviewing 1: Engaging Critically with Texts X X X     X            
Literature Reviewing 2: Making Sense of a Body of Work X X X      X            
Marketing Yourself & the Importance of Networking                        
MS Office 365 for Researchers           X X          
MS Teams - a collaborative tool for researchers           X       X    
(Using) MS Word to Format Your Thesis           X         X  
Multimedia Communication for Researchers                   X X X
NVivo X X                    
The Online Researcher           X       X X X
Painless Postgraduate Study     X X X              
Phlebotomy X         X X          
Poster Design and Presentation                     X X
Power Analysis (online training materials)   X                    
Professional skills for researchers       X X X   X     X  
Conquer the Fear of Presenting       X X X         X X
Presenting Conference Posters, Papers, and Seminars for Doctoral Researchers   X X X X           X X
Presentation Skills in Practice   X X X X           X X
Professional Networking Skills for Researchers           X            
Project Planning and Design X X X       X X X      
Qualitative Research: the Basics X X X X X         X    
Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods X X X                  
Qualitative, quantitative & mixed research methods X X X                  
(Introduction to) Quantitative Research X X X                  
Quantitative research methods Q&A X X X      X            
Research Design for Qualitative Research: Key Principles X   X   X     X        
Research design, philosophy & working beyond disciplines X X X   X         X    
Research methods and data analysis X X X                  
Research Methods for Social Workers X X X                  
Research Methods in Psychology X X  X                  
Researching the Social World X X X                  
Risk Assessment & Management X X X       X X        
Risk Assessment for Doctoral Researchers X X         X X        
Self-assessment for Research Careers           X            
Separation Science & Mass Spectrometry X X X                  
Shut Up and Write! (Online focused writing sessions run across the globe.)                   X X X
Solid Analysis X X X                  
Spectroscopy X X X                  
SPSS X X X                  
Statistical Data Analysis X X X                  
Statistics for Social Sciences: an Introduction (2022 dates TBA) X X X X                
Supply Chain Management & Production X X X                  
Teaching skills                     X  
Theses and Copyright X     X     X          
Thriving in your Viva   X X X X X         X  
Transcribing Data for Doctoral Researchers
X   X X X              
Using Sources Effectively X X X                  
Wellbeing Wednesdays     X X X   X     X    
Winning Grant Funding               X X      
Writing a Conference Abstract                     X X
Writing for Doctoral Research: Crafting Sections, Chapters and the Thesis     X     X         X  
Writing productively: snacking, bingeing and marathon writing           X         X  
Writing for Publication    X  X               X  
Writing Retreat    X X               X  


Training on-demand

  • We offer SPSS and NVivo training all year round.
  • Simply book as an individual or as a group.
  • We offer bespoke training to meet your needs, when you need it.


Your trainers:

  • NVivo - Dr Russell Delderfield
  • SPSS - Dr Michael Cross.

Use the buttons to view our introductory materials to help you to decide if the software is useful to you and/or to book an appointment.

NVivo Training

NVivo is computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) that can be used for the analysis of unstructured text, audio, video, and image data, including (but not limited to) interviews, focus groups, surveys, social media, and journal articles. It is produced by QSR International and the University has a license.

  • Training in the use of NVivo is offered as a tailored package, often employing blended learning.
  • This may use a combination of two or more from face-to-face tutorial, online consultation, self-study training activities, and video instruction.
  • Contact Dr Delderfield to book your one-to-one appointment to get started with CAQDAS.

Deciding if NVivo is for you

Useful free webinar from Academic Consulting in New Zealand to help you determine if NVivo is actually of utility for your project.

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.

Find your local group or an online session.

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)

These sessions are all free to Bradford PGR and appear in your calendars but please follow the instructions below.

Booking and joining instructions

  • Make sure you use your official university email address to book so that MMU know you are entitled to attend, and for free.
  • Their full programme is online this year, via Zoom.
  • Bookings will be collected via Eventbrite, with a booking link provided for each session.
  • Booking closes 24 hours before the session is due to run. If you book late they may not be able to offer you a place.
  • MMU will email everyone booked onto each workshop approx. 24 hours in advance with the joining link and session password.
  • If you encounter any problems when booking, need to cancel your place or haven’t received the joining instructions in good time before the webinar, please email


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