Personal and professional development course directory

Our table of courses divides the entire programme into easily searchable categories. Search for a course via our keyword search or filter by 'Title and description', 'Suitable for', 'Theme', or 'Course format'.

Categories explained

Each listing is appropriate for a range of research students, depending on where you are in your degree, what type of degree you are doing, and whether you are a part-time or distance learner.

 

Index of courses
Title and descriptionSuitable forTheme catTheme Course formatDate(s) running
An introduction to Open Research

Learn how 'open research' has made a significant impact on scholarly activities, through funding councils, government and publishers increasingly placing a focus on research that is transparent, accountable, and accessible to a worldwide audience.

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Workshop Click link for upcoming dates
Approaching Archives

An introduction for Arts Faculty PGRs to the process of using an archive.

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Workshop Click link for upcoming dates
Ask JGI: Support for data science

The Jean Golding Institute for Data-Intensive Research runs 'Ask JGI', a service providing free data science support through email and 1-1 meetings (ask-jgi@bristol.ac.uk). The service provides direct support and signposting on statistics, computing, data management, visualisation and storage questions.

Everyone Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Drop-in clinic Ongoing
BDC Seminar: Potential energy - Presenting with impact

With an emphasis on communication practice, developing a memorable delivery, and the importance of individual style and flair, this seminar is unmissable for those eager to improve their public speaking.

Maintaining momentum Promoting your research;Show all Promoting your research Seminar 28 January 2020
BDC Seminar: Seven secrets of highly successful researchers

This seminar describes the seven secrets of highly successful researchers including relationship and time management, seeking assistance when needed, and maintaining your motivation.

Getting going Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Seminar 28 April 2020
Becoming a self-advocate: dealing with difficult conversations

PhD students often feel they straddle the divide between students and staff and, as such, are dependent on maintaining strong relationships with their supervisor and other staff in their department. Their reliance on these relationships can mean that when problems arise, they feel under pressure to avoid difficult conversations or escalating the issue. This workshop aims to help participants understand what unacceptable behaviour looks like from microaggressions to inappropriate physical contact. It will provide practical tips on how to hold a difficult conversation as well as examine the resources on offer to report issues and gain support and advice.

Everyone Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Personal development and wellbeing Workshop 26 November 2019
Bereavement group

Coping with the loss of someone close can sometimes feel overwhelming and we may fear that we will burden others by talking, and that at any rate others won’t understand. This group provides a safe space where individuals can talk about their grief, offering mutual support and companionship through the journey of bereavement. Attendance is required at all sessions.

Everyone Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Personal development and wellbeing Group Ongoing
Beyond starting to teach: Developing and sustaining an effective learning environment

This session will explore the qualities of an effective learning environment. Strategies to maintain it sustainably will then be discussed. By the end of the session you will be able to identify and analysis the characteristics of an effective and sustainable learning environment and to integrate them to your own practice.

Everyone Teaching;Show all Teaching Discussion series Click link for upcoming dates
Beyond starting to teach: Exploring Digital Education for learning

This session will look at enhancing your teaching and your students' learning through simple and popular digital education tools. By the end of the session you will be able to select and justify the relevance of digital tools for your discipline to enhance your teaching practice.

Everyone Teaching;Show all Teaching Discussion series Click link for upcoming dates
Beyond starting to teach: Hearing from PGRs who teach - PGR panel: sharing practice

This panel session will enable you to hear from experienced PGRs about their teaching experiences at Bristol and how they have developed their own teaching practice. There will be opportunities for q&a to the panel. By the end of this session you will be able to recognise and identify different teaching practices across disciplines and how they resonate with your own experiences. 

Everyone Teaching;Show all Teaching Discussion series Click link for upcoming dates
Beyond starting to teach: Looking back over your first few weeks as PGRs who teach

This session will help you review how your teaching has gone so far this term and offer some strategies to identify what has been working as well as what to adapt and on why and how. By the end of this session you will be able to identify and justify what has been working and areas for improvement and to create an individual formative evaluation plan.

Everyone Teaching;Show all Teaching Discussion series Click link for upcoming dates
Beyond starting to teach: Re-engaging your learners

This session will explore motivating and re-engaging learners after the Christmas break and assessment period. We will explore how you can facilitate learners to reconnect with their studies and identify areas to develop in their learning and what your role is in supporting learners you teach in your different contexts. By the end of the session you will be able to recognise the role of motivation in supporting students learning and to identify and analyse how different teaching and learning approaches influence learners’ motivation.

Everyone Teaching;Show all Teaching Discussion series Click link for upcoming dates
Beyond starting to teach: Supporting successful learning strategies in your subject

This session will look at how best to support students in developing not just what to think but how to think in your discipline. By the end of the session you will be able to identify and integrate teaching practices to support your students’ transition to specialists of your discipline.

Everyone Teaching;Show all Teaching Discussion series Click link for upcoming dates
Beyond starting to teach: Taking stock: Reviewing your teaching year

Reviewing your teaching over the year - What went well? What feedback did you receive? What might you change and why? By the end of the session you will be able to reflect critically on your teaching, identify the skills you have gained and create an individual formative evaluation plan.

Everyone Teaching;Show all Teaching Discussion series Click link for upcoming dates
Bootcamp copyright: online tutorial

The subject of copyright can be daunting. In order to make an informed decision you need to have some level of understanding of copyright. This bootcamp is intended to provide that. This tutorial will guide you through some of the issues associated with copyright and point you towards resources that can assist you in this process.

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
Bristol PLUS Award introductory talk

The Bristol PLUS Award provides a framework to reward students for the professional skills you are developing while at University, but which are uncredited by your PhD. Attend the introductory talk to find out about the requirements and benefits.

Everyone Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session 11 October 2019
Careers Service workshop: Articulating skills for PGRs

This workshop will introduce you to the attitudes and aptitudes that employers are looking for and some employer perceptions of doctoral graduates. It will then use the Vitae Researcher Development Framework to explore the skills you develop through doctoral research. Through paired work and in small groups you will practice articulating transferable skills using evidence and examples taken from your experience as a PGR student.

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session 25 November 2019
Careers with a Science Degree

A Scientific PhD opens up a huge range of opportunities, if you want to explore what your options are post-PhD and start to talk to employers that are recruiting, this fair is a great opportunity. Companies that are leading the way in scientific innovation and research will be here waiting to talk to you. Take this chance to make some connections in industry and explore your options. 

Everyone Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Careers fair 30 October 2019
Commercialising research data bootcamp: online tutorial

This online tutorial is appropriate for all members of the University who are considering commercially exploiting their research data - for example, by applying for a patent or using a licence to generate revenue. It will guide you through some of the issues associated with commercialising research data, when you should take action to solve these, and point you towards resources at the University of Bristol that can assist you in this process.

To the finish line and beyond Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
Copyright and intellectual property

Both printed publications and electronic resources are protected by copyright law. The Library provides guidance on copyright for students and researchers. This guide includes information on copyright in relation to your own thesis and when authoring a journal article.

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
CREATE Level 1: Briefing Session

CREATE level 1 briefing sessions provide an overview for what is involved in the CREATE scheme, time lines and next steps and how to apply.

Maintaining Momentum Teaching;Show all Teaching Information session

7 October 2019; 11 October 2019; 15 October 2019; 25 October 2019

Data analysis in Python

This course is aimed at the intermediate Python developer who wants to learn how to do useful data analysis tasks in Python. It will initially focus on the Python package pandas but will also cover matplotlib, NumPy and SciPy to some degree.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Designing and creating digital materials

The increased availability of mobile devices gives teaching staff an opportunity to allow guided and self-paced learning to continue outside of traditional settings. This workshop will help you to get started in creating digital materials, moving from the initial idea through to creation and publishing the final content.

Everyone Teaching;Show all Teaching Workshop Click link for upcoming dates
Doctoral extension scheme visa

If you are a PhD student thinking about work opportunities in the UK upon completion of your studies, then the Doctorate Extension Scheme visa may be of interest to you. It is designed to give students who have almost finished their UK PhD or other doctorate qualification an additional 12 months of Tier 4 (General) immigration permission in which to look for and start work in the UK.

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session TBC
Employer showcase

The Employer Showcase is your chance to meet employers across a range of sectors and sizes, with local companies also represented. Split over the 10th and 16th October with different employers on both days, this event is an opportunity for researchers to really get to know potential employers, what they’re looking for and how you can stand out. This is your chance to explore the labour market and what opportunities are out there post PhD. Employers are running talks throughout the day, there are specific PGR talks and Careers Service staff on hand to answer your questions.

Everyone Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Careers fair 8 October 2019; 15 October 2019
Etheses support and guidance

The University of Bristol requires students to submit their thesis electronically. Find out everything you need to know about how to submit your thesis, when and how to defer access, and the link between research data and your thesis. 

To the finish line and beyond Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
Ethics guidance

The University is globally recognised for the quality of its research. In order to maintain and uphold the high standards of our research we continue to undertake initiatives to ensure that integrity, ethics and excellence are at the core of our research activities and fully embedded in our research culture. Research and Enterprise Development provide guidance on the ethics of research across the University.

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
Exploring your PhD Journey Through Metaphors

Through a series of hands-on activities that rely on metaphors as a way of articulating personal experiences, this session will explore common challenges associated with the PhD journey.

Maintaining momentum Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Personal development and wellbeing Workshop 21 February 2020
File sharing and collaboration in Office 365

The purpose of this course is to introduce cloud-based file storage and sharing for personal use and small team collaboration using Office 365 tools such as OneDrive and Office 365 Groups.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Workshop Click link for upcoming dates
Finishing your PhD and forging ahead

Coming to the end of your research project can be both exciting and daunting! This workshop will help you to identify things to consider as you come to the end of the doctorate. It will provide you with an overview of how to prepare your thesis for submission and guidance on what to expect from the Viva. It will give you the opportunity to analyse the impact of your research, and recognise the specific attributes and skills you have developed, as you prepare for your next step.

To the finish line and beyond Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Workshop 8 October 2019; 22 January 2020; 7 April 2020
Getting Started with Academic Publishing

Publications are the bread and butter of an academic career but navigating the perils of publishing can be particularly challenging for PGRs. This course will help you get started by examining the publication process and by interrogating the anatomy of high quality papers.

Maintaining momentum Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Workshop 5 November 2019; 25 March 2020
Getting started with your PhD

Starting a research project is both exciting and a little daunting. This workshop will explore the value of a doctorate, provide you with an overview of what a research degree looks like, and give you the tools you need to get started.

Getting going Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Workshop 15 October 2019; 30 January 2020; 1 April 2020
Getting the best out of your supervision

This session will look at the different expectations that supervisors and students can have of the doctoral process. It will help you to clarify what you need from your supervisor(s) and identify a range of approaches for getting the best from busy academic staff.

Getting going Working with others;Show all Working with others Workshop 29 October 2019; 4 February 2020
Grads Love Bristol

Grads Love Bristol is a networking and careers fair event full of local firms. If you love Bristol and want to stay here after your doctorate, come along to see which employers are recruiting in the City. There will be talks, networking and panel events. Come along to discover firms and opportunities you may never have considered!

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Workshop TBC
GW4 Communication for collaboration

As a PGR student, the chances are you will want or be required to collaborate with other researchers. The GW4 Communication for Collaboration resource will help you to think about how you would benefit from collaboration, understand its opportunities and challenges, find new ways of reaching different audiences, and improve your communication style. This expert guide can be found on the GW4 Portal

Everyone Working with others;Show all Working with others Online resource Ongoing
How to Write Academic English

Learn what makes the English required for a thesis or dissertation ‘academic’, how to write clearly and succinctly, how to structure a paragraph and how to ensure your work is more analytical.

Everyone Everyone;Show all Everyone Workshop 24 January 2020
Information security essential training

If you work for the University or are undertaking research as part of your postgraduate studies, then information security has everything to do with you. Everybody in the University is responsible for the safeguarding of confidential information - don't assume that it is 'someone else's job'. There could be real consequences, both for you as an individual and for the University as an institution, for a breach of the University’s Information Security Policy. This module can be completed through STaR’s essential training tab.

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
Introduction to Blackboard for academic and research staff

The aims of this workshop are to provide an overview of the tools and features of Blackboard, explore ideas on how Blackboard can be used to support learning and teaching, and enable participants to design and edit their own courses.

Everyone Teaching;Show all Teaching Workshop Click link for upcoming dates
Introduction to MPI

MPI provides a straight-forward interface to write software that can use multiple cores of a computer, and multiple computers in a cluster or nodes in a supercomputer. This short course will provide a taster of MPI. The course is arranged with examples in C, C++ and Fortran.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Introduction to OpenMP

OpenMP provides a straight-forward interface to write software that can use multiple cores of a computer. This is short course will provide a taster of OpenMP. The course is arranged with examples in C, C++ and Fortran. OpenMP can be combined with other parallel programming technologies, e.g. MPI. This course is presented as a companion to my MPI course.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Introduction to Public Engagement with Research

Public engagement is an integral and exciting part of academic life and can help in developing a greater understanding of the broader context of your work. It is one way of generating wider societal impacts from your research, and includes everything from disseminating the outcomes of your research, to involving others in it at an early stage.

Everyone Promoting your research;Show all Promoting your research Workshop 19 November 2019
Introduction to qualitative data analysis

This workshop provides a high-level overview of the principles and practices of undertaking qualitative data analysis (text, graphic, audio and video). Participants will create an analytical strategy for examining a dataset.

Getting going Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Workshop 7 November 2019; 11 March 2020
Introduction to quantitative data analysis

This workshop provides a high-level overview of the principles and practices of undertaking quantitative data analysis. Participants will examine quantitative methodologies, as well as data collection and reporting strategies, that should be considered before embarking upon a quantitative analysis.

Getting going Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Workshop 5 December 2019; 23 March 2020
Introduction to Unix / Linux

A beginners guide to the Unix and Linux operating system. Eight simple tutorials which cover the basics of UNIX / Linux commands.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Maintaining momentum in your PhD

Research is never straight-forward: a bit of messiness is expected. Half-way through your doctoral research you may find your enthusiasm flagging. This workshop will help you identify strategies to overcome obstacles and take care of yourself. You can use this opportunity to reconnect with your motivations, explore your emerging identity as a researcher, and learn practical tips that will help you through the "messy bits" of researching and writing.

Maintaining momentum Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Workshop 22 November 2019; 3 March 2020
Managing anxiety with CBT group

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you to address problems by changing the way you think and behave. This group will introduce the role of relaxation, tackling worry, problem solving and thought challenging in managing and decreasing the symptoms of anxiety. Attendance is required at all sessions.

Everyone Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Personal development and wellbeing Group Ongoing
Managing depression with CBT group

Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you address your problems by changing the way you think and behave. This group will support you in improving your mood by tackling negative thoughts and re-connecting with activities that give you enjoyment or a sense of achievement. Attendance is required at all sessions.

Everyone Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Personal development and wellbeing Group Ongoing
Matlab training materials

MATLAB® is the high-level language and interactive environment used by millions of engineers and scientists worldwide to visualize ideas across disciplines. Simulink® is a block diagram environment for multi-domain simulation and Model-Based Design. Learn interactively watching introductory videos and using other online resources provided by Mathworks.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Meeting EPSRC expectations on research data: online tutorial

This online tutorial is appropriate for all members of the University who are supported by funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The aim is to enable you to understand how to meet the EPSRC expectations on research data management. 

Everyone

Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
Mindfulness group

In this group you will have an opportunity to sample a variety of mindfulness skills and meditation practices. This group is open to all students, newcomers and those who would like an opportunity to consolidate their mindfulness practice in a group setting. Attendance is required at all sessions.

Everyone

Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Personal development and wellbeing Group Ongoing
Numpy: scratching the surface

Numpy is an open-source package for Python, offering routines for fast and efficient manipulation of arrays and matrices of numeric data. This resource provides a very basic introduction, giving you an overview of some of things that are possible with numpy.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
NVivo 10, 11 & 12: online tutorial

NVivo helps you manage, analyse and report on unstructured data. There are several online tutorials that offer step-by-step animated demonstrations so you can start using your own QSR software straight away.

Everyone

Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Online careers guidance: CVs; application forms; speculative applications; and postgraduate applications

Applying for work or further study? You'll want to market your skills and experience in the best way possible to get your application noticed and selected by employers and recruiters. Here you can find online guidance to make your CV, application form or speculative application stand out from the crowd.

Everyone Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Online resource Ongoing
Open Access information and guidance

Open Access is free, unrestricted online access to research outputs. It is a requirement of publication for many funders and for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) submissions. Find out more about Open Access, REF and funder requirements, funding and payment details.

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
Parallel programming with Python

This short course will teach you how to write Python scripts that can take advantage of the processing power of multicore processors and large compute clusters. While this course is based on Python, the core ideas of functional programming and parallel functional programming are applicable to a wide range of languages. To follow this course you should already have a good basic understanding of Python.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Personal impact and confident networking

Important meetings, networking opportunities at conferences, encounters with high-powered individuals, interviews- they all put your communication skills to the test. This involving course will help to overcome public speaking problems and equip you to become an outstanding and influential communicator.

Maintaining momentum Working with others;Show all Working with others Workshop 21 November 2019; 07 February 2020; 22 April 2020; 9 June 2020
Perfect Posters

Posters are a creative way to visually communicate your research but poster design can be difficult to get right. This session will guide you through the steps of producing a memorable poster and evaluate the power of posters as a tool of engaging audiences and promoting yourself and your work.

Maintaining momentum Promoting your research;Show all Promoting your research Workshop 27 November 2019; 17 March 2020
Plagiarism: information and advice

This page will help you recognise what plagiarism is and help you avoid it by carrying out your research and writing thoughtfully and responsibly. It covers topics such as: What is plagiarism? Why does it matter?

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
Planning Your Development & Future Career

This workshop explores the process of professional development planning and outlines how engaging with it can help you navigate your research journey and plan for your future.

Everyone Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Workshop 11 November 2019; 13 February 2020
Pre-Research English and Academic Literacy (Pre-REAL)

For language profile F students, or those who have received conditional offers from their departments. This course aims to raise awareness of issues in Research, English and Academic Literacy in a 10-week taught course throughout Teaching Block 1, and repeated again in Teaching Block 2. Ideally, students who have completed this course can move on to 1-2 REAL.

Getting going Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Taught course October - December 2019; February - May 2020
Presenting with confidence and flair

This workshop equips research students with strategies to manage their public-speaking nerves by offering ways to hold an audience’s attention, convey information and ideas clearly and respond to questions with authority and composure. Course participants have the opportunity to analyse their presentation style and explore ways of developing it.

Maintaining momentum Promoting your research;Show all Promoting your research Workshop 31 October 2019; 14 January 2020; 20 March 2020; 6 May 2020
Productivity ninja

We can all be overwhelmed with the amount of information overload and potential distraction we face in our work. Adopting the mind-set of the Productivity Ninja will help you feel more in control, make better progress, and reduce stress.

Getting going Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Workshop 10 October 2019; 5 March 2020
Project management for researchers: Completing your PhD

Completing your research and submitting your thesis is one of the most intellectually challenging tasks any researcher will undertake. This workshop, aimed at PhD students expecting to submit their thesis in the next 12 months,  is designed to provide you with the tools and approaches you need to complete your doctorate on time.

To the finish line and beyond Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Workshop 22 October 2019; 11 February 2020
Project management for researchers: Planning your PhD

Starting and managing a long-term research project requires strategies to stay on track, keep motivated and monitor your progress. Aimed at new PhD students, this workshop introduces various project-planning tools and approaches that you can apply to help you manage yourself, your research, and your time effectively during your doctorate.

Getting going Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Workshop 8 November 2019; 25 February 2020
Pursuing an Academic Career

This page is aimed at early career researchers who are keen to follow the academic career route by carrying out further research positions and/or eventually becoming a lecturer. Understanding your motivations and how to develop further in this area may therefore be your main focus.

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Online resource Ongoing
Public and Third Sector week

The Public and Third sector week is a week of events, talks ad employer presentations which showcase the many opportunities within the public and third sector. Find out more about careers in government, education, social work, charities, and much more. There is also a PGR specific talk on working in Think Tanks. An event not to be missed if this type of work appeals to you. Find out why your skills as researchers are so valuable and what opportunities there are for you to standout in this sector.

Everyone Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Careers fair 21 October -25 October 2019
Pure online resources

This page provides online support for using PURE and presenting your research online. Resources include: Quick Guide to getting started, Explore Bristol Research website, Create your Pure CV, Publications.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Python 1: Beginning Python

Python is a well-established programming language. This short course will provide you with a quick taste of Python, with examples and exercises you can work through at your own pace.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Python 2: Intermediate Python

This short course will teach you more about the Python language, and also some things about the tools of good programming practice and software design. While this course teaches Python, the software design ideas and techniques are very similar for all programming languages.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Quickfix: Academic CVs for PGRs

A 30-minute talk to introduce PGR students to the essential information about constructing a strong CV or application for academic roles, drawing on your research and teaching experience. This talk is NOT open to those on a Postgraduate taught course.

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session 9 December 2019
Quickfix: Enterprise for postgraduate researchers

Interested in commercialising your research? Would you just like to find out more out more about the spin-out and start-up landscape in Bristol? Have a business or charity idea you would like to explore? This will be a quick introduction to the all the activity at University of Bristol for those interested in entrepreneurship and developing enterprise skills.

Everyone Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information Session TBC
Quickfix: How to sell the transferable skills from your PhD

This talk will discuss the many and varied transferable skills you gain as Postgraduate Researchers and the different types of language you may use to describe these. It will also cover how to read job descriptions to ensure you understand the essential and desirable skills which are required for different roles.

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session TBC
Quickfix: Internships for PGRs

30-minute short talk covering the basics of finding and applying for an internship as a postgraduate researcher. Ideal if you don't have a lot of spare time, or as a refresher. Event recognised by the Bristol PLUS Award.

Everyone Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session 18 October 2019
Quickfix: Non-Academic CVs for PGRs

This talk will give you the essential information to ensure your CV or job application is well structured, includes evidence of your skills and is tailored to the job description. Tailored especially for careers outside of academia.

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session 28 October 2019; 3 December 2019
Quickfix: Options with your PhD

Keep informed about how your transferable research skills could benefit your career. The talk will be useful for all PGRs, especially those exploring options, keen to develop a knowledge of opportunities beyond academia, those unsure about their future career or career choices and those seeking inspiration.

Everyone Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session 2 December 2019
Reference management: EndNote desktop

EndNote is a reference management package that lets you gather and organise bibliographic references and then lets you cite these references in MS Word, whilst automatically creating a bibliography. This course gets you up-to-speed with populating your EndNote library with relevant references in a variety of ways and provides experience in citing references in Word.

Everyone Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Workshop Click link for upcoming dates
Referencing and using EndNote referencing software

Referencing advice and resource page on referencing styles, faculty-specific guidance, external resources, and EndNote and EndNote Online systems. Includes documents, guides and access to all software.

Everyone Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Online resource Ongoing
Research Data Management: from planning to publication

This workshop will provide an introductory overview of the importance of Research Data Management, and focus on the planning and publication stages of the research lifecycle.

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Workshop Click link for upcoming dates
Research English and Academic Literacy (REAL) 1 & 2

For 1st and 2nd year postgraduate researchers, this level of Research, English and Academic Literacy is structured in 3-week sessions that deal in-depth with relevant topics on REAL, such as Research & Annual Progress, or Presenting Work. Students can attend one or all sessions, and will sign up to a science or non-science track, according to their needs.

Getting going Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Taught course October - December 2019; February - May 2020
Research English and Academic Literacy (REAL) 3 & 4

For 3rd and 4th year postgraduate researchers, this level of Research, English and Academic Literacy is structured in 3-week sessions that deal in-depth with relevant topics on REAL, such as the Literature Review or Writing Abstracts. Students can attend one or all sessions, and will sign up to a science or non-science track, according to their needs.

Maintaining momentum Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Taught course October - December 2019; February - May 2020
Research data bootcamp: online tutorial

This tutorial offers an elementary introduction to the key facets of research data management, including the safe storage of data, documenting data appropriately, deciding which parts of your data are important, providing access to data where appropriate and ensuring long-term data survival.

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
Researcher development online tutorials: Careers beyond academia

For many early career researchers a career in academic is perceived to be the obvious career pathway; many doctoral students, however, are unaware of how highly prized their skills and expertise are by a range of employers beyond academia. In this module you will be encouraged to broaden your horizons in terms of career choices and you will gain practical tips that will help you secure your ideal job.

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Online resource (via Blackboard) Ongoing
Researcher development online tutorials: Careers in academia

This module is designed for early career researchers who are interested in pursuing a career in academia. This module will help you recognise typical career routes and roles available in academia, identify professional development needs, recognise the essential elements that can help you develop your research and teaching profile, and develop a career management toolkit.

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Online resource (via Blackboard) Ongoing
Researcher development online tutorials: Getting the most out of conferences

This module will give you practical guidance on how to make preparations for the delivery of your conference paper, how to deliver your paper effectively, and how to maximise the benefits of your conference experience.

Maintaining momentum Promoting your research;Show all Promoting your research Online resource (via Blackboard) Ongoing
Researcher development online tutorials: Managing your research project

This module is designed to help you plan your research project and provides pragmatic advice on topics such as structuring the research, identifying stakeholders and risks, and how to identify and accomplish tasks.

Getting going Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Online resource (via Blackboard) Ongoing
Researcher development online tutorials: Preparing for your viva

This module is designed for research degree students in order to demystify the purpose and process of the viva examination. It offers practical advice on how to prepare for your viva and gives an insight into what happens during the viva examination itself.

To the finish line and beyond Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Online resource (via Blackboard) Ongoing
Researcher development online tutorials: Research ethics and governance This course presents an overview and guide to research ethics. It aims to help you develop and apply an intellectual framework that will enable you to identify and analyse ethical situations. Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource (via Blackboard) Ongoing
Researcher development online tutorials: Reviewing, managing and using literature

This module provides an overview of why you should undertake a review of literature, offers a guide to the process of reviewing literature, and the importance of managing the associated information. It will also highlight aspects of copyright and plagiarism and suggest avenues of where to go for further help and guidance.

Getting going Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Online resource Ongoing
Researcher development online tutorials: Writing papers for publication

This module is designed to maximise the chances of success of publication for early career researchers writing academic papers.

To the finish line and beyond Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Online resource Ongoing
Self-Esteem group

This group provides a safe, confidential space to explore our relationship to ourselves and how we might make changes in our lives which help us to grow in confidence, self-belief and self-worth, enabling us to feel more content, happy and fulfilled in ourselves. Advanced booking essential.

Everyone Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Personal development and wellbeing Group Ongoing
Sensitive research data bootcamp: online tutorial

This tutorial offers an elementary introduction to the key facets of sensitive research data, whic you through some of the issues associated with handling sensitive research data and providh carries many more issues and complications than other types of research data. It will guidee information on methods to enable secure data sharing.

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
Starting to Teach - Lab demonstrating

The purpose of this one day 'Starting to Teach' induction session is to set a foundation for teaching students at the University of Bristol and supporting their learning. It is designed for postgraduate students who have teaching duties as part of their role, but who have little or no experience of teaching in higher education.

Maintaining momentum Teaching;Show all Teaching Workshop 23 September 2019; 27 September 2019; 1 October 2019; 3 October 2019; 28 January 2020; 30 January 2020
Starting to Teach - Small group teaching

The purpose of this mandatory one-day 'Starting to Teach' induction session is to set a foundation for teaching students at the University of Bristol and supporting their learning. It is designed for postgraduate students who have teaching duties as part of their role, but who have little or no experience of teaching in higher education.

Maintaining momentum Teaching;Show all Teaching Workshop 24 September 2019; 25 September 2019; 26 September 2019; 30 September 2019; 2 October 2019; 4 October 2019; 27 January 2020; 29 January 2020; 31 January 2020
Statistics clinic

The Institute for Statistical Science runs a free, drop-in statistics clinic. Statistical researchers provide instant, expert advice on statistical modelling and analysis for your research, including computing and visualisation. You can also discuss potential academic collaborations and joint projects. All queries are dealt with within the fortnightly sessions. Visit the website for detailed information on when the clinic runs.

Everyone Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Drop-in clinic Fortnightly, every Wednesday
Well-being in Academia

PGRs represent a high-risk population with regards to mental health issues. This workshop explores the evidence, essential strategies, and practical advice to improving your well-being.

Everyone Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Personal development and wellbeing Workshop 18 March 2020
Synchronous online teaching with Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is an interactive web conferencing tool available for staff and students. This hands on workshop will help you set up online spaces, timed sessions and use interactive tools with remote users and external guests. Collaborate can help you take teaching beyond the classroom.

Everyone Teaching;Show all Teaching Workshop Click link for upcoming dates
TA talks - Doctoral Teacher peer-group: with BILT

Would you like the opportunity to network with and learn from your peers? Would you like to learn more about the development opportunities and support on offer through the university? Then you should come along to our TA Talks series! For this session the Bristol Institute for Learning and Teaching (BILT) will be bringing along a number of early career academics who can talk about how their own teaching experience influenced their research and career pathways.

Everyone Teaching;Show all Teaching Discussion group TBC
TA talks - Doctoral Teacher peer-group: with Digital Education Office

Would you like the opportunity to network with and learn from your peers? Would you like to learn more about the development opportunities and support on offer through the university? Then you should come along to our TA Talks series! This session invites colleagues from the Digital Education Office to provide advice and guidance on using technology to the best advantage in teaching.

Everyone Teaching;Show all Teaching Discussion group TBC
Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) essentials

This course will provide you with an overview of technology enhanced learning and assessment practice.

Everyone Teaching;Show all Teaching Online resource Ongoing
The Brilliant Club information session

Are you a Doctoral student or Postdoc looking for meaningful, paid teaching opportunities? Come and grab a free coffee at this lunchtime introductory session and find out why a growing number of Bristol PGRs are signing up to be a Brilliant Club tutor! The Brilliant Club is a charity that seeks to increase access to highly selective universities by placing researchers in non-selective state schools, where they deliver a course of tutorials designed around their own, original research.

Maintaining momentum Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session 27 November 2019
The Engineering and Tech Exhibition

The Engineering and Tech Exhibition is a big and exciting fair with loads of employers, large and small that want to talk to you! Find out about new developments in the sector and how researchers can stand out. With talks running throughout the day and specific PGR talks available, this is your chance to meet professionals, talk about your research and find out what opportunities are available and open to you! 

Everyone Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Careers fair 9 October 2019; 10 October 2019
The Law Exhibition

The Law Exhibition runs over two days with different employers at both days, from magic circle firms to small local solicitors. If you have considered a career in Law, this is an essential event for you! Keynote speakers will be covering commercial awareness, application advice, areas of practice you may not have considered and more. Use this fair to find out how researchers are a valuable asset to the Law sector and discover opportunities you may not have considered.

Everyone Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Careers fair 3 October 2019; 10 October 2019
Thesis Boot Camp

Thesis Boot Camp is an intensive and supportive writing environment for late-stage doctoral researchers. The idea is to give you the necessary time, space, and encouragement to make significant progress on your first draft.

To the finish line and beyond Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Workshop 15-17 November 2019; 27 - 29 May 2020
Thesis mapping - planning the PhD in its entirety

Are you half way through your research degree and beginning to wonder how you will ever collect your ideas into a thesis? This workshop examines the purpose of a thesis and presents a structured approach to planning the document.

Maintaining momentum Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Workshop 25 October 2019; 27 February 2020; 29 April 2020
Transitioning into work after your PhD

If you're thinking about what comes next after your PhD this talk will help you get your CV and applications ready and prepare for interview, both within and beyond academia. In this talk we will discuss what employers are looking for in a CV and application. You will be asked to bring a copy of your CV and will receive peer feedback. We will cover basic interview preparation and spend time practising with some mock interviews.

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Workshop 6 December 2019
Understanding ourselves for postgraduates group

This small group offers a shared counselling space to talk with other postgraduates about life and concerns, and to learn from one another. Common themes include stress, depression, anxiety, academia, family, and relationships. Attendance is required at all sessions.

Everyone Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Personal development and wellbeing Group Ongoing
Version control using Git

Git is a version control system that allows you to save multiple versions of a file or directory. This is useful to allow you to keep a record of all changes made to a file, and to move backwards and forwards in time through different versions of your file - the ultimate backup system. This short course will provide you with a quick taste of Git, with examples and exercises you can work through at your own pace.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Video in teaching and learning

This workshop will introduce you to the educational application of media, for example providing content prior to a lecture, clarification post lecture or feedback. It will take you through the planning, design, production and evaluation of media rich resources. The workshop will include a hands on session where you can use the Mediasite Desktop recorder to create and publish content.

Everyone Teaching;Show all Teaching Workshop Click link for upcoming dates
Viva survivor

This workshop aims to help postgraduate researchers be well prepared for the viva by demystifying the process, providing insights on how to prepare, and empowering participants to approach their viva with confidence.

To the finish line and beyond Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Workshop 17 October 2019; 13 March 2020
Walk and talk group

Meet new people in a low pressure environment, whilst also enjoying the benefits of getting outside and walking. Meeting to walk and talk together helps prevent isolation, increase motivation and maintain wellbeing. Advanced booking essential.

Everyone Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Personal development and wellbeing Group Ongoing
Writers' retreat

The Writers' Retreats give postgraduate research students from all faculties the opportunity to devote a whole day to writing in a quiet, structured and supportive atmosphere.

To the finish line and beyond Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Workshop 1 November 2019; 28 November 2019; 16 January 2020; 18 February 2020; 31 March 2020; 20 April 2020; 20 May 2020; 11 June 2020; 15 July 2020; 4 August 2020
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