Personal and professional development (PPD)

The University of Bristol offers a comprehensive Personal and Professional Development (PPD) programme that is open to postgraduate researchers from any discipline.

The programme offers workshops, seminars, discussion groups and on-demand resources to help you gain skills and competences in areas such as personal effectiveness, research governance, and communicationThe opportunities available allow you to get the most out of your time at Bristol, to become an outstanding researcher, and to prepare you for your chosen career. Participating in the programme will also help you to connect with postgraduate researchers from across the university and allow you to learn from the wider academic community.

Personal and Professional Development course directory

Search through our directory of free workshops, seminars and online resources and book your place today.

On-demand resources

Visit the Bristol Doctoral College Sharepoint site to access on-demand personal and professional development resources on areas such as research management, academic publishing and thesis mapping.

PPD planning in myPGR

In addition to booking a place to attend training events and accessing your training record, myPGR hosts resources and self-assessment templates to help you take a structured approach to assessing your needs and planning your development 


The Bristol Doctoral College Thesis Writing and Project Management for Researchers courses gave me the tools to understand how to develop my skills.

PRES 2021 student feedback

The Bristol Doctoral College’s online activities, such as Writers’ Retreats, have been crucial for improving my writing skills and maintain a good work rhythm during the pandemic.

PRES 2021 student feedback
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