Researcher Development

DoctoralSkills programme for 2017-18

We offer a comprehensive range of free skills development opportunities, helping you get the most out of your doctorate and to enhance your future career prospects. Many of these skills are transferable and will enhance your employability both within and outside academia. The programme covers:

  • managing yourself and your doctorate
  • information seeking and literacy skills
  • research management and ethics
  • data handling and analysis
  • writing your thesis
  • engaging others in your research
  • managing your career development

The DoctoralSkills Programme is delivered by a range of specialist university professionals and external trainers and aligned to the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) developed by Vitae.

We also have a range of online training resources available for students not able to attend face to face sessions.

To help you plan your development we have produced a training handbook for doctoral students.

Vitae is the global leader in supporting the professional development of researchers. The Vitae website has a wealth of resources and advice tailored specifically to you as a researcher, whether your ambition is to stay within or move outside academia. Register with your Bath email address to get full access to resources.

Contact doctoralskills@bath.ac.uk for more information

Booking a place on a workshop and waiting lists

All of our workshops are offered on a first come - first served basis. If you try and book a place on a workshop which is full you will be automatically allocated a place on a waiting list. If a place subsequently becomes available all students on the waiting list will be notified, with the place filled on a first come first served basis.

DoctoralSkills workshop dates

This is our current DoctoralSkills programme. We hope to add more sessions over the academic year, so please revisit this list for new worskhops.

April 2018

23/04/2018   12:15-13:05   Introduction to PURE
24/04/2018   10:00-11:30   Excel: Basic Concepts
25/04/2018   13:30-16:45   Planning and writing your doctoral thesis: for engineering and design
26/04/2018   09:30-12:45   Planning and writing a thesis: for the social sciences

May 2018

02/05/2018 09:30-12:30 Staying motivated during your doctorate
02/05/2018 10:15-12:05 Preparing for PhD confirmation: for doctoral students in the social sciences
02/05/2018 13:30-16:30 Imposter syndrome
03/05/2018 13:15-14:05 Applying for jobs in academia (webinar)
08/05/2018 09:30-12:30 Managing your research project
08/05/2018 13:30-16:30 Creative thinking and problem solving
09/05/2018 09:30-12:30 Building confidence and assertiveness
09/05/2018 14:00-17:00 Surviving your doctorate
10/05/2018 09:30-12:45 How best to read a research paper: for science
10/05/2018 10:00-12:00 Excel: Creating Charts
10/05/2018 10:15-12:15 Research data management: archiving and sharing
10/05/2018 13:30-16:30 Designing a creative public engagement activity
11/05/2018 10:15-11:05 Introduction to research data management 
14/05/2018 14:00-16:00 Introduction to EndNote X7
16/05/2018 13:30-16:45 How best to read a research paper: for engineering and design
17/05/2018 13:15-14:05 Job hunting and networking (webinar)
18/05/2018 10:15-12:05 Research data managment: planning
23/05/2018 13:30-16:45 How best to read a research paper: for social sciences
24/05/2018 10:15-12:05 Research data management: sensitive data
30/05/2018 12:15-14:05 Questionnaire design, development and validity of a new measure

June 2018

04/06/2018   10:00-12:00   Introduction to EndNote X7
05/06/2018   10:15-17:05   Introduction to Nvivo 11
05/06/2018   13:30-16:45   Thinking critically and writing critically: for engineering and design
06/06/2018   10:00-12:00   Excel: advanced
06/06/2018   10:15-12:30   Preparing for your viva
06/06/2018   13:15-14:30   Applying for jobs outside academia (webinar)
07/06/2018   13:30-16:45   Thinking critically and writing critically: for science 
12/06/2018   10:00-13:00   How to give a good presentation
12/06/2018   13:30-16:45   Thinking critically and writing critically: for the social sciences
12/06/2018   14:00-17:00   Being a more effective networker
13/06/2018   10:15-12:05   Research data managment: planning
14/06/2018   13:30-16:45   How to write a research paper: for the sciences
19/06/2018   13:30-16:45   Planning and writing your doctoral thesis: for the sciences
21/06/2018   10:00-13:00   Managing your research project
21/06/2018   14:00-17:00   Creative thinking and problem solving
22/06/2018   10:00-12:30   Word: Managing large documents
25/06/2018   10:00-12:00   Introduction to EndNote X7

July 2018

03/07/2018   12:15-13:05   Introduction to PURE
09/07/2018   10:15-11:05   Introduction to research data management