Researcher Development

Supporting doctoral students

Identifying training needs

  • you are expected to discuss the training needs of your research students on at least an annual basis
  • conduct a training needs analysis (TNA) - you may find it helpful to use the Researcher Development Framework to identify development opportunities
  • students should be encouraged to develop a personal development plan (PDP) detailing their training and development needs and identifying opportunities to meet them
  • we have produced a training handbook for doctoral students which you may find useful in discussions about wider skills development
  • students should consider their longer term career aspirations and be made aware of the range of career opportunities available to them after completing their doctorate
  • the lead supervisor is responsible for bringing to the student’s attention appropriate training opportunities available at the University of Bath and, where appropriate, outside of the University of Bath

PGSkills researcher development programme

The Researcher Development Unit offers a programme of generic skills development workshops (PGSkills) which students can access free of charge. The programme is benchmarked to the Researcher Development Framework.

Students are encouraged to engage with the programme to demonstrate a commitment to professional development.

Other development opportunities

Research students may want to consider the following activities to develop their wider transferable skills.

  • teaching activities
  • supervising project students
  • drafting abstracts and manuscripts for conferences and research journals
  • attending conferences and networking with other researchers
  • getting involved with student representation and University committees
  • exploring opportunities for commercialising research
  • collaborating with researchers from other disciplines or institutions
  • developing IT skills
  • talking to careers service
  • attending courses delivered by the Academic Skills Centre (ASC)
  • developing literacy and information searching skills by consulting their departmental librarian
  • understanding more about the impact of their research and being able to evidence it
  • learning another language (Foreign Language Centre)