Research skills team principles

The Research Skills Team provides workshops, online resources and 1:1 appointments to support postgraduate research students, academic staff, research staff and research support staff to become more effective researchers.


  • We provide research skills training in a variety of formats to develop the effectiveness of research students and staff throughout their careers.
  • We work alongside PGR leads and colleagues in other professional services to embed skills development into the research lifecycle and career development offering.
  • The services we offer are developmental and inclusive.
  • We acknowledge the broad range of disciplines researched at the University of Birmingham and consequently adopt a coaching approach, encouraging researchers to develop transferable skills linked to career progression within and outside academia.

What we can offer

  • We enable PGR students, academics and staff to research effectively, through development of their:
    • Literature, data and other resource discovery skills
    • Reference management skills
    • Ability to curate their online identity
    • Publication strategies and use of social media
    • Knowledge of open access and research data management
    • We enable PGR students in particular to develop their skills in:
      • Writing
      • Preparing for thesis and viva activity
      • Networking and presenting
      • Working effectively with supervisors
      • We do this through:
        • Workshops open to all PGR students, academics and staff
        • Workshops aimed specifically at PGR students
        • Lectures or workshops embedded in existing programmes
        • Bookable individual appointments (These individual sessions will be provided on a limited offer of 4 sessions per student, per academic year)
        • Online training (particularly Canvas modules)

What we can’t offer

  • Proofreading services or quality judgements of work
  • Carrying out of complete systematic and other literature reviews
  • Advice on research methodologies
  • Support with non-bibliographic subject data retrieval, and data analysis


Professional Services