Training courses

In any career path employers will be looking for individuals with a wide range of skills. We offer Birmingham postgraduate researchers a range of workshops, events and resources to support you in your personal development and career management.

The Researcher Development Framework

We have arranged the resources available in line with Vitae's Researcher Development Framework (RDF). For more information about the RDF see:

The RDF articulates the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers and encourages them to aspire to excellence through achieving higher levels of development.

Postgraduate researcher pathways

It can be difficult to identify what activities are most suitable at each stage of your development pathway. In conjunction with the Development Needs Analysis process, our pathways document allows you to identify suitable training whether you are at the beginning, in the middle or coming to the end of your research programme:

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Research Development Framework - Engagement, influence and impact logo

Engagement, influence and impact (EII) 

This domain relates to the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage with, influence and impact on the academic, social, cultural, economic and broader context.  

Web training: EII
Course titleEIIKIARGOPE
Core skills: Note taking    
Clubs and Societies   
Digital and technology skills  
Enterprise Summer School
Keeping going and getting unstuck  
Getting published in the arts (online course)   
Getting published in the sciences (online course)  
Managing your research project (online)    
Part-time researcher finishing workshop  
Poster design using PowerPoint  
Presentation skills: an introduction      
Public engagement    
Raising your research profile    
Selecting a conference, presenting and networking (online course)    
Shut up and write!      
Talent pool      
UNIX and research computer services     
Viva preparation (online)
Writing clearly and concisely    
Writing skills 1: Starting to write for your PhD  ✔
Writing skills 2: Structuring your thesis  ✔
Writing skills 3: Editing and revising  ✔

Writing Summer School
Research Development Framework - Knowledge and intellectual abilities logo

Knowledge and intellectual abilities (KIA)

This domain relates to the knowledge and intellectual abilities needed to be able to carry out excellent research.

Web training: KIA
Course titleEIIKIARGOPE
Core skills: Note taking    
Core skills : Speed reading     
Digital and technology skills  
Doctoral Researcher essentials (online course)  
Endnote     ✔

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Enterprise Summer school
Getting published in the arts (online course)  
Getting published in the sciences (online course)  
Induction workshop - Let's Get Started  
Intellectual property in the research context (online course)     
Keeping going and getting unstuck  
Library Courses    
Managing your research supervisor and principal investigator (online course)  
MATLAB       
MS Access 2010: forms     
MS Access 2010: queries     
MS Access 2010: tables     
MS PowerPoint 2010 advanced    
Parallel programming for BEAR users    
Poster design using Powerpoint    
Poster presentations: planning the content    

Reference Manager conversion course

   
Research methods in arts and humanities (online course)     
Research methods in literature review (online course)    
Research methods in the sciences (online course)    
Research methods in the social sciences (online course)    
Thesis presentation and reference management (online course)    
Tracing theses and current research (online course)      
UNIX course    
Viva preparation (online)
Writing clearly and concisely  ✔  ✔    ✔
Writing Skills 1: starting to write for your PhD
Writing Skills 2: structuring your thesis
Writing Skills 3: editing and revising
Writing Summer School 
Research Development Framework - Research governance and organisation

Research, governance and organisation (RGO)

This domain relates to the knowledge of the standards, requirements and professional conduct that are needed for the effective management of research.

Web training: RGO
Course titleEIIKIARGOPE
Clubs and societies   
Copyright for postgraduate researchers (online course)      

Core skills: Note taking

 
Doctoral Researcher essentials (online course)  
Ethics 1: Good research practice (online course)       
Ethics 2: Working with human subjects (online course)       
Endnote  
Enterprise summer school  ✔
Getting published in the arts (online course)  
Getting published in the sciences (online course)  
Induction workshop - Let's Get Started  
Intellectual property in the research context (online course)     
Introduction to research data management (online course)    
Managing your research project (online)     
Managing your research supervisor and principal investigator (online course)    ✔
Part-time researcher finishing workshop  
Poster presentations: planning the content    
Poster design using PowerPoint  
Raising your Research Profile    
Reference Manager conversion course    
Research methods in arts and humanities (online course)     
Research methods in literature review (online course)     
Research methods in the sciences (online course)     
Research methods in the social sciences (online courses)     
Viva preparation (online)
Writing skills 1:Starting to write for your PhD  
Writing skills 2:Structuring your thesis  
Writing skills 3: Editing and revising  
Writing Summer School 
Research Development Framework - Personal effectiveness logo

Personal effectiveness (PE)

This domain contains the personal qualities, career and self-management skills required to take ownership for and engage in professional development.

     
Web training: PE
Course titleEIIKIARGOPE
Career planning in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (online course)       
Career planning in the Sciences (online course)       
Clubs and Societies   
Core skills : Time management      
Core skills : Speed reading     
Digital and technology skills  ✔  ✔  
Doctoral Researcher essentials (online course)  
Endnote  
Enterprise Summer school
Induction workshop - Let's Get Started  
Introduction to research data management (online course)    
Keeping going and getting unstuck  
Library Courses    
Managing your research project (online course) 
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Managing your research supervisor and principal investigator (online course)  
MS Access 2010: Relational Databases     ✔ 
MS Access 2010: forms     
MS Access 2010: queries    
MS Access 2010: reports    
MS Access 2010: tables    
MS Access: all courses      
MS Powerpoint 2010: advanced     
Parallel programming for BEAR users    
Part-time researcher finishing workshop  
Part-time researcher workshop      
Poster designing using PowerPoint  
Public engagement    
Selecting a conference, presenting and networking (online course)    
Teaching and learning in higher education for doctoral researchers: an introduction      
Teaching and learning in higher education for postgraduates: an introduction      
Thesis presentation and reference management (online course)
   
Viva preparation (online)
Volunteering for postgraduates      
Writing clearly and concisely  ✔  ✔    ✔
Writing skills 1: starting to write for your PhD  
Writing skills 2:Structuring your thesis  
Writing skills 3: Editing and revising  
Writing Summer School 

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Web training
Course titleEIIKIARGOPE
Career planning in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (online course)      
Career planning in the Sciences (online course)       
Clubs and societies   ✔    ✔
Copyright for postgraduate researchers (online course)      
Core Skills: Note-taking  
Core Skills: Speed reading    
Core Skills: Time management      
Digital and technology skills  
Doctoral Researcher essentials (online course)  
Endnote  
Enterprise Summer school
Ethics 1: Good research practice (online course)       
Ethics 2: Working with human subjects (online course)       
Getting published in the arts (online course)  
Getting published in the sciences (online course)  
Induction workshop - Let's Get Started  
Intellectual property in the research context (online course)    
Introduction to research data management (online course)    
Keeping going and getting unstuck  
Library Courses    
Managing your research project (online)  
Managing your research supervisor and principal investigator (online course)  
MATLAB      
MS Access 2010: forms     
MS Access 2010: queries     
MS Access 2010: reports    
MS Access 2010: tables    
MS Access 2010: The next level (online course)      
MS PowerPoint 2007: advanced    

Parallel programming for BEAR Users

   
Part-time researcher finishing workshop  
Part-time researcher workshop      
Poster design using Powerpoint    
Poster presentations: planning the content    
Presentation skills: an introduction  ✔      
Public engagement    
Raising your research profile    
Reference Manager conversion course    
Research methods in arts and humanities (online course)    
Research methods in literature review (online course)    
Research methods in the sciences (online course)    
Research methods in the social sciences (online course)    
Selecting a conference presenting and networking (online course)    
Speed reading    
Talent pool      
Teaching and learning in higher education for doctoral researchers: an introduction      
Teaching and learning in higher education for postgraduates: an introduction      
Thesis presentation and reference management (online course)
   
Time management      
Tracing theses and current research (online course)      
UNIX course    
Viva preparation (online)
Volunteering for postgraduates      
Writing clearly and concisely  ✔  ✔    ✔
Writing skills 1: Starting to write for your PhD  
Writing skills 2: Structuring your thesis  
Writing skills 3: Editing and revising  
Writing Summer School 

Researcher Development Framework (RDF) 

Click the image below for a larger version of the wheel. Further information on the four domains can be found in the drop down menu on this page.

Click on image for a larger version - Researcher Development Framework (RDF) wheel showing the four areas / themes used by Vitae. Further information on the four domains can be found in the drop down menu on this page.Researcher Development Framework (RDF) wheel showing the four areas / themes used by Vitae.

 

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