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Training and Careers

Training opportunities can be accessed from a range of sources which may include workshops, events and activities accessible through:

Training Needs Analysis

By the time you complete your PhD programme you should be a fully qualified researcher with an extensive set of  subject specific and more generic skills. Subject-specific training will be delivered within your Department, School or PhD programme. The BGRS is here to help you access the generic skills component of your training and to support your professional development.

To help you track your skills development, and to ensure that all key training areas are addressed you are asked to complete Training Needs Analysis.

The framework for analysing your training needs is the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) which has been established for use by doctoral students interested in pursuing an academic career or considering applying the skills developed during their PhD in another sector.

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BGRS Training

The Graduate Research School offers a series of generic skills training courses each year. These are open to all currently registered research students.

Examples of past training include:

  • How to make a success of your doctorate - all-day workshop for starting research students
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Networking at conferences
  • Surviving the viva, and beyond
  • How to apply for postdoctoral funding

To view upcoming courses and workshops, and to register a place, please visit the Graduate Research School workshop calendar.

In the period August-October each year, the Graduate Research School advertises internal internships opportunities open to research students.

Propose new training sessions

If you have suggestions for future training courses, or for modifications to existing workshops please submit a proposal using this BGRS Training Workshop Request form. Your suggestions will be used to inform future training provison at Birkbeck. This may take the form of updates to the format or number of training sessions already offered, or establishment of new workshops. However, please note that the BGRS will need to prioritise requests on the basis of demand for the training you suggest and its usefulness for identifiable groups of students at Birkbeck.

Training Needs Analysis

By the time you complete your PhD programme you should be a fully qualified researcher with an extensive set of  subject specific and more generic skills.

To help you track your skills development, and to ensure that all key training areas are addressed, you are asked to complete Training Needs Analysis.

The framework for analysing your training needs is the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) which has been established for use by doctoral students interested in pursuing an academic career or considering applying the skills developed during their PhD in another career.

You are asked to return the forms to the BGRS so we can make sure you have access to the training that you actually need. TNA forms received by the end of the Summer Term 2017 will be used to identify useful trends for training and workshops to be provided by the BGRS for the academic year 2017/18.

From October 2017 all research students will be expected to complete this form on an annual basis.

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Additional training opportunities

There is an Emergency First Aid at Work session taking place on 27 April, 09.30 - 17.00. This is a one-day course offered to staff to be trained as College First Aiders but PhD students are able to attend if there are places remaining. Please note this training is only provided for intended use at Birkbeck.

Careers and development