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Our training and development team is here to help and advise you in supporting your research students.

We run a development service which consists of a suite of workshops for academic staff at the university. This is an annual programme based on Vitae’s Researcher Developer Framework. Through our supportive environment, we aim to enhance the knowledge and skills of experienced research-active colleagues and harness the talents of our recently qualified academics.

Developing your students

Our university offers a range of resources to help you support and develop your postgraduate research students, from enrolment through to graduation.
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The Research Training Programme (RTP) features a range of workshops and seminars to help postgraduate research students to become competent researchers in their chosen disciplines. It also helps them to develop transferable skills to broaden their career options.

The RTP is compulsory for full-time and part-time students studying for a Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a professional doctorate, whether studying on or off campus. For those studying for a Masters by Research (MRes) degree, the RTP is not compulsory. However, MRes students are able to access all the resources to support their studies.

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MyBeckett is the university’s portal to online learning. Here, students are able to access their email accounts, personal storage area and the RTP module where they will find workshop materials and announcements (such as calls for papers, conferences and external training opportunities).

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SAM is where students can view, and book onto, the RTP workshops.

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Epiguem’s Research Skills Master Programme is an online training resource for students and is accessible via the RTP module in MyBeckett.

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Our university subscribes to Vitae, an online provider of professional development and careers information, advice and resources for higher education institutions and researchers. This resource is available to all our staff and students. To access the resources, you should register with Vitae using your university email address.

Students and staff can access Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework – a tool to plan, promote and support the personal, professional and career development of researchers in the UK.

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The Leeds Beckett University Postgraduate Research Society is run by students for students – giving postgraduate research students a space to connect and share their experiences. The society works closely with The Graduate School as a means of gaining valuable feedback.

Students are encouraged to get involved in the society through social gatherings, events, and presenting their research at an annual symposium.

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