Skills development

We adopt a broad approach to developing your skills which extends beyond offering formal research training modules.

Skills audit

The skills audit is designed to help you plan your personal and professional development as you follow your research degree. The audit helps you review your current skills and plan for your future requirements

Researcher Development Programme (RDP)

This Univeristy-wide innovative programme comprises an extensive portfolio of workshops, run across the campuses in Exeter and Cornwall, which all research students are eligible to attend. With well over 50 different sessions on offer, and most repeated throughout the year, there is something for everyone. Example workshops include:

  • Creative Thinking and Problem Solving in Research
  • Project and Time Managing your PhD
  • Overcoming Overload – Rapid Reading in Research
  • Finding and Using Archives in Research
  • Making the Most of Your Supervisor
  • Tackling a PhD Literature Review
  • An Introduction to Electronic Journals
  • Doing a PhD in the UK – A Special Workshop for International Students
  • Preparing for Your Viva
  • Academic Writing at PhD Level
  • Giving a Conference Paper
  • Interview Skills for Academic and Non-Academic Jobs
  • Writing for Publication in Research

There are also a series of e-learning modules designed to support skills development for early career researchers who are unable to attend workshops.