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The University of Southampton
Doctoral CollegePostgraduate Research Handbook

Training and Professional Development

The Doctoral College

The University of Southampton’s Doctoral College co-ordinates a range of skills training and personal development opportunities for doctoral researchers, designed to complement the training delivered at academic discipline level.

The training is organised within a number of themes which run through all stages of candidature, with a mix of compulsory and optional courses (online and face-to-face provision). Professional Development Programme information can be found here and courses are bookable through GradBook. 

Guidance on using GradBook can be found here.

Mandated University-Level Training

In addition, all new doctoral researchers must complete the following mandated training. Failure to complete successfully the mandated training below is a failure to meet the progression requirements and so will result in a failure to progress.

Postgraduate researchers commencing their studies in 2019/20 must complete the following by the time they undertake their Academic Needs Analysis:

In 2019/20, the following new course is being run from the Library. It will be available from January 2020 and should be completed by all doctoral researchers who commence their studies in 2019/20 and by the time of their first formal progression review.

Training for Teaching or Demonstrating

All research students who undertake teaching activities must adhere to the Research Students Who Teach: Policy and receive appropriate training which as a minimum, an initial general training course on teaching skills (currently Orientation to Teaching and Demonstrating Steps 1 & 2) must be completed before starting to teach/demonstrate. Details and booking instructions can be found here and attendance data will automatically upload from GradBook to PGR Tracker.

A module-specific annual induction for the relevant module(s) the research student is involved in must also be completed. Orientation to Teaching/Demonstrating Step 3 (or a discipline-based equivalent) must be completed within 12 months of starting to teach.

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