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The University of Southampton
Doctoral CollegePGR 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 2020/21 must complete the following by the time they undertake their Academic Needs Analysis:

Online training on data management will be provided by the Library and should be completed by all doctoral researchers commencing their studies in 2020/21 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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