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Doctoral College

Faculty of Medicine training

As a student in the Faculty of Medicine, you will have access to a range of training in both technical and professional skills. At a wider University level, the Doctoral College coordinates a wide portfolio of workshops supporting all aspects of your development as researcher.

You are strongly encouraged to engage with training and development opportunities throughout your time in Southampton in order to maximise your potential moving into your chosen career.

Academic Needs Analysis

One of your first tasks as a student will be to complete your academic needs assessment (ANA). As part of your ANA, you will need to review your competency in a number of research-related skills (ranging from critically appraising a paper through to understanding your potential career path).

You should take this opportunity to reflect on your knowledge and discuss with your supervisors any areas you need to prioritise in order to get started with your project. As you progress through your project your training needs will change, so you should review your ANA at each of your progression reviews to help you stay track.

Faculty of Medicine Training

The training offered within the Faculty is in place to support your development as an independent researcher. For students at the beginning of their programmes, we offer a comprehensive induction programme which aims to give you all of the information to help get you started.

There are two parts to this induction programme. The first part of this (running in October) covers essential Faculty and project-related information and some key skills you will need in the early stages of your project. The second part (which runs in January) builds on this and includes discussion of core techniques alongside more generic professional skills.

For more established students, we offer a range of workshops which aim to support you with each of your progression reviews and submission of your thesis. As a research student in the Faculty, you will also be able to access our transferable skills programme which is run in conjunction with the Faculty Postdoc Association.

Details of the Faculty training programme 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 2021/22 must complete the following by the time they undertake their Academic Needs Analysis:

Please note that you'll need to be logged into your Office 365 account in order to access the mandatory training page, which is hosted on the PGR Development Hub SharePoint site.

Online training on data management will be provided by the Library and should be completed by all doctoral researchers commencing their studies in 2021/22 by the time of their first formal progression review.

Doctoral College PGR training courses

The Doctoral College supports a wide-ranging programme of workshops and events for research students across the University. These range from short talks through to the annual Festival of Doctoral Research. Details of all of the Doctoral College training can be found here.

Teaching and Demonstrating

If you have the opportunity to undertake any formal teaching or demonstrating during your course, you must receive training before starting. The details of the mandatory training required can be found here.

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