The Graduate School

Aberystwyth Researcher Programme

The AU Postgraduate Skills Training Programme offers a wide range of short training courses and other activities designed to help students develop the skills required to successfully complete their research degree and also to improve their future employability, whether within academia or outside it. The courses on offer are grouped according to skills identified in the Joint Skills Statement. The courses are free to all AU research students regardless of their source of funding.

Upcoming workshops:

Please note: more workshops will be added during the academic year. For the latest information, updates and new course information and dates, please continue to visit this page.

My Courses - Please click here for a record of the courses you are currently registered for and for all of the Postgraduate Skills Training Programme sessions you have attended. You can also request a Certificate of Attendance for any of the courses you have attended from this page. [Please note, you will need an active AU e-mail account].

Course Title Date Duration Venue Facilitator Year
Research Skills & Techniques
Team Working PGM2210, PGM2310 09-12-2021 12:10 - 13:10 Online
Twitter for Academic Purposes PGM2210, PGM2310 10-12-2021 11:10 - 12:10 Online
Patents PGM2310 24-01-2022 10:10 - 11:10 Online
What to Expect from your Viva PGM2310 24-01-2022 11:10 - 12:10 Online
Getting Research Funded PGM2310 26-01-2022 12:10 - 13:10 Online
Public Engagement PGM2210, PGM2310 02-02-2022 10:10 - 11:10 Online
Academic Blogging PGM2310 02-02-2022 11:10 - 12:10 Online
Getting Published (Sciences) PGM2310 04-02-2022 12:10 - 13:10 Online
LaTeX PGM2310 07-02-2022 09:10 - 12:10 Online
Excel 1 PGM2210, PGM2310 18-02-2022 16:10 - 18:10 Online
Excel 2 PGM2210, PGM2310 25-02-2022 16:10 - 18:10 Online
Research Management
Preparing for your Viva 09-12-2021 10:10 - 12:10 Online Office of Postgraduate Studies 2,3
New to Aber? Returning to research? Need a library refresh? PGM2210, PGM2310 19-01-2022 13:00 - 14:00 Online Information Services 1,2, 3
Keeping up to date in your research topic PGM2210, PGM2310 16-02-2022 13:00 - 14:00 Online Information Services 1,2, 3
Getting started with EndNote reference management PGM2210, PGM2310 16-03-2022 13:00 - 14:00 Online Information Services 1,2, 3
Preparing for your Viva 28-04-2022 10:10 - 12:10 Online Office of Postgraduate Studies 2,3
Preparing for your Viva 16-06-2022 14:10 - 16:10 Online Office of Postgraduate Studies 2,3
Personal Effectiveness
Know who you are 09-02-2022 09:30 - 13:00 Hugh Owen - E3 E-learning Training Room Staff Development 1,2,3
Personality Type Dynamics - beyond your 4 letter code 23-03-2022 09:30 - 13:00 Hugh Owen - E3 E-learning Training Room Staff Development 1,2,3
Stress, Resilience & your Personality 20-04-2022 09:30 - 13:00 Hugh Owen - E3 E-learning Training Room Staff Development 1,2,3

The identified year is for guidance only. You may choose any course at any time as appropriate for you. If you are a part-time student, then the equivalent year of study applies.

Courses are grouped under the most relevant Joint Skills Statement skills area, but some may pertain to other skills areas (for example 'Managing your Supervisor', as well as addressing Networking & Teamworking Skills is also relevant as a Research Management skill).

Individual Departments will be running the majority of courses covered by the Research Skills & Techniques and Research Environment headings. Please see your Departmental web pages or literature for further information. Other Research Skills Courses are run as part of the Research Training & Development programme.

Attendance at any of these courses will count towards the recommended 10 days a year of skills training for first year research postgraduates. An attendance certificate, to record professional development and for use as evidence in the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) process, can be provided if requested.

The courses are free for all AU research students. A £10 charge will however be incurred by any student failing to attend a course they have booked, unless cancellation has been made at least 24 working hours prior to the course start time.

For further details on the Postgraduate Skills Training Programme, please contact:

Dr Ian Archer
Skills Development Officer for Postgraduate & Postdoctoral Researchers
Centre for the Development of Staff & Academic Practice
E10 Hugh Owen Building
Penglais Campus
SY23 3DZ


Tel: 01970 621618