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
Preparing for your Viva PGM2310 31-01-2023 17:10 - 18:10 Online
Academic Blogging PGM2310 02-02-2023 13:10 - 14:10 Online
Getting Published (Sciences) PGM2310 02-02-2023 16:10 - 17:10 Online
Getting Research Funded PGM2310 06-02-2023 11:10 - 12:10 Online
Understanding yourself PGM2310/PGM2210 06-02-2023 12:10 - 15:10 Online
LaTeX PGM2310 07-02-2023 14:10 - 17:10 Online
Public Engagement PGM2210, PGM2310 09-02-2023 10:10 - 11:10 Online
What Editors Want PGM2210 10-02-2023 11:10 - 12:10 Online
Excel 1 PGM2210, PGM2310 13-02-2023 11:10 - 13:10 Physics Building - Room 1.49
What to Expect from your Viva PGM2210 13-02-2023 13:10 - 14:10 Online
Patents PGM2310 15-02-2023 09:10 - 10:10 Online
Excel 2 PGM2210, PGM2310 20-02-2023 11:10 - 13:10 Physics Building - Room 1.49
Using Mendeley (free) for reference management online PGM2210,2310 22-03-2023 13:00 - 14:00 Online
An introduction to Metrics and Altmetrics PGM2210,2310 29-03-2023 13:00 - 14:00 Online
Personal Effectiveness
Know who you are (in-person) 08-02-2023 09:30 - 13:00 Hugh Owen - E3 E-learning Training Room Staff Development 1,2,3
Communication Skills
Format and rules for 3MT 15-02-2023 14:10 - 15:10 - Staff Development 1,2,3
Presentation skills for 3MT 02-03-2023 11:10 - 13:10 - 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