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Lancaster University

Background to Research Training

Research Training in the FST Graduate School has been developed around the guidelines supplied by Vitae and included in their Researcher Development Framework.

Our training is intended to allow you to learn new skills, as well as to learn from the experiences of other Postgraduate Research students in the faculty.

What courses are available?

We have a range of courses available to cover all aspects of the Research Development Framework.

FST’s Research Training activities for 2017/18 can be found at: http://lancaster-uk.libcal.com/calendar/FSTResearchTraining

Information can also be found on the Graduate School webpages: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/sci-tech/postgraduate/graduate-school/

Courses are arranged around three key areas of:

  • Managing Your Research
  • Research Skills and Techniques
  • Writing, Communicating and Networking Skills

The  training programme is largely similar to last year, with a coaching element run  by Will Medd being complimented by generic skills based sessions. A summary of  each of the training sessions can be found in the document at: https://lancaster.box.com/s/3py4x9mbm668icjxdebjb3e6ikex01r9

Registrations will be managed using LibCal, and we’ll advertise the sessions to PGRs two weeks before they take place. Where a session requires a one day commitment, we’ll advertise it four weeks before the session takes place. Messages advertising research training sessions will be sent to the student’s Lancaster email address. This message will contain a link to the registration page for a particular session.

Induction sessions: We will be holding two induction sessions for PGRs this year, at which we’ll present the programme of research training in more detail. The induction events will be held on:

Wednesday October 11th, at 10:00 for PGR in years 2 and 3: http://lancaster-uk.libcal.com/event/3291542

Wednesday October 25th, at 10:00 for PGR entering year 1: http://lancaster-uk.libcal.com/event/3279168

Other training on offer across Lancaster:

Maths and Stats will continue to offer their programme of short courses during 17/18, there is now a comprehensive programme of digital skills courses offered by ISS, a number of events organised by the Library and access to research training across Lancaster’s other three faculties (FASS, LUMS and FHM). Links to the relevant information can be found below:

Maths and Stats short courses: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/maths/postgraduate/short-courses/

Digital Skills: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/learning-skills/digital-skills/#introduction

Library sessions: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/library/information-for/researchers/ and http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/learning-skills/

Research training in other faculties: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-research-training/

We also encourage participation at conferences and other events, which can be included in your accumulation of training credits.

Please note that courses listed above are indicative of what is on offer now (October 2017), new courses may be added throughout the year. All details of courses will be sent out to your Lancaster University email address.

How do I sign up?
  1. Log on to your student portal
  2. Select event sign up
  3. Select the module you want to sign up to
  4. This will open a further page where you can select the specific session you would like to attend

All courses available to PGR students will be shown in your Student Portal regardless of whether you have signed up to an event for that module or not. Please remember to sign up for a session if you would like to attend or otherwise ignore them, even if your record indicates that they may be compulsory. Events you do not attend will be removed from your record as the year progresses.

If you sign up for a particular training session we expect you to make every effort to attend. If you are unable to attend, please email the Graduate School one week before the session takes place. Waiting lists are often in operation for these courses, and if you do not turn up you may deprive another student of the chance to attend.