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GRADskills Programme

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GRADskills is a suite of workshops and activities designed specifically for research postgraduate students (i.e. PhD, MPhil), delivered by the Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development (CAPOD).

We aim to support the development of all research postgraduate students at the University of St Andrews, to improve their research capability and widen their employability inside and outside of academia.

Choosing and booking on workshops

You can request a place on any workshop using the University's online booking system: Personal Development Management System (PDMS).  Please note: GRADskills workshops only "go live" for booking in PDMS one month before they are due to run. You can sort the courses for the whole year chronologically or by category, and you can do a keyword search if you know the title of the workshop you are looking for.  (Search and sort are both near the top of the page.)

We have grouped the workshops into thematic bundles (eg Getting started, Dealing with my data, Writing and publishing, Finishing up) to help you find the most relevant workshops, eg if your supervisor suggests that you should develop a particular skill such as networking.  Each bundle tends to be more relevant at a particular stage of the doctorate (first year, mid-way, final year).

Alternatively, you might want to see which workshops we run for each particular sub-domain of the Researcher Development Framework (RDF), particularly if you use the RDF to structure your skills development discussions with your supervisor.

We have a certain number of licenses for Vitae's online RDF Planner, which you can use to identify strengths, action plan, review achievements and create a portfolio of evidence.  if you would like access to the Planner do not sign up via the Vitae website; instead please email to request a license.



Dr Heather McKiggan-Fee
Educational & PGR Developer
T: (01334) 462334

External links

- SuBiCat
(GRADskills contributes to the SuBiCat Marie Curie Initial Training Network)

- Sense About Science
(includes free download publications - making sense of ..., media, reviews & more)

- Vitae GRADschools
(develop skills that can be used in your current research & the next step of your career)

- FindAPostDoc