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GRADskills Programme by RDF Domain

On the course booking system PDMS you can see a chronological list of all of the GRADskills workshops.  On this page the workshops are grouped according to the 12 sub-domains of the Researcher Development Framework (RDF), 3 to each of these top-level domains:

  • A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities
  • B: Personal effectiveness
  • C: Research governance and organisation
  • D: Engagement, influence and impact

This will make it easier for you to find workshops of particular interest, eg if your supervisor suggests that you should develop a particular skill such as presenting your research to the public (D3: Engagement and impact).  Included in these tables are Professional Skills Curriculum (PSC) workshops (noted in italics), which are open to all students (undergraduate and Masters students as well as PhDs).

In addition to looking up GRADskills workshops by RDF domain, we have also organised them into thematic “bundles” (eg Getting started, Dealing with my data), which tend to be more relevant at different stages of the doctorate.

Knowledge and intellectual abilities

The knowledge, intellectual abilities and techniques to do research.

Domain A

Knowledge Base (A1)

Academic writing workshops:

  • How to be your own best editor

  • Finalising your text: referencing and proof reading

  • Is my writing ‘academic’ enough?

  • The writing process: getting started

  • Writing a literature review (Arts and Science versions)

  • Writing well: coherence, structure and argumentation

  • Writing well: language and style

  • Beating writer's block

  • Writing abstracts

 

Bibliographic software workshops:

Microsoft Office workshops:CAPOD's IT Training Developer runs an extensive throughout the academic year, with multiple instances of each course.

Statistics workshops:

  • Applied Multivariate Analysis using R

  • Basic statistics using R

  • Experimental design and Analysis of Variance using R

  • Regression and curve fitting using R

  • Mixed Models (introductory) using R

Posters and graphical abstracts: How to present your science visually

Spectacular information and visualising data

Prezi: an introduction

E-thesis Submission: what you need to know

ggplot2 in R: An introduction to data visualisation (without losing the plot)

Making maps for complete beginners: An introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Advanced QGIS Workshop - title to be confirmed

Data visualisation with Tableau

Microsoft Word: Producing a thesis or dissertation

Cognitive Abilities (A2)

Applied Multivariate Analysis using R

Basic Statistics using R

Experimental design and Analysis of Variance using R

Mixed Models (introductory) using R

Regression and curve fitting using R

Creativity (A3)

We currently have no workshops in this sub-domain

Personal effectiveness

The personal qualities and approach to be an effective researcher.

Domain B

Personal Qualities (B1)

Being a reflection practitioner (Professional Skills Curriculum)

Building resilience for change (Professional Skills Curriculum)

Confidence, motivation and mindset: a closer look (Professional Skills Curriculum)

Asserting yourself and your ideas

Assertiveness skills: How to handle challenging conversations to achieve your goals

Self-Management (B2)

Effective time management (Professional Skills Curriculum: Applied)

Managing your research and working effectively with your supervisor (Arts)

Managing your research and working effectively with your supervisor (Sciences)

Postgraduate Researcher Essentials (all disciplines)

Preparing for your Viva

Rapid reading for academic success

Time management (Professional Skills Curriculum)

Getting and staying organised for success

Assertiveness Skills: How to handle challenging conversations to achieve your goals

Professional & Career Development (B3)

Assessment & academic misconduct (Arts): an introduction

Assessment & academic misconduct (Science): an introduction

Build a research website in under three hours

CVs and job applications: getting onto the short list

Interviewee skills: how to impress a panel

From PhD to postdoc: making the transition (Sciences)

Fundraising for your postdoc

Postgraduate Researcher Essentials (all disciplines)

Postgraduate Researcher Induction (all disciplines)

Preparing for your Viva

Tutoring & demonstrating in the Sciences: an introduction

Tutoring in the Arts: an introduction

Research governance and organisation

The knowledge of the standards, requirements and professionalism to do research.

Domain C

Professional Conduct (C1)

Assessment & academic misconduct (Arts): an introduction

Assessment & academic misconduct (Science): an introduction

Diversity in the Workplace - HE (online)

E-thesis submission: what you need to know

Publishing in the Arts and Social Sciences

Research data management (free online course)

Research data: How to store and effectively manage them

Getting your science research published: increasing your chances of success

Tutoring & demonstrating in the Sciences: an introduction

Tutoring in the Arts: an introduction

Student Mental Health Toolkit for postgraduates who teach

Copyright for teaching and research

Navigating peer review: challenges, responses & publishing

Pitch Perfect: public speaking, networking and engaging

Research Management (C2)

Conference planning for postgraduates

Managing your research and effectively with your supervisors (Arts)

Managing your research and effectively with your supervisors (Sciences)

Planning (Professional Skills Curriculum: Applied)

Research data management (free online course)

Research data: How to store and effectively manage them

Research data: Why, when and how to publish them

Research data underpinning theses: requirements and submission process

Finance, Funding & Resources (C3)

Finding funding during your PhD

Fundraising for your postdoc

Grant writing: writing for success

Engagement, influence and impact

The knowledge and skills to work with others and ensure the wider impact of research.

Domain D

Working with Others (D1)

Coaching (Professional Skills Curriculum)

Diversity in the Workplace – HE (online course)

Equality and Diversity Training (Professional Skills Curriculum)

Followership (Professional Skills Curriculum: Applied)

Managing your research and effectively with your supervisors (Arts)

Managing your research and effectively with your supervisors (Sciences)

Influencing skills (Professional Skills Curriculum)

Managing change (Professional Skills Curriculum)

Managing cross culturally (Professional Skills Curriculum)

Tutoring & demonstrating in the Sciences: an introduction

Tutoring in the Arts: an introduction

Practical public engagement

Asserting yourself and your ideas

Asertiveness Skills: How to handle challengeing conversations to achieve your goals

Leadership and teamwork for researchers

Online course on networking

PG Tutors/Demonstrators: networking lunch

Specific learning difficulties: their impact in a higher education setting

Student Mental Health Toolkit for postgraduates who teach

Communication and Dissemination (D2)

Academic writing workshops:

  • How to be your own best editor

  • Finalising your text: referencing and proof reading

  • Is my writing ‘academic’ enough?

  • The writing process: getting started

  • Writing a literature review (Arts and Science versions)

  • Writing well: coherence, structure and argumentation

  • Writing well: language and style

  • Beating writer's block

  • Writing abstracts

Bibliographic software workshops:

  • Endnote & Endnote Web: an introduction

  • Mendeley: an introduction

  • Refworks: an introduction

  • Which software to use?

Communication (Professional Skills Curriculum: Applied)

PG tutors/demonstrators: networking lunch

PG X-Change seminars

Poster design: a philosophy (Professional Skills Curriculum)

Presentation skills and public speaking (Professional Skills Curriculum)

Publishing in the Arts and Social Sciences

Getting your science research published: increasing your chances of success

Speaking to a large audience (Professional Skills Curriculum)

Spectacular information and visualising data

Speak up for success: Voice coaching for everyone

Writing in the workplace: writing for the web (Professional Skills Curriculum)

This is what I do: communicating research concisely

Grant writing: writing for success

Posters and graphical abstracts: How to present your science visually

Prezi: an introduction

Practical public engagement

Research data: Why, when and how to publish

Research data underpinning theses: requirements and submission process

ggplot2 in R: An introduction to data visualisation (without losing the plot)

Making maps for complete beginners: An introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Advanced QGIS workshop

Data visualisation with Tableau

Funny research: Bright Club stand-up comedy workshop

Making a movie on your device (Basic)

Making a movie on your device (Advanced)

Pitch perfect: public speaking, networking & engaging

Publish or perish: academic publishing in a nutshell

Navigating peer review: challenges, responses & publishing

Microsoft Word: Producing a thesis or dissertation

Engagement & Impact (D3)

Assessment & academic misconduct (Arts): an introduction

Assessment & academic misconduct (Science): an introduction

Being enterprising (Professional Skills Curriculum)

Build a research website in under three hours

Conference planning for postgraduates

Funny research: Bright Club stand-up comedy workshop

How to engage others (Professional Skills Curriculum)

This is what I do: communicating research concisely

Tutoring & demonstrating in the Sciences: an introduction

Tutoring in the Arts: an introduction

Knowledge Transfer: an introduction

Practical public engagement

Making a movie on your device (Basic)

Making a movie on your device (Advanced)

PG Tutors/Demonstrators: networking lunch

Specific learning difficulties: their impact in a higher education setting

CAPOD

Contact

Dr Heather McKiggan-Fee
Educational & PGR Developer
CAPOD
T: (01334) 462334
E: hcm@st-andrews.ac.uk

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