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GRADskills Programme Thematic Bundles

On the online course booking system you can see a chronological list of all of the GRADskills workshops.  On this page the workshops are grouped into thematic bundles; each bundle tends to be more relevant at a particular stage of the doctorate (first year, mid-way, final year).  This will make it easier for you to find the workshops that are likely to be most helpful at the stage you are at, or ones that you are particularly interested in, eg if your supervisor suggests that you should develop a particular skill such as networking.

Please note: some bundles, such as Conferences & Networking or Microsoft Office, are “over-arching” in the sense of being relevant at all stages of the degree.  Also, the bundles aren’t mutually exclusive, so the same workshop might appear in more than one bundle.

Each workshop listed below has been mapped against the domains of the Researcher Development Framework (RDF).

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

You can also view the workshops organised by the RDF sub-domains.

Getting started

Title

RDF Domain

Postgraduate Researcher Induction (all disciplines)

B3

Postgraduate Researcher Essentials (all disciplines)

B2, B3

Asserting yourself and your ideas

B1, D1

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

B1, B2, D1

Managing your research and working effectively with your supervisor (Arts & Science versions)

B2, C2, D1

Research data: how to store and effectively manage them

C1, C2

Research data: why, when and how to publish them

C2, D2

Research data underpinning theses: requirements and submission process

C2, D2

Getting and staying organised for success

B2

Rapid reading for academic success - to be confirmed

B2

Bibliographic software (to manage references and format papers):

A1, D2

Is my writing 'academic' enough?

A1, D2

The writing process: getting started

A1, D2

Writing a literature review (Arts & Science versions)

A1, D2

Finding funding during your PhD

C3

Prezi: an introduction

A1, D2

Carrying out my research

Title

RDF Domain

Managing your research and working effectively with your supervisor (Arts & Science versions)

B2, C2, D1

Copyright for teaching and research - to be confirmed

C1

Grant writing: writing for success

C3, D2

Leadership and teamwork for researchers

D1

Rapid reading for academic success - to be confirmed

B2

Research data: how to store and effectively manage them

C1, C2

Research data: why, when and how to publish them

C2, D2

Research data underpinning theses: requirements and submission process

C2, D2

Practical public engagement

D1, D2, D3

Dealing with my data

Title

RDF Domain

Research data management (free online course)

C1, C2

Research data: how to store and effectively manage them

C1, C2

Research data: why, when and how to publish them

C2, D2

Research data underpinning theses: requirements and submission process

C2, D2

Statistics Workshops:

  • Basic statistics using R

  • Regression and curve fitting using R

  • Experimental design and analysis of variance using R

  • Mixed models (introductory) using R

  • Applied multivariate analysis using R

A1, A2

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

A1, D2

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

A1, D2

Advanced QGIS Workshop - title to be confirmed

A1, D2

Data visualisation with Tableau

A1, D2

Posters and graphical abstracts: How to present your science visually

A1, D2

Spectacular information and visualising data

A1, D2

Conferences, networking and public engagement

Title

RDF Domain

Build a research website in under three hours

B3, D3

Conference planning for postgraduates

C2, D3

Data visualisation with Tableau

A1, D2

Funny research: Bright Club stand-up comedy workshop

D2, D3

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

A1, D2

Making a movie on your device (Basic) - to be confirmed

D2, D3

Making a movie on your device (Advanced) - to be confirmed

D2, D3

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

A1, D2

Advanced QGIS Workshop - title to be confirmed

A1, D2

Online course on networking

D1

Pitch perfect: public speaking, networking & engaging

C1, D2

Practical public engagement

D1, D2, D3

Prezi: an introduction

A1, D2

Posters and graphical abstracts: How to present your science visually

A1, D2

Speak up for success: Voice coaching for everyone

D2

Spectacular information and visualising data

A1, D2

This is what I do: communicating research concisely

D2, D3

Writing and publishing (in various media)

Title

RDF Domain

Bibliographic software (to manage references and format papers):

A1, D2

Academic writing suite (particular workshops will be most suitable at different stages of your PhD):

  • The writing process: getting started

  • Is my writing 'academic' enough?

  • Writing a literature review (Arts & Science versions)

  • How to be your own best editor

  • Writing well: coherence, structure and argumentation

  • Writing well: language and style

  • Writing abstracts

  • Collaborative writing and publishing

  • Beating writers block

  • Academic writer - creative writer?

  • Writing freely: turning an idea into a blogpost

  • This is what I do: communicating research concisely

A1, D2

Publishing in the Arts and Social Sciences

C1, D2

Getting your science research published

C1, D2

Posters and graphical abstracts: How to present your science visually

A1, D2

Build a research website in under three hours

B3, D3

Making a movie on your device (Basic) - to be confirmed

D2, D3

Making a movie on your device (Advanced) - to be confirmed

D2, D3

Publish or perish: academic publishing in a nutshell

D2

Navigating peer review: challenges, responses & publishing

C1, D2

Teaching

Title

RDF Domain

Diversity in the Workplace - HE (online)

C1, D1

Tutoring & Demonstrating in the Sciences: An introduction

B3, C1, D1, D3

Tutoring in the Arts: An introduction

B3, C1, D1, D3

Assessment & Academic Misconduct (Arts): An introduction

B3, C1, D3

Assessment & Academic Misconduct (Science): An introduction

B3, C1, D3

PG Tutors/Demonstrators: networking lunch

D1, D3

Copyright for teaching and research - to be confirmed

C1

Specific learning difficulties: their impact in a higher education setting

D1, D3

Student Mental Health Toolkit for postgraduates who teach

C1, D1

Finishing up: what's next?

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

B2

CVs and job applications: getting onto the short list

B3

Digital outputs underpinning theses: requirements and submission process

C2, D2

E-thesis submission: what you need to know - to be confirmed

A1, C1

From PhD to postdoc: making the transition (Sciences)

B3

Fundraising for your postdoc

B3, C3

Grant writing: writing for success

C3, D2

Interviewee skills: how to impress a panel

B3

Knowledge transfer: an introduction - to be confirmed

D3

Leadership and teamwork for researchers

D1

Preparing for your Viva

B2, B3

Microsoft Word: Producing a thesis or dissertation

A1, D2

Microsoft Office

CAPOD's IT Training Developer runs an extensive suite of Microsoft Office courses throughout the academic year, with multiple instances of each course.  We consider all the IT courses to fall within domain A1 of the Researcher Development Framework.

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