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Online Resources

The GRADskills Programme is a suite of workshops, networking events and activities specifically designed for research postgraduate students.  However, we realise that you will not always be able to attend face-to-face workshops and events.  For that reason, in order to give you access to development opportunities at a time and place that suit you, we have a range of online training courses and other resources available.

The University is an organisational member of Vitae, so you have free access to Vitae's researcher development materials.

Research/Teaching Skills (Epigeum courses)

Epigeum is a leading provider of online training programmes for higher education.  They create new programmes by getting academics from a consortium of universities to develop the content, thereby ensuring that it is relevant and fit-for-purpose. 

The Research Skills Masters Programme is an extensive suite of 18 modules on different research skills, such as working with your supervisor, project management, research methods, getting published, and much more.

Request access to the Research Skills Masters Programme through GRADskills.

Networking (Kintish courses)

Kintish is a leading provider of networking courses for businesses and higher education.  Learning how to network effectively is an important skill for academic and non-academic careers. 

Find out more about how to access Kintish networking.

GRADskills Moodle course

The GRADskills Resources course in Moodle (the University’s Virtual Learning Environment) contains a range of materials such as:

  • Videos on working effectively with your supervisor and preparing for the viva.
  • Links to a wide range of other free, online resources such as the Research Data Management course MANTRA.
  • Presentations and handouts from some of the face-to-face workshops (if the presenter permits).

To access the GRADskills Resources Moodle course, go to and then just click the “Self enrol” button. You only need to do that once – after that, you would just login to Moodle or MySaint as normal and it will appear on your Dashboard.  If you have any problems please email

Careers Centre website

The Careers Centre website has information for PhD researchers, including:

  • Conducting your research
  • Do I want an academic career?
  • Alternatives to academia
  • Support and career development

St Leonard’s Postgraduate College

The Old Burgh School, Abbey Walk
St Andrews
KY16 9LB
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