How to be an Effective Doctoral Researcher (face to face) More Details
Duration 1 day
Team Researcher Academy

This face to face course is run by the Researcher Academy

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. 

Target Audience: Early stage postgraduate research students (full time students should be within their first 18 months, part time students should be within the first 24 months of their degree)

The course is for doctoral-level research students in the first 18 months of their full time degree or the first 24 months of their part time degree. Research students who are further on should discuss their attendance with the convenor before registering.


The course has been developed by Vitae and a range of universities to provide a concentrated package of support for research students.

This course is for you if you would like to spend time evaluating your effectiveness as a research student and looking for practical ways to improve it. You will work with tutors who have extensive experience of the research environment to develop practical action plans to enhance your effectiveness as a researcher. You will receive advice, guidance and encouragement to make the changes to your working practices to improve your effectiveness. The course will also provide you with realistic settings to test out these changes.

You will work in small learning sets in addition to large group activities. All the activities have been designed to be directly applicable to the research environment within a university. The materials covered are relevant to all discipline areas.

Aims/ Objectives:

The course aims to enhance your effectiveness as a research student using a broad range of activities that look at many different aspects of the research degree process.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • apply research planning skills
  • develop effective working practices for the research environment
  • consider how to maximise your impact within the research community
  • understand and apply approaches to managing your supervisory relationships and working with others in the wider research environment

Process: This course is an intensive workshop, with a mixture of small group and large group activities and discussions.

Participants are expected to attend for the full duration of the course. By registering for a place you are committing to attend the entire course.

A buffet lunch will be provided. If you have a food intolerance and require a lactose-free, gluten-free (meat or vegetarian option) or vegan lunch please indicate this during booking. There is no need to indicate a preference for vegetarian options as this is provided with the standard buffet.

Please note, attendances for courses will be recorded. There are no training points associated with courses run by the Researcher Academy.

Course Accessibility

The following table shows a summary of what is needed to participate in the course. 

If you feel you will experience any difficulties participating, please let us know via the ‘special requirements’ tab, providing as much information as possible. The special requirements tab can be completed when you book your place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at

Print off pre-requisite paperwork/ resources & bring them to the course
Access seminar room on campus
Attend the course at the specified date and time
Watch and listen to the course tutor(s) and/or other attendees
Follow presentation slides during the course
Take part in group activities/ discussions

Booking Conditions

Latecomer policy

Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Researcher Academy or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.

Importance of booking commitment

When booking on to a Researcher Academy short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course) or if at short notice by emailing This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. The Researcher Academy maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Researcher Academy courses and will affect considerations for Researcher Academy funded opportunities.


Pre-requisite: There is a short task to be completed in advance of attending this course. The task will take approximately 1 hour and will be emailed to registered participants one week before the course.

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