Social Sciences & Arts Graduate Centre

Training and development

To become effective researchers you need to develop a range of professional skills (from public engagement, writing and presentational skills to project management and organisational skills). This is a significant part of our provision for you as a research student at the University of Nottingham. 

Developmental opportunities include:

Two female postgraduate students studying in the SSAGC


Why should I engage with this?

Whatever future career choice you make, engaging with the training programmes and other opportunities available to you will enhance your future employability. Taking part also offers a great opportunity to meet researchers from outside your own discipline, and to develop networks that could be useful to you in the future.

AHRC Research Training Framework for Doctoral Students outlines the skills a researcher in the arts and humanities needs in order to “develop in their field and as a highly qualified individual in preparation for their future career”. It expects universities to assess, meet and monitor researchers’ training and development needs. The Faculty of Arts at the University of Nottingham does this by supporting each research student to undertake a training needs analysis, offering a core programme tailored to researchers at different stages and providing additional developmental activities that address their identified needs. The monitoring of progress is embedded in the academic supervision process.

Graduate School Researcher Development Programme

In addition to the Arts Researcher Skills Programme, The Graduate School offers a broad and comprehensive range of training courses aimed at helping you to develop vital transferrable skills.  Take a look at Central Short Courses where you can find a range of face-to-face and online courses taking place throughout the year.

Social Sciences & Arts Graduate Centre

The University of Nottingham
B floor, Highfield House
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Tel: +44 (0115) 748 4430