Graduate School

Training and development

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The Graduate School's programme of free training and development opportunities forms an integral part of any University of Nottingham research degree, and aims to help postgraduate students and research staff foster and improve the skills required in their research and future careers. Our central programme is for researchers from all disciplines whereas our Faculty Training Programmes offer courses specifically tailored for researchers in a particular faculty/discipline (details of the latter are provided at enrollment). 

Key areas covered include:

  • Managing your research
  • Research skills & techniques
  • Research governance
  • Writing, communication & networking skills
  • Career planning & employability
  • Entrepreneurship

The courses vary in length and format, from one-hour seminars to online courses that you can complete or use as an information resource in your own time. 

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All of the Graduate School’s training provision for researchers is mapped against Vitae's Researcher Development Framework (RDF).



Vitae is the UK organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education.

Vitae ‘researcher booklets’ offer practical information to researchers about different topics in support of their personal, professional and career development. 

Viva Survivor

Our Viva Survivor webpage brings together details of the extensive range of viva support for students.

Some provision is of the traditional workshop style, others, such as the YouTube and iTunes U is web based.

Careers Support

The Graduate School and Graduate Centres work closely with the Careers and Employability Service to help you to plan your career and give you the knowledge and techniques which will enable you to effectively present your skills, qualities and experiences to future employers.  

Find out more about the support we offer through our Careers Support pages.



The Graduate School

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

Tel: +44 (0) 115 846 8400

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