Graduate School

Part-time and distance learning researchers

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At Nottingham, more than 15% of all doctoral researchers are studying part-time or at a distance. Typically part-time and distance doctorates are spread over six or more years, which is a long time to balance all the demands on your life. The Graduate School seeks to support you throughout this period by providing access to a comprehensive researcher development programme.  All classroom based and online courses are available to you free of charge.

Nottingham Part-Time Researcher Workshops

In collaboration with the University of Birmingham, The University of Nottingham coordinates a programme of training and development sessions specifically for part-time researchers. The Nottingham Part-Time Researcher Workshops are a day long training and development events which give part-time research students the opportunity to explore issues that affect their research study. Facilitated by research development staff from both universities, the event includes discussion on the nature of researching part-time, dedicated development workshops, and professional networking opportunities with fellow part-timers. Some of the problems faced by part-time researchers specifically are addressed during the events.

Collaborative Workshops

Saturday 12 May 2018, 9.30 – 4.30pm

University of Birmingham, room TBC

Tutors: TBC

Attendance requirements: None – all sessions are optional

The events will include two development workshops specifically tailored for part-time research students:

  • Structuring your thesis
  • Getting the best from long-distance supervision

Booking via Eventbrite

Friday 3rd August 2018, 9.30-4.30pm  Cancelled

Unfortunatetly this session has been cancelled, new dates for the next academic year will be available in due course.

University of Nottingham, A11, Highfield House, University of Nottingham

The events will include two development workshops specifically tailored for part-time research students:

  • Planning to manage your time
  • Making programme, avoid defeatism and self-sabotage
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 Any questions?

If you have any questions about the Nottingham Part-time Researcher Workshops, please contact

Saturday Courses 

We know that many part-time students juggle many commitments which can make attending courses on weekdays particularly difficult. We therefore offer a selection of our most popular training courses on Saturdays.

  • How to be an effective researcher for research students
    13 January 2018, 09.15am-5pm, A01 & A02, Highfield House
  • Nature of the Doctorate and the Supervision Process      
    13 January 2018. 09.30am-12.30pm,  MHSGC
  • Planning your research
    3 February 2018, 10.00am – 13.00pm, A11, Highfield House
  • Preparing for the viva    
    3 February 2018, 13.30 -16.30pm, A11, Highfield House
  • Further presentation skills for researchers           
    17 February 2018, 09.30am-13.00pm, A11, Highfield House
  • Further presentation skills for researchers           
    17 February 2018, 13.30-17.00pm, A11, Highfield House
  • Presentation Skills for Researchers (all disciplines)            
    7 April 2018, 09.30am-15.30pm, A11, Highfield House

Online Courses

The Graduate School offers a growing portfolio of online research training courses and resources. Some of these are stand-alone and can be taken by you at a time most suitable to your needs. Other courses are moderated and run over a set period (of usually a week). They provide an opportunity for you to work collaboratively with other doctoral researchers to enhance your skills and share your experiences in a facilitated online learning environment.

We recognise that you may have further training needs and The Researcher Development team is happy to discuss your needs with you. In the first instance it is best to contact the Researcher Training and Development Manager with responsibility for your faculty.   


Access to Libraries

Online resources

Visit the libraries webpage to find our more about online resources available at the University of Nottingham.

The Studying Effectively pages include step-by-step interactive tutorials and answers to frequently asked questions from students regarding their study and information skills.

Access a library in your local area

SCONUL Access is a reciprocal scheme for many library users working or studying at over 170 participating higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland. It enables staff and students from one institution to access resources at other SCONUL Access member libraries.


The Graduate School

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

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