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Training and development

Take advantage of a range of opportunities to develop yourself both personally and professionally.

Equipping you with the skills you require to successfully pass your doctoral programme is just one of the aims of the Graduate School; we also want to ensure that you are well placed to progress your career following graduation. That is why we have developed a range of training and development opportunities, designed to support you from the moment you join us. For a detailed guide to training in the current academic year, see the Graduate School Training and Support Guide 2021-22.

Your induction

We have a comprehensive induction programme so that, when you join us as a new postgraduate researcher, you will quickly settle in to your new role.

Core training

To provide you with the skills you need to carry out your research professionally and effectively, we have created the Reading Researcher Development Programme (RRDP).

online research training

In addition to the RRDP, doctoral researchers have access to flexible online training developed by Epigeum (part of Oxford University Press).  The suite of online training complements RRDP and can be completed in bite-sized chunks to fit around you.

Academic language and writing support for international & EU doctoral researchers

The Graduate School, in conjunction with the University‚Äôs International Study and Language Institute (ISLI), has a range of courses designed to help international and EU doctoral researchers maintain, improve and develop their academic English.  

Develop your leadership capabilities

The intensive, three-day Leadership Programme, run jointly between the Graduate School and Henley Business School, is designed specifically for you to experience and develop your skills in leadership.

Preparing to Teach programme

As a postgraduate researcher you may have the opportunity to support the teaching and learning of other students. Covering the essentials of teaching, marking and giving feedback, the Preparing to Teach programme will ensure you have the training you need.

PhD Plus

Our PhD Plus programme is designed to meet the specific needs of overseas lecturers who want to study for a PhD while also learning about higher education in the UK and improving their teaching skills.

Statistical support

Statistical courses are delivered as part of the Reading Researcher Development Programme (RRDP).

In addition to face to face training, doctoral researchers also have access to a Statistical Methods for Research Programme online course (see Online Research Training, above).

An Introduction to statistical packages resource list can be downloaded here

The Maths Support Centre, based in the Library, provides a Help with Statistics service. Full details can be found at

Development for women

Aimed at women who are undertaking postgraduate research at Reading, our Sprint development programme aims to help you make best use of your talents, build your confidence and networking skills, become more career and goal orientated and achieve a better work-life balance.

Other development opportunities

Various other activities and resources are available that will enhance your personal and professional skills:

  • Career development see all of the resources available to you that support your career aspirations.
  • Travel funding schemes- if you need to make a research visit or attend a conference, you may be eligible to apply for funding to support your travel expenses. The Graduate School runs a Travel Support Scheme and the University runs a Research Travel Grant Scheme.

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