As research degree students you are a member of our Graduate School, benefiting from practical and pastoral support on your research degree journey
Research Skills Development Programme
The University of Cumbria offers a comprehensive range of workshops which aim to help students to develop and broaden their research and personal transferable skills.
Research and Knowledge Exchange delivers the Research Skills Development Programme, which provides a range of free workshops for all research staff and postgraduate research students. Our workshops are linked to the Research Development Framework descriptors, for more information visit Vitae RDF webpage.
Research Development Framework
The Research Development Framework is a tool for planning, promoting and supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers in higher education.
Training Needs Analysis
This tool is designed to help you understand your skillset and map your training needs as a researcher. It is mapped to the Vitae Research Development Framework. The Training Needs Analysis form can be found Training Needs Analysis Form. For further information on research skills please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The individual workshop descriptions can be found on the Graduate School BlackBoard site.
|Creativity in Research Design||A1, A2, A3|
|Thesis submission briefing for final year students||B1, B2, B3|
|Induction for new starters (Oct 2020)||B1, B2, C2, D1, D2|
|Introduction to R (Oct 2020)||A1, B3, D2|
|Planning for Progression for continuing students (Oct 2020)||B1, B2, C2, D1, D2|
|Getting your Research Published||A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, C1, C2, D1, D2, D3|
|Introduction to ATLAS.ti (Nov 2020)||A1, B3, D2|
|Conducting Systematic Literature Review||A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3|
|Introduction to Qualitative Analysis with NVivo (Nov 2020)||A1, B3, D2|
|Managing Expectations of stakeholders to Enhance Project Outcomes||D1, D2, D3|
|Approaches to Reflective Practice: Making the Most of Failed Strategies||A2, A3, B1, B2, B3|
|Pursuing your research beyond your doctorate||B1, B2, B3, D1, D2, D3|
|Engagement and impact: the research practice nexus||D1, D2, D3|
|Qualitative Methodologies: Investigating Power||A1, A2, A3|
|'Creative Data' Collection and Analysis||A1, A2, A3|
|How to secure funding for your research||B3, C2, C3|
|Imposter syndrome||B1, B2, B3, D1|
|Cross Cultural Differences in Interpreting and Doing Research||A1, A2, A3|
|Process for PhD transfer/confirmation panel||A2, A3, B1, B2, D1, D2|
|Ethical Research and Ethical Approval||A2, C2, C3|
|Induction for new starters (Jan 2021)||B1, B2, C2, D1, D2|
|Engagement and impact-Global Citizenship||D1, D2, D3|
|Phenomenography||A1, A2, A3|
|Action Research: Types, Strengths and Challenges||A1, A2, A3|
|Applying For Academic Jobs||B1, B2, B3|
|Introduction to R (Feb 2021)||A1, B3, D2|
|Research Impact||A3, C1, C2, C3, D1, D2, D3|
|Putting Yourself Out There: Research Confidence for Conferences||B1, B2, B3, D1, D2, D3|
|Considering the self, reflexivity and bias in the PhD journey||B1, B2, B3|
|Case Study Methodology||A1, A2, A3|
|How to use statistics to best effect in your doctoral work||A1, A2, A3|
|Supervisions: How to make them work for you||B1, B2, D1|
|Introduction to ATLAS.ti (March 2021)||A1, B3, D2|
|Introduction Qualitative Analysis with NVivo (Mar 2021)||A1, B3, D2|
|Stop Thinking Critically!||A1, A2, A3|
|Theoretical perspectives in research: paradigms, turns and posts||A1, A2, A3|
|Participatory Research – A Philosophical and Practical Guide||A1, A2, A3, D1, D2, D3|
|Induction for new starters (Apr 2021)||B2, B3, C2, D1, D2|
|Academic Writing Retreat (2 day - Apr 2021)||A2, A3, B2, B3, C2, D2|
|Planning for Progression for continuing students (Apr 2021)||B1, B2, C2, D1, D2|
|Induction to Teaching||A1, A3|
|Quantitative Research Methods||A1, A2, A3|
|Conducting Systematic Literature Reviews||A1, A2, A3|
|Academic Writing Retreat (2 day - July 2021)||A2, A3, B2, B3, C2, D2|
Advice and Support
Advice and training suggestions aimed at the different stages of your PhD.
Your PhD Journey
PhD programmes are usually completed over a three or four year period. Below is a short summary of the different stages of your PhD with recommendations of research support.
New PhD Students
FT: Year 1 / PT: Year 1 & 2
Beginning your PhD can be daunting but it is an exciting time to further develop your research aims and acquire specific skills or tools you need to carry out your research. The workshops will help you to make the most of the early phase of your PhD.
- Introduction, induction for new starters
- How to use statistics to best effect in your doctoral work
- Supervisions: How to make them work for you
- Creativity in Research Design
- Ethical Research and Ethical Approval
Mid-stages PhD Student
FT: Year 2 / PT: Year 2 & 4
As you immerse yourself in your research, this is a time to review progress and reflect on how far you have come, and examine if there are any skills to develop further. The workshops aimed at mid-stage will focus on managing your research and start to put it in a broader professional context.
- Putting Yourself Out There: Research Confidence for Conferences
- Planning for Progression for continuing students
- Getting your Research Published
- 'Creative Data' Collection and Analysis
- Theoretical perspectives in research
Writing up your PhD and Preparing for Viva
FT: Year 3 / PT: Year 4 & 5
This stage is dominated by writing your thesis, and a key time to familiarise yourself with the thesis formatting, submission and examination procedures and regulations. This is also an opportunity to look ahead at what you want to do next, and setting aside time to communicate your research with others and the potential impact of your research.
- Thesis submission briefing for final year students
- Academic Writing Retreat
- Pursuing your research beyond your doctorate
- Research Impact
Guidance and Policy
The Postgraduate Research Code of Practice sets out the provision made for our research degrees to meet the UK quality code for Higher Education.
It can be read in conjunction with the Code of Practice for research, which sets out the principles of good research conduct and integrity expected of all researchers at Cumbria.
The Graduate School Handbook guides you through your research degree journey. It outlines the responsibilities for both you and your supervisors.
Note: the Handbook is revised and updated each academic year.
Research Student Resources
The Graduate School will provide you with all the information you need to support your research journey. Policy, guidance and links to other resources you will need during your time at the University of Cumbria will be available on the Blackboard site through the Student Hub.
This includes access to University wide student support services including disability support and library resources.
We have three dedicated PgR Study Rooms
- Lancaster - Bishop Cross (next to the library) BC 002 - key code for out of hours
- Carlisle - Fusehill Street - Bowscale (ground floor) BS 8 - key code entry
- Ambleside - Charlotte Mason (ground floor) CMB 0.03
If you wish to use the rooms please contact the email@example.com for the key codes for Carlisle & Lancaster, and how to access Ambleside. All rooms are available to all research students.
You can also update your personal details through the Student Hub.
For further information on the PhD journey, email: firstname.lastname@example.org