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Postgraduate Research Students

Supporting our Research Students

Research Skills Development Workshops 

Personal and professional development opportunities for research students are spread throughout the duration of the research degree. The extent to which research students are required to take advantage of these opportunities will normally be negotiated through the supervision process, taking account of subject and individual needs.

Key features of the University of Wolverhampton scheme are as follows:

  • Research skills development in line with the recommendations of QAA and the Research Councils
  • A comprehensive induction for all students to provide a good understanding of the research degree programme and its significant landmarks
  • Generic workshops co-ordinated by the Doctoral College
  • Discipline-specific support from Faculties, Schools, and Research Institutes
  • An identified generic skills co-ordinator in each Faculty
  • Student ownership of the process, with supervisor involvement as a key to success

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Teaching Support 

The Postgraduate Research Student (PGR) Offer articulates that all PGR students will be provided with opportunities to undertake teaching skills training that will allow students to be eligible for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy as well as be provided with opportunities to undertake teaching and/or demonstrating (as appropriate to the faculty).  It is recognised that not all students will wish to take such opportunities, although the University is committed to making these available to those that want them.  Such opportunities are seen as developmental and will support students intent on pursuing an academic career.

Please see full PGR Teaching and or Demonstrating Opportunities (Word doc 21k) for information

Training to Teach

Where the student does not hold a teaching qualification, as a minimum, they will be required to undertake an ‘Essentials of the Classroom’ session during their first year of teaching/demonstrating at the University.

For more information visit the Essentials of the Classroom webpage

Students will also be strongly encouraged to register for the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and Professional Practice and become an Associate Fellow or Fellow of the HEA if they teach or demonstrate for more than 24 hours per year. 

For more information on how to apply visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and Professional Practice

External Funds for Conference Attendance

There are lots of opportunities to fund conference travel for postgraduate and doctoral students but, no large overarching funding streams covering all disciplines. This means that to identify funds, it is best to search on a disciplinary basis to find opportunities that are of interest to your research area. The majority of funders offering small amounts for conferences are learned societies or foundations, offering funding to support attendance at their own conferences, or those in their disciplinary interest area, in the UK and overseas. Some funding opportunities are only open to society members but, student subscriptions are usually available at a substantially reduced rate. 

Please see guidance on Finding Funding.

English Language Support

English language support is available to all students for whom English is not their first language.

Making the most out of your studies

The University has a range of opportunities, facilities and services to enrich your time here and to support your studies.  Click on the links below to find out more. 

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