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Researcher Development Programme for Students

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This list of sessions will be added to throughout the summer, a completed list will be available by end of September. The Doctoral School are attempting to find facilitators for further sessions.

The Doctoral School provides a wide range of training sessions, some of which are compulsory. Your faculty will also provide other training events (RIDO and the Research Support and Training Team within it are central support services, working closely with, but independent of the five academic faculties). If you are unsure which training events you need to attend, you are advised to speak to your Supervisory Team / Professional Doctorate Programme Director or Faculty Director of Research Students.

Your research degree studies take place within a framework of continuing training and development, designed to enhance your experience, research and transferable skills. In order to make best use of these opportunities you should consider how and why you are undertaking training and record the sessions, seminars and workshops you attend, for example, to include in your CV. For more information about this please click on Planning Your Research Training.

Details of the compulsory and additional training opportunities available for research students and research supervisors follow below. As well as these, students and supervisors can access an online suite of training courses provided by Epigeum and attend training programmes facilitated directly by their faculty and human resources.

To book: if you are a research degree student, please book all training sessions by using Progress Platform.  Click here for more information and the login link for ProgressPlatform.

If you have any queries, or if you are a research supervisor wishing to book a training session, please email:

Please book as far in advance as possible, and be aware that if you book with less than 2 working days' notice, it may not be possible to process your booking before the start of the course. If you have booked with less than 2 working days' notice please phone 0845 196 4209 to ensure your booking has been received. Please note that our working hours are 09:00-17:30 Monday to Thursday and 09:00-17:00 on Friday.

If you require any of the booklets or other course materials in an alternative format (eg Braille, large print, audio or electronic), if you have special access or dietary needs, please give us as much notice as possible and no less than 2 weeks to allow us time to make the necessary arrangements.

We will send you joining information including a programme if applicable prior to the start of the course which will contain details of venue, any preparatory work etc.

If you are no longer able to attend a session you have booked on to, please cancel your place through Progress Platform at least a week in advance. However, if you are cancelling with less than 2 working days' notice please also email or phone 0845 196 4209 (to call from abroad, please dial 0044 1245 684 209).

Please contact if you have any other queries or any comments about the training programme.

We look forward to meeting you at one of our training events.


Compulsory Research Skills Training for Students

Additional Research Skills Training for Students

Stage 1 – Induction

Communicating your Research

Mixed Methods for Research


Quantative Methods

Stage 2A – Presentations

Conceptual Frameworks


Research Integrity (Epigeum)

Spring Training Week

Stage 2B – Academic Writing

Designing Your Research Poster

Planning Your Career

*Epigeum online training also available

Research Student Conference

Three Minute Thesis Heats

Introduction to Methodology and Philosophy of Social Science Research

Project Management

*Epigeum online training

Selecting a Conference, Presenting & Networking (Epigeum)


Introduction to SPSS

Qualitative Methods for the Social Sciences

Critical Writing


Intellectual Property (IP) in the Research Context (Epigeum)

Introduction to Statistics



Managing your Research Supervisor (Epigeum)

Compulsory Research Training for Students

3-Stage Generic Skills Training

This training is compulsory for all Research Degree Students and should be completed at the appropriate stage.

Stage 1 - Induction

This one-day session is designed to equip you with the knowledge that you will require to successfully undertake your doctoral studies. It provides an introduction to postgraduate research, including the background and history of the doctoral qualification and the pathway to gaining your award. It explains the framework within which you will progress, and discusses the role and responsibilities of your supervisors and yourself as a doctoral student. It provides an overview of the support available within Anglia Ruskin University, such as the training sessions and support provided by Research and Innovation Development Office (RIDO), and the University Library. It also raises awareness of issues you may need to consider such as research ethics and intellectual property rights. 

Stage 1 also includes the online Epigeum skills training course: Intellectual Property (IP) in the Research Context. For more information please see the Epigeum page. An awareness of Intellectual Property and its related issues is essential for researchers. This compulsory online course is a short introduction to the topic and aims to give you a knowledge of the key areas that affect you as a researcher. Stage 1 generic training is only complete once you have passed this online course.

  • Wednesday 11th October 2017, 10:00-15:00, Cambridge
  • Friday 13th October 2017, 10:00-15:00, Chelmsford
  • Monday 16th October 2017, 10:00-15:00, Cambridge
  • Wednesday 1st November 2017, 10:00-15:00, Cambridge
  • Tuesday 14th November 2017, 10:00-15:00, Chelmsford
  • Monday 5th Febuary 2018, 10:00-15:00, Cambridge
  • Wednesday 7th February 2018, 10:00-15:00, Chelmsford
  • Thursday 1st March 2018, 10:00-15:00, Chelmsford
  • Monday 14th May 2018, 10:00-15:00, Cambridge
  • Monday 4th April 2018, 10:00-15:00, Chelmsford

Stage 2A - Presentations

This one-day session is intended to help you develop and practice your presentation skills in a safe and supportive environment. In the morning, we introduce and discuss different presentation styles and forums. During the afternoon, we ask all participants to deliver a four-minute presentation (which you will have prepared in advance) about your research, and others in the group will provide constructive feedback and critique. It is an excellent opportunity for you to share your ideas and learn from others’ experiences. You are required to prepare a four-minute presentation about your research in advance of this session.

  • Wednesday 18th October 2017, 10:00-16:00, Cambridge
  • Monday 6th November 2017, 10:00-16:00, Cambridge
  • Tuesday 21st November 2017, 10:00-16:00, Chelmsford
  • Tuesday 6th February 2018, 10:00-16:00, Cambridge
  • Tuesday 6th March 2018, 10:00-16:00, Chelmsford
  • Tuesday 10th April 2018, 10:00-16:00, Cambridge
  • Tuesday 15th May 2018, 10:00-16:00, Cambridge
  • Tuesday 5th June 2018, 10:00-16:00, Chelmsford

Stage 2B - Academic Writing

This one-day session focusses on the academic writing process. We look at the way that meaning is expressed, and the decisions that we need to make in order to communicate our ideas effectively through our writing. The requirements and conventions around writing for your doctoral thesis are also explored. The session provides an opportunity for you to reflect on your own writing, to share your ideas and experiences, and to consider how you might refine your approach.

You should register for this session when you are approaching the Upgrade of Registration stage of your doctoral studies (see the Research Degree Regulations for details, or seek advice from your supervisor). Professional Doctorate candidates would find it helpful to attend this training earlier, to support the written papers in Stage I of the Professional Doctorate.

  • Wednesday 25th October 2017, 10:00-16:00, Cambridge
  • Tuesday 31st October 2017, 10:00-16:00, Chelmsford
  • Monday 4th December 2017, 10:00-16:00, Cambridge
  • Tuesday 13th March 2018, 10:00-16:00, Cambridge
  • Monday 16th April 2018, 10:00-16:00, Chelmsford
  • Wednesday 16th May 2018, 10:00-16:00, Cambridge

Stage 3 - Thesis Production & Examination Preparation

This one-day session is intended to help you prepare for the submission of your thesis, and for your viva voce examination. We explore the requirements for and process of submission, the protocols, conventions and conduct of the viva examination, and the range and scope of the questions that may be asked. The session also includes a simulated viva examination, so that you can see how a 'real' viva is conducted. The session will enable you to gain a focus on the submission and examination process, and help you plan for all of the work you need to complete leading up to submission of your thesis, as well as, of course, to prepare for the day of your viva itself.

You should register for this session when you enter your writing-up period: i.e. in the space after Upgrade of Registration, but certainly well before you submit your thesis for examination.

  • Thursday 19th October 2017, 10:00 - 15:00, Cambridge
  • Wednesday 6th December 2017, 10:00 - 16:00, Cambridge
  • Wednesday 14th February 2018, 10:00 - 16:00, Chelmsford
  • Wednesday 4th April 2018, 10:00 - 16:00, Cambridge
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 10:00 - 16:00, Cambridge


All new research degree students must attend either ‘Introduction to Research Ethics and Integrity (in Human Research)’ training or pass the online Epigeum course: Ethics 1. Students whose research requires ethical approval must also pass the online Epigeum course Ethics 2 or an equivalent course approved by the Chair of the appropriate Faculty Research Ethics Panel.

Introduction to Research Ethics and Integrity (in Human Research)

This half-day session provides an introduction to some of the main ethical issues relating to research. It examines the significance of recent legislation in relation to research ethics, and provides an example of how ethical problems can be resolved once they are identified. It introduces the process for ethical approval, and the criteria that make for a successful application. These sessions are for both research degree students and research degree supervisors.

To be confirmed

Epigeum Ethics 1: Good Research Practice

For further details please see the Epigeum page

Epigeum Ethics 2: Research with Humans in the Health and Social Sciences

For further details please see the Epigeum page

Intellectual Property (IP) in the Research Context

All new research degree students are required to pass the online Epigeum course: Intellectual Property (IP) in the Research Context. For further details please see the Epigeum page.

Learning and Teaching in Practice

This three-day workshop is compulsory for any research student required to teach who has not undertaken approved training. Please note that you need to attend throughout all three days of the workshop and pass an assessment of a short teaching session in order to pass the course.

Learning and Teaching in Practice is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you will need to teach successfully. It will introduce you to planning learning activities and study programmes; how students learn; teaching large and small groups; classroom management; teaching and learner support; and developing teaching materials.  Participants will also deliver a short teaching session which will be assessed by the course facilitators and peer learners.  Participants may choose to submit an additional teaching and learning related portfolio for assessment against the requirements for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). This course is led by Dr Jaki Lilly, Anglia Learning and Teaching.

Please fill out the survey at: Dr Jaki Lilly will then shortlist those who have been selected for the training.

  • Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th, Thursday 28th September 2017, all day training, Cambridge (TBC)
  • Monday 29th, Tuesday 30th January and Thursday 1st February 2018, all day training, Chelmsford (TBC)
  • Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th and Friday 22nd March 2018, all day training , Cambridge (TBC)

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Additional Research Training for Students


Bibliometrics is a way of measuring the scholarly influence of journal articles, the journals and the authors themselves. It can be useful when evaluating journal quality, for example when submitting an article for publication, or if you wish to trace the publications history of a specific author. Bibliometrics are used along with other factors in the Research Excellence Framework. Come along to this session to learn more about the terminology used, do some 'author stalking' and discuss some of the issues with other researchers.

  • Wednesday 1st November : Chelmsford – QUE 210 : 2pm -4pm
  • Tuesday 7th November : Cambridge – Mum012 : 2pm-4pm

Communicating Your Research

This session covers engaging with the public, interviews with the media and publishing and evidencing the impact of your research.

Communicating Your Research (Conferences, Papers and Proceedings)

  • Wednesday 15th November 2017, 10:00 - 12:00 Cambridge
  • Tuesday 18th April 2018, 10:00 - 12:00 Chelmsford

Communicating Your Research (Publishing in Journals and Book Chapters)

  • Wednesday 15th November 2017, 13:00 - 15:00 Cambridge
  • Tuesday 18th April 2018, 10:00 - 12:00 Chelmsford

Communicating Your Research (Pathways to Impact)

  • Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 13:00 - 14:00 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 25th March 2017, 13:00 - 14:00 Chelmsford

Conceptual Frameworks

Doctoral research is expected to make a contribution to knowledge.  In this process a conceptual framework provides a theoretical overview of the topic that will be investigated.  It emerges from reading the literature as a theoretical perspective on your topic.  Conceptual frameworks usually appear in the text diagrammatically and show their linkages to other research components in the thesis. Thus, a conceptual framework will determine your choice of methodological approach, the design of your research and the text in your chapter of conclusions. 

This session will explain how to create a conceptual framework from your reading of your literature, how it should influence research design and the drafting of doctoral conclusions.  Examples from various disciplines will illustrate the function and visual/textual presentation of conceptual frameworks supported by the article 'Overlooking the conceptual framework'.

  • Monday 13th November 2017, 13:00-15:00, Cambridge
  • Thursday 15th March 2018, 13:00-15:00, Chelmsford

Preparing for Upgrade

  • Friday 3rd November 2017, 10:00-11:00, Cambridge
  • Thurday 15th February 2018, 10:00-11:00, Chelmsford

Preparing to enter the field and getting equipped to manage interviews

  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 10:00-11:30, Cambridge
  • Friday 10th November 2017, 10:00-11:30, Chelmsford

Designing Your Research Poster

This 1.5hr session focusses on the planning and production of posters, which are becoming an increasingly common means for research to be presented at conferences. We will explore what constitutes a research poster, and what you need to consider when designing your poster, and presenting it at a conference. Each year research degree students have the opportunity to present their posters at our Annual Research Student Conference, and the best are awarded prizes. The procedure for submitting your poster for the conference is discussed.  Prize-winning posters from past research student conferences are available for you to view.

  • Thursday 8th February 2018, 11:00-12:30, Chelmsford
  • Friday 9th February 2018, 10:00-11:30, Cambridge

Introduction to Methodology and Philosophy of Social Science Research

First, we shall look at what we mean by 'research' in general. Is 'research' simply a matter of 'searching', or looking for answers to questions or solutions to problems? Or do we want a much more comprehensive definition such as a 'systematic and sustained enquiry carried out to answer some specific type of question'?

Second, we shall discuss questions about whether social science can actually guarantee achieving an understanding of the really real or the truly true and whether its various methods or processes or procedures can be trusted.

  • Thursday 16th November 2017, 10:00-13:00, Chelmsford
  • Tuesday 21st November 2017, 10:00-13:00, Cambridge

SPSS Training

Please note, this training will not teach you Statistics, it is purely training in how to use SPSS. If you are in need of help with your statistics, we recommend you sign up to our Statistics training session.

This training will be workbook based with drop in sessions availiable throughout the semesters.

  • Thursday 19th  October Chelmsford 2017, 13:00- 15:00
  • Monday 9th October 2017, Cambridge 10:00- 12:00

Introduction to Statistics

The aim of the course is to help you understand why statistics is a vital tool in analysing quantitative data, give you the basic skills and understanding to conduct your own analyses and to provide you with the foundations and confidence to tackle more advanced material. The focus is on statistics as a valuable research tool rather than the mathematical understanding of the statistical procedures. The examples used are drawn largely from the biological sciences but the course will be useful to students from a wide range of subjects. 

  • Friday 23rd February Cambridge, 2018, 10:00-12:00
  • Monday 16th April Chelmsford, 2018, 13:00-15:00

Mixed Methods for Research

This workshop provides an overview of mixed methods which have become a well-established approach in the social sciences. The session will start with a lecture on mixed methods followed by a presentation dealing with the application of mixed methods and a group discussion on mixed methods. Please have a look at Greene, J. (2008) Is Mixed Methods Social Inquiry a Distsinctive Methodology? Journal of Mixed Methods Research, vol.2 no.1: pp.7-22

  • Friday 16th March 2018, 13:00-16:00, Cambridge

Introduction to NVivo

This training will be workbook based with drop in sessions availiable throughout the semesters.

The workbook will show how NVivo codes and manages data.

The topics covered include importing data, creating cases and applying attributes, matrix searching, coding data, nodes, search, autocode and other searches.

(Dates to follow)

Planning Your Career

The aim of this session is to explore your options after you have completed your MPhil/Doctorate and to be able to adopt good job searching skills and be able to analyse your own interests and abilities.

  • Friday 20th October 2017, 12:00-13:00, Cambridge
  • Friday 24th November 2017, 12:00-13:00, Chelmsford

Project Management

Find out how to apply the basic techniques of project management to help plan and deliver your PhD. Skills covered include project scoping, task scheduling, risk assessment and time management. The session includes plenty of opportunity to practice applying the techniques to your own situation and is especially useful for those in the early stages of their PhD journey, but please also feel free to come along if you would like to refresh your project management skills at any stage of your research.

  • Friday 27th October 2017, 10:00-12:00, Cambridge
  • Tuesday 16th February 2017, 13:30-15:00, Chelmsford

Introduction into Qualitative Methods of Enquiry

The linked sessions provide a detailed overview of qualitative methodologies and methods. They are highly relevant for students thinking about using qualitative forms of analysis in their research. Students will explore key ideas concerning the nature of qualitative analysis. Different methodological approaches will be considered. Students will be asked to reflect on how qualitative analysis can support the development of their research.

  • Friday 20th October 2017, 13:00-16:00 Cambridge
  • Tuesday 27th February 2017, 10:00-13:00 Chelmsford
  • Introduction to Quantative Methods of Enquiry

  • Thursday 5th April 2018 10:00 – 13:00 Chelmsford

Critical Writing

Within this session the facilitator will assist students in thinking through their arguments and to develop more critical thinking within their writing.

  • Tuesday 24th October 2017, 10:00-12:00 Chelmsford

  • Thursday 23rd November 2017, 10:00-12:00 Cambridge

Preparing for the Upgrade of your Registration (formerly COC)

Within this session the facilitator will guide you through the formal process of the upgrade of registration.

  • Friday 9th November 2017, 10:00 - 11:00 Cambridge

  • Thursday 15th February 2018, 10:00 - 11:00 Chelmsford

    Time Management

    This is quite obvious; it's only for an hour with examples of how to manage your time.

  • Thursday 7th December 2017 11:00 - 12:00 Cambridge
  • Monday 5th March 2018 10:00 - 11:00 Chelmsford


    3 Minute Thesis Heats 2017 -2018





    Tue 17th Oct 2017

    13:00 – 14:00


    Friday 3rd Nov 2017

    12:00 – 13:00


    Mon 13th Nov 2017

    12:00 – 13:00


    Tue 5th Dec 2017

    12:00 – 13:00


    Wed 7th March 2018

    12:00 – 13:00


    Friday 6th April 2018

    12:00 – 13:00


    Thurs 26th April 2018

    12:00 – 13:00


    Friday 18th May 2018*

    17:00 – 20:00


      *3 Minute Thesis Final Event


    Post Graduate Statistical Summer School

    This course is designed and delivered by Dr. Enrico Ciavolino who is an assistant Professor of Statistics and Psychometrics at the University of Salento (Italy)and a member of scientific committee of the Human and Social Sciences PhD course( week long summer school is part of a successful commercial series devised by Enrico that is delivered in Italy to students,researchers andparticipants fromIndustry.Enrico has coordinated or participated in more than twenty regional, national and international projects. He is the author of many high quality journal publications and presentations ( is the Executive Editor of the of the WoS & Scopus Journal"Electronic Journal of Applied Statistical Analysis” (

    This summer school is the third in a series of courses given to postgraduate and research staff.

    RefWorks 2017- 2018

    RefWorks – Getting Started

    This is a two-hour session designed to introduce you to New RefWorks, an online research management, writing and collaboration tool. It helps researchers at all levels easily gather, organise, store and share information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.

    During this session you will set up a New RefWorks account and start creating your personal database. You will learn basic elements such as adding references to your database, creating folders for your references and producing a quick reference list. This session is intended for those who have no prior Refworks experience. It is  facilitated by the University Library.

    Cambridge – MUM202; Chelmsford QUE114. All sessions 10.00-12.00

    Getting Started:
    Tuesday 24 October
    Thursday 9 November
    Wednesday 22 November
    Thursday 14 December

    RefWorks – Existing Users

    tool. It helps researchers at all levels easily gather, organise, store and share information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.
    During this session you will set up a New RefWorks account and start creating your personal database. You will learn basic elements such as adding references to your database, creating folders for your references and producing a quick reference list. This session is facilitated by the University Library

    This session is appropriate if you are a New RefWorks beginner or have never used any version of RefWorks before.
    Please make sure you select the correct campus, there is often a session running at the same time on the same day in both campuses.
    Please contact your subject librarian to arrange an appointment if the dates listed are unsuitable for you.

    Cambridge – MUM202; Chelmsford QUE114. All sessions 10.00-12.00
    Existing Users:
    Wednesday 15 November
    Tuesday 19 December

    Research Student Conference

    Research Students are expected to attend this annual event. Students have the opportunity to present papers and posters about their research. Please click the link above for further information.

    Spring Training Week:

    This week, held on the Chelmsford campus, provides International Students with the opportunity to attend a number of our training sessions in a set number of days rather than spread throughout the year to take into account their need to travel long distances. We provide all the 3-Stage generic skills training although advise that students needing to do the Stage 1, Stage 2A and Stage 2B do not also do Stage 3 as this is not needed until much further along in their research.

  • Stage 1 Monday 14th May 2018, 10:00-16:00, Cambridge
  • Stage 2A Tuesday 15th May 2018, 10:00-16:00, Cambridge
  • Stage 2B Wednesday 16th May 2018, 10:00-16:00, Cambridge
  • Stage 3 Thursday 17th May 2018, 10:00 - 16:00, Cambridge

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