We offer support for all researchers at the University through a range of workshops designed to develop your research and professional skills. A list of available workshops can be seen on our workshops pages.

The Essential Skills for Researchers (ESR) programme will help to develop your skill sets and is a great way to meet and network with researchers from across the University.

Workshops can be booked via Keele People and include topics such as:

  • Blogging
  • Broadcast media
  • How to communicate confidently
  • How to achieve research impact
  • Open Access and the REF
  • The Human Tissue Act
  • Critical appraisals
  • Intellectual Property
  • Job applications, CVs and interviews
  • How to keep up-to-date with your research

The supervisor programme will help you to develop your skills as a supervisor and highlight updates on University PGR policy and process. They are also a great way to meet other supervisors and share experiences.

Workshops currently available specifically for PGR Supervisors and booked via Keele People can be seen below:

Getting Started with Research Student Supervision at Keele (online learning available through LearningPool and mandatory follow on session for new supervisors can be booked via Keele People)
PGR Supervisors: Administrative Milestones for a PGR/Prof Doc Student
PGR Supervisors: Being a member of an annual Review 1 (Doctoral Progression) Interview dates.
PGR Supervisors: the Role of the Internal Viva Examiner
PGR Supervisors: Having Honest Conversations
PGR Supervisors: Developing, Supporting and Maintaining Wellbeing and Resilience
The role of the Viva Chair (online learning available through LearningPool)

For more information, visit the Postgraduate Supervisor Training Programme web page.

The student programme is specifically designed to help you develop the personal and professional skills required during doctoral study and is a great way to meet research students from across the University.

Workshops can be booked via Keele People and include topics such as:

  • Plagiarism
  • How to work with your supervisor
  • Planning your final year including preparing for your viva
  • Writing literature reviews
  • What happens after your first annual review (progression)
  • Teaching and demonstrating

The Introduction to Teaching and Demonstrating (ITAD) is Keele's principal teaching-related professional development course for PGRs and other sessional teaching staff.

Visit the ITAD web page for more information.

Booking is completed via Keele People at people.keele.ac.uk and selecting Employee Self Service

  • Enter your Keele username and password
  • Select 'Learning and Development' from the menu at the top of the page
  • Once on the Learning and Development tab, click 'Search Courses' and search for the course using a keyword or two from the course title
  • In the results, click on the results box containing the course name and information that you wish to book
  • On the next page, click the 'Book Onto Course' blue button
  • From there you should be able to see more about the course
  • Enter your event booking details (origin of request, reason for booking etc) and click the 'Save' green button at the botom of the box
  • If a course is full, you can click 'Add to Waiting List' and you will be added to the course waiting list

We also have a number of digital resources available via our MS Team

Topics include:

  • KIITE Education Research Ethics
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Refworks
  • Avoiding Plagiarism