This article will explain the tools and resources that are available for Research Students.
The University has a huge number of resources for Postgraduate Research Degree Students (PGRS). Below you will find a number of resources which may help you throughout your studies.
This is a dedicated resource giving you information and guidance on the administrative, academic and support arrangements for all research degree programmes. Download the Student Handbook.
Skills Forge is an interactive web-based system for booking your place on Graduate School Workshops, managing your Professional Research and Excellence Skills (PRaXiS) development and maintaining a record of your progress with your doctoral degree. You can find Skills Forge online. View the step by step Skills Forge guide: Skills Forge guide for students.
As Postgraduate Research students and Professional Doctorate students do not follow the terms and semesters which apply to the rest of the University it is important to note that the library operates reduced opening hours outside of term-time. Find out more about the University Library. There are also a number of subject specific GSDP workshop to help provide advice on effective literature searching run by faculty librarians, these can be found and booked on to via Skills Forge.
Funding your way through a PhD can be daunting, there are however tools to help you secure additional funding including The Alternative Guide to Funding which can be accessed using your University email address and registering as a new user in the green box (option 1).
In addition to finding resources and literature for your studies, the University Library also has a range of books to provide advice on completing your postgraduate research studies. From applying for funding through to sitting your viva these books provide useful information and guidance on the whole postgraduate research degree process. Here are some examples.
Doing a Professional Doctorate
Managing a research project
Writing a thesis
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Academic Skills and Maths Café
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