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Doctoral researchers

For doctoral researchers.

The Doctoral School coordinates the central SHU training offer for Postgraduate Research (PGR) students. This encompasses non-credit bearing programmes and activities as well as opportunities enabling you to develop your skills and knowledge aligned to the Researcher Development Framework (RDF).

the Doctoral School blog to explore how you can make progress on the targets set as part of your training needs analysis.

Doctoral training sessions

The Doctoral School offers a comprehensive programme of training, enabling you to develop your skills and knowledge relating to your Training Needs Analysis and the Researcher Development Framework (RDF).

Visit the Doctoral School blog to explore how you can make progress on the targets set as part of your training needs analysis.

Core skills for your doctorate 

Delivered by research librarians and academic skills advisors, these workshops focus on the core information and academic writing skills needed to make progress on your doctorate.

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The University English Scheme also offers a non-credit bearing module to develop Academic English for your Doctorate. These 2-hour sessions run weekly and are open to all students working independently on their doctorate.

Academic English for Doctoral Students  - Dr Diana Ridley

Click the link to join: https://shu.zoom.us/j/5468144170

Every Wednesday 11-12. Sessions start week beginning 5th October.

Additional skills development opportunities

In addition to the skills development sessions above, the Doctoral School offers a wide range of support and information on:

  • Professional and Career Development
  • Teaching skills
  • Research Ethics and Integrity
  • Research Methods
  • Joining the Doctoral Community
  • Researcher Development activities and resources for staff and PGRs

For more information, visit the Doctoral School blog and SHARD pages. If you have any questions, please email the team.


Researcher Development programme (SHaRD)

SHaRD is Sheffield Hallam University’s researcher development programme.  It is structured into 25 themes under five main sections:

  • Research Essentials: Including an introduction to research at Sheffield Hallam, funding, ethics and integrity and more.
  • Research Skills: Build your research skills, including project planning, grant writing and collaboration.
  • Communicating Research: Sessions on writing for publication, networking and PR, creating research impact and more.
  • Managing Research: Develop your skills in participant recruitment, budget management and leading a research team.
  • Career Management: Develop your career planning skills, discover mentoring opportunities and begin to build your network.

Visit and bookmark the SHaRD website to keep up-to-date with these development opportunities and the latest news from the blog.

Library research drop-ins

The Library Research Support team are holding drop-ins using Blackboard Collaborate- these are on Mondays at 10-11am and Fridays at 2-3pm. You can join the drop-in using this link.