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Lancaster University

Background to Research Training
Research Training in the FST Graduate School has been developed around the guidelines supplied by Vitae and included in their Researcher Development Framework.Our training is intended to allow you to learn new skills, as well as to learn from the experiences of other Postgraduate Research students in the faculty.

What courses are available?
We have a range of courses available to cover all aspects of the Research Development FrameworkFST’s Research Training activities for 2019/20 can be found hereInformation can also be found on the Graduate School webpagesCourses are arranged around three key areas of:Managing Your ResearchResearch Skills and TechniquesWriting, Communicating and Networking SkillsThe  training programme is largely similar to last year, with a coaching element run  by Will Medd being complimented by generic skills based sessions. A summary of  each of the training sessions can be found in the document.Registrations will be managed using LibCal, and we’ll advertise the sessions to PGRs two weeks before they take place. Where a session requires a one day commitment, we’ll advertise it four weeks before the session takes place. Messages advertising research training sessions will be sent to the student’s Lancaster email address. This message will contain a link to the registration page for a particular session.Induction session: We will be holding a university and faculty induction session for PGRs at which we’ll present the programme of research training in more detail. The induction and welcome event will be held on:Wednesday 3rd October, 12:00-15:30, in Faraday Building. Other training on offer across Lancaster:Maths and Stats will continue to offer their programme of short courses during 18/19, there is now a comprehensive programme of digital skills courses offered by ISS, a number of events organised by the Library and access to research training across Lancaster’s other three faculties (FASS, LUMS and FHM). Links to the relevant information can be found below:Maths and Stats short coursesDigital SkillsLibrary sessions: Information sessions for researchers and Learning skillsResearch training in other facultiesWe also encourage participation at conferences and other events, which can be included in your accumulation of training credits.Please note that courses listed above are indicative of what is on offer from October 2018. New courses may be added throughout the year. All details of courses will be sent out to your Lancaster University email address.

How do I sign up?
Log on to your student portalSelect event sign upSelect the module you want to sign up toThis will open a further page where you can select the specific session you would like to attendAll courses available to PGR students will be shown in your Student Portal regardless of whether you have signed up to an event for that module or not. Please remember to sign up for a session if you would like to attend or otherwise ignore them, even if your record indicates that they may be compulsory. Events you do not attend will be removed from your record as the year progresses.If you sign up for a particular training session we expect you to make every effort to attend. If you are unable to attend, please email one week before the session takes place. Waiting lists are often in operation for these courses, and if you do not turn up you may deprive another student of the chance to attend.