UEA Online Training Series for PGRs

About the UEA Online Training Series

UEA series booklet coverBrighton Doctoral College subscribes to the UEA Online Training Series for PGRs, a programme offering research and professional skills training for postgraduate research students (PGRs) in a ‘live-taught’ online format. Training sessions are delivered via a virtual classroom, mostly on weekday evenings between 7pm-9pm, but with some additional daytime sessions. The series, designed and delivered by the University of East Anglia (UEA), supports and complements our own Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme (PRDP), currently being delivered online.

How does it work?

All sessions are delivered via a virtual classroom (webinar). The programme runs from early October to late May. Sessions are repeated throughout the programme so don’t worry if booking is full or you can’t make a particular workshop. There will be plenty of other opportunities.

Once you’ve downloaded the virtual classroom software, you can join a class from your own device. You can download the software onto your computer, laptop, tablet or even your smartphone, meaning you can participate at home, on the train, in your office – wherever suits you! (Please be aware that if you are downloading the software onto a university or work computer, you may find you require admin permissions.)

Session participants will be from Brighton and other UK institutions who have subscribed to the training programme. The series is organised and administered by Dr Simon Watts, PGR Training Coordinator at UEA, who also teaches modules 1-4. Module 5 is taught by Dr Kimberley Bartholomew, UEA

Workshop Programme 2021-22

The programme is divided into five modules, with each one focused on a specific area or topic. A module contains 3-4 individual sessions. You can attend a whole module or just sign up for individual sessions. The current programme runs from 05 October 2021 to 25 May 2022 and the following five modules are offered:

  1. Academic Writing
  2. Qualitative Research Skills
  3. Finishing your PhD
  4. Teaching Skills
  5. Quantitative Research Skills

How to book a workshop place

The training series uses an automated booking system called ‘Bookwhen’. The landing page on this site provides information about how to book, waiting lists, the possible addition of extra sessions, how to access and set up the Electa-Live virtual classroom software, which is used to host the sessions, and how to cancel a booking should that become necessary.

All sessions will open for booking three weeks before they are due to run. The opening session, for example, is due to run on Tues 5th Oct 2021. As a consequence, it will open for booking on Tues 14th Sept at 12pm (midday). The next session is due to run on Weds 6th Oct 2021, so it will open for booking on Weds 15th Sept 2021 at 12pm, and so on, throughout the year.

Booking is always competitive, particularly at the start of each academic year. Waiting lists will operate for sessions that are full (see the website for details) and extra sessions may be added to the schedule where there is sufficient demand. Additionally, if a session you wish to attend is full, you can request a recording.

To avoid disappointment, please try and book early but remember sessions are repeated throughout the year, every year. New PhD students often want to attend lots of workshops in their first few months so sessions fill quickly for October and November. However, this pace of learning isn’t necessarily sustainable or helpful. So if you are unable to secure a place in the first wave of bookings, please don’t feel you are at a disadvantage! And don’t forget, you can always request a recording to watch in your own time. Relatedly, if you secure a place and later find you cannot attend, please cancel your place so it can go to someone on the waiting list.


The workshop programme

View the programme handbook below (booking info on page 24).

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