Over the course of a doctoral programme, a research student is expected to take approximately 30 days of training. To serve as a cumulative log during your studies and to help us track your progress towards this goal, you should maintain records of any training, formal or informal, which you have undertaken during your studies. This may include but is not limited to:
- Training courses or sessions you have attended or completed online. Please include personal development training (e.g. ‘how to write an academic cv’), as well as discipline-specific training, or language or IT training
- Other skills development. Examples include delivering a paper at a seminar, organizing an event, attending a conference.
You can upload your training events on the SITS System (please refer here for further information).
The SAS Doctoral Centre is responsible for an extensive programme of free research training taught in live or recorded sessions by staff from across the School and a selection of external tutors, and is available to all our students. We offer well-established discipline-specific research training (most notably in history, law, English, modern languages and music) as well as in specialist areas (palaeography, book history, Renaissance culture, medieval manuscript studies).The programme also includes the SAS research student conference, which provides research students with the opportunity to develop and receive feedback on their research and presentation skills. Full details of the programme are at: https://www.sas.ac.uk/current-students/student-services/research-training. Please contact the Head of Research Training, Kremena Velinova (email@example.com), if you have any questions or feedback about the programme.
Besides these resources within the School itself, SAS is a member of the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network (BPSN), a shared skills training programme that enables research students in participating institutions to attend training sessions at other member institutions, including UCL, KCL, Birkbeck and SOAS. SAS students are encouraged to take advantage of the free training available via BPSN.
The School is also a member of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP), which offers a free programme of arts and humanities training. This training is open to all SAS research students, although priority is given to LAHP-funded students where courses are oversubscribed.
Many other sources of training for researchers are available from other providers and agencies, often for free or comparatively cheaply (for example on online learning platforms such as Coursera and FutureLearn).
Study Online (the School’s Virtual Learning Environment) also hosts a number of tutorials aimed at developing your research knowledge and skills in relation to subjects such as research ethics and sharing your research in the digital world. The School is launching a new public research training platform (RESHAPED) this academic year with a range of cross-disciplinary and discipline-specific online training courses and resources. You will receive further details of how to access the new platform in autumn 2023
Many of the institutes provide specialised research training in subjects and techniques specific to their discipline. . Your Institute should inform you of training available for their own students but in most cases you’ll also be able to attend training offered by other Institutes which should be listed in the cross SAS events calendar.
External online research training
A multiplicity of online research training is available elsewhere:
- Vitae is a national organisation that exists to 'realise the potential of researchers' and offers lots of online advice and guidance, plus occasional face-to-face training opportunities, to researchers at all levels. There is a particular emphasis on employability and careers, which you might find helpful.
- Birkbeck offers online training and its packages on research ethics, for instance, are especially helpful.
We are happy to add to the list above. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you come across anything you think might be useful for others.