Research Training

It is important that you undertake appropriate research training to help you complete your thesis successfully and in good time. The College is fully committed to research training that is relevant, useful and which contributes to positive outcomes for its students, not least in enhancing your post-thesis employability. 

As a Humanities research student at Exeter you have access to a range of training and development opportunities to help you get the best out of your research and develop professionally. Each new student should discuss and agree their training needs with their supervisor, complete a training needs analysis, and upload their completed Humanities Training Needs Analysis form to MyPGR.  Existing students, and their supervisors, should keep a close eye on new requirements as they arise and review their Training Needs Analysis form each year, uploading the revised form to MyPGR annually.  Please note that the training needs analysis is intended as a tool for you to log and track your training needs, and how you are addressing these. It is not a mechanism to request training from the College or University and the logging of a particular training need does not mean that this requirement can necessarily be met in the College or the University. 

During the academic year, the College will be organising training events and seminars that complement your research and future career planning.  Further details will be circulated via email and posted on the PGR intranet space. 

A range of research methods training is also available through the auditing of masters level modules offered within the College.  These are likely to be especially useful as a source of discipline-related training. Elements from these should be selected as appropriate to complement and complete the student’s training.  Attendance on modules is at the discretion of the module tutor concerned.  Following consultation with their supervisors, students should contact module tutors to arrange attendance. 

Attendance and participation at departmental research seminars is another important element of training for all PhD students. Please see the College’s Events webpage for further details.    

The College also strongly encourages you to attend relevant sessions run as part of the University-wide Researcher Development Programme