Training & Development

As researchers at Salford, you can take advantage of an extensive range of development activities. The Salford Postgraduate Research Training (SPoRT) programme is designed to help you develop the skills needed for effective research and transferable skills to enhance your employability, whether you are planning a career in academia or elsewhere in the public or private sectors. It is open to all postgraduate researchers.

Salford's research development programme is aligned with the national Researcher Development Framework (RDF), which sets out the knowledge, behaviours and skills of successful researchers. Click on the diagram below to link to the relevant training sessions. 

Knowledge and Intellectual abilities Personal Effectiveness Research Governance and Organisation Engagement, Influence and Impact

Researchers are encouraged to reflect on training and development activity throughout the PhD. You may find it useful to look at the full descriptors for the RDF and use this to prioritise your own areas of development. Researcher Training and Development at Salford is overseen by the Researcher Development Working Group who act as an advisory and consultative forum at key stages of the design and development of researcher training aimed at PGRs, ECRs and Academic Staff.

Other development opportunities within the university

In addition to the broad set of 'generic' skills which SPoRT provides, your Research Centre or School will be able to provide details of specific training opportunities available in your particular area of study. We would strongly encourage you to take advantage of both sets of training opportunities.

Postgraduate Researchers can also take advantage of the following:

English for Academic Purposes provide language support and in-sessional classes, which are free to all students whose first language is not English.

Wordscope is a programme of writing tuition workshops available to any student who wants to improve their academic writing.

The AskUS service in University House offer a range of additional career development and skills training which PhD researchers can access alongside other students. Training includes the following areas:

The University is committed maintaining the wellbeing of doctoral researchers and has developed the University of Salford PGR Well-being Concordat to illustrate how our PGRs are supported.