The Graduate School enables students to access transferable and employability skills training and development opportunities through the Postgraduate Development Programme (PGDP), which maps onto the skills areas outlined in the national Researcher Development Framework. The PGDP programme includes training courses, online learning, personal effectiveness programmes, developmental activity, peer-led seminars and one to one consultancy and advice.
Students can meet with the Graduate School team to discuss opportunities to participate in programmes. There is a monthly networking opportunity for students in the Graduate School, where students can discuss their progress and opportunities for further development.
The Graduate School supports students and academic staff in relation to Postgraduate Researcher Development Planning. Students in the first year of their RDP (ideally within the first two months of registration) should plan their initial development aims and objectives. Personal Development Planning should be carried out in conjunction with the student’s supervisory team, to agree the training and development requirements that need to be fulfilled in relation to their RDP. Students then take responsibility for undertaking the relevant development activity and recording the completion of aims and objectives on their Postgraduate Researcher Development Plan and Qsis record. Personal Development Plans should be reviewed and updated on a regular basis with the supervisory team, and discussed during Annual Progress Reviews.
The Queen’s Researcher Plus award provides official recognition of transferable skills and assists researchers in demonstrating them to employers.
A range of on-line learning tools is currently available within the Postgraduate Development Programme.