External Opportunities

The Graduate School Researcher Development Team hand-select the most relevant, exciting external opportunities from our University partners and beyond to provide inspiration to guide your development and expand your network. Please see below for the latest opportunities and events:

UEA Online Training Series for PGRs 2019/20

The ‘University of East Anglia (UEA) Online Training Series’ offers research and professional skills training for postgraduate research students (PGRs) in a ‘live-taught’ online format. Training sessions are delivered via a virtual classroom. Below is a full list of the modules. For individual sessions and relevant dates for 2019/20 please email the Graduate School.

For your convenience, the training has been organised into five modules, each focused on a specific area/topic. You are free to sign up for individual sessions (and not a whole module) if you prefer. Here is a full schedule of the modules, individual sessions, and relevant dates for 2019/20:


(1) What Should a Literature Review Do?;

(2) Writing Effectively;

(3) Academic Publishing;

(4) Writing & Structuring an Effective Thesis



(1) A Comparison of Qualitative Methods;

(2) Qualitative Interviewing;

(3) Analysing Qualitative Data



(1) Preparing for your Viva;

(2) Securing a First Academic Post;

(3) Preparing Impactful Research Proposals & Grant Applications



(1) Preparing & Delivering Seminars;

(2) Preparing & Delivering Lectures;

(3) Assessment, Feedback, & Module Design



(1) A Beginner’s Guide to Quantitative Research;

(2) An Introduction to Scale Development;

(3) An Introduction to SEM

Currently there are two options available if you would like to book your place:

1)    By visiting this website, you will be able to register your place for individual sessions or modules. Please note that there is a limited amount of places shared by other subscribing universities, and registrations are accepted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

2)    We also offer bespoke UEA Online Training Series for GCU research students and staff only. Please email the Graduate School to find out more about this.

To download the handbook outlining the series click here: UEA Online Training for PGRs 19/20‌.

Career Management for Early Career Academic Researchers

On this course you will answer these questions and more, considering how to manage you career and reflecting on what you want out of a career as an early career academic researcher. Find out more about this course on the Future Learn - Career Management for Early Career Academic Researchers website.

Scottish Crucible 2019

Scottish Crucible inspires greater creativity and innovation via collaboration and cooperation between highly accomplished and skilled individuals with diverse backgrounds and from a broad range of Scottish organisations. It offers the highest quality personal development experience for competitively-selected ‘research leaders of the future’ from academia, research institutes and business.

Keep an eye on the Scottish Crucible page to see the latest call for applications.

Vitae Online Guide: Starting your PhD

Starting a PhD can seem daunting, but taking a professional approach to your development from the start can help make the path smoother, and enable you to be a more successful researcher in the long run.

You will find some helpful advice to making a successful start in your research from Vitae 

Please note that you will need to be registered to the Vitae website with your university address to access some of this content.

Scottish Graduate School of Social Science

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) is the UK's largest facilitator of funding, training and support for doctoral students in social science. By combining the expertise of sixteen universities across Scotland, the school facilitates world-class PhD research. The school is funded jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Scottish Funding Council. If you are a research student whose research involves any discipline in social sciences, follow this link to find out what kind of support and training you can get from SGSSS.

Research Innovation Scotland

Research Innovation Scotland (RIS) showcases the wide range of activities happening across the Scottish R&I landscape - alerts and educates academics, research students and businesses on opportunities for collaboration and ignites new cross-sector partnerships that drive economic and social change.

This mission is achieved through Research Pooling, which supports national collaboration allowing Scotland, as a small, ambitious and well-connected country, to match the best in the world in research and innovation. Check their interactive map on the website to see how these SFC-funded initiatives can help you.