Research Students

During your time at GCU the Graduate School aims to provide opportunities for you to develop your own unique set of skills and expertise, both to assist with your research project but also to provide desirable skills for employment beyond your doctorate.  While there are many Researcher Development workshops which will be relevant to you, we would also encourage you to take advantage of all opportunities for seminar participation, poster presentation, conference attendance and other academic citizenship activities. ‌

Our workshop programme is subject to change; this is not an exhaustive list but it indicates the type of workshops taking place. For more detailed information, please contact the Graduate School (

Academic Writing

First Year Doctoral Writing series

Second Year Doctoral Writing series

Final Year Doctoral Writing series

Essentials of Academic Writing for International Students

Writing Retreats

Write Time

How to Write in Plain English with Steven Vass

RDC2 Workshop - Academic writing advice for completing your RDC2 form

What’s the (Punctuation) Point?

Systematic Literature Review series

Researcher Development


Induction catch-up and orientation

Public Engagement series

Narrative Inquiry Research Interest Group

Careers Management Skills - Job Interviews

How to be an Effective Researcher

Media Training

Creating a Research Poster

Peer Review Workshop with Sense about Science

Grounded Theory

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Workshop

Univariate Time Series Modelling and Forecasting 

Introduction to Quantitative Techniques for Research (Regression Analysis)


An introduction to NVivo

Advanced Readings Course “Quality in Qualitative Research”


The Careers Service is a dedicated resource for all students at GCU, including research students, with information on their page.


Vitae is a UK-wide organisation dedicated to researcher development and their website has a wealth of information for researchers.  GCU is a member of Vitae so login with your university email to have access to all the resources on the site.  

Library (The Saltire Centre)

The library is open 7 days a week, with support available from staff at The Library Desk. Your student card is your library card and you are automatically a member of the library.  when you register. The library homepage can be viewed here.