As researchers at Salford, you can take advantage of an extensive range of training 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 and early career rsearchers.
The SPoRT programme is aligned with the national Researcher Development Framework (RDF), which sets out the knowledge, behaviours and skills of successful researchers:
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. You can also fill in this Personal Development Planner to help set achievable targets for your personal development.
Blackboard: log in to acces resources from many of the SPoRT sessions
Other training 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 Library offer training sessions on ICT and information literacy.
The University-wide Language Programme provides an opportunity for Postgraduate Research students to gain language skills alongside their main area of research.
Careers and Employability (Student Life) offers a range of additional career development and skills training which PhD researchers can access alongside other students. Training includes the following areas:
A full service is available offering careers interviews, help with CVs, application and job interviews, careers information, and access to job vacancies, and volunteering information. For full up-to-date details go to the Careers & Employability web pages.