The Researcher Toolkit

Workshop and webinar programme designed to help you lead a productive, positive and balanced PhD life

The Researcher Toolkit has been designed by PhD students, for PhD students. Developed in response to postgraduate researchers asking for a little more support and guidance with their research degrees, and more opportunities to share thoughts and ideas with others.

The project sees trained and experienced postgraduate researchers deliver five different workshops to their peers. Each workshop is delivered twice in the academic year and four area repeated as a webinar.

Our workshops are designed to be different, but also to complement one another. Topics covered include: starting your project; getting the most out of your supervisory team; and finishing on time. We think they will be particularly useful in your first year of study, but we’ve had excellent feedback from students at all stages. We wanted these workshops to be accessible, so they are all delivered as webinars as well as classroom sessions.

Initial feedback on the workshops has been overwhelmingly positive. Students have said that they find these workshops enjoyable, helpful, informal, and fun, and they love that it gives them the perfect opportunity to meet other students and make friends. 

A key benefit is that the workshops have been designed by PhD students, and they are peer-delivered. We have a fantastic group of postgraduate workshop leaders who have been there and done it, and they are incredibly passionate about sharing their knowledge and experiences with you. Some of our workshop leaders are students who attended the sessions, and appreciated them so much that they wanted to be a part of them.

It was well thought through, engaging and inspirational.

Workshop information and resources