Skills and Career Development Consultations

These individual appointments provide advice that is tailored to your aims and preferred ways of working.

The advice is not subject-specific but instead focuses on general techniques and strategies to help you enhance your skills as a researcher. We provide advice on developing the skills needed to be successful, independent researchers.

Who is this service for?

Research students in all disciplines. We will offer support for all parts of the research process, typical issues discussed might include:

  • getting started on a research project
  • using your time effectively
  • how to interact effectively with your supervisor
  • writing research proposals and applying for funding
  • writing up your research

How to Book

Click here to book a research student consultation (you'll need your University IT account username and password).

Appointment Format

The study adviser will discuss with you the area you would like to develop and will identify strategies and techniques that you can put into practice. Consultations are usually twenty minutes in length, and you can make follow up appointments as necessary.

We do not provide a proof reading service. We cannot read whole drafts or check work. However, sample paragraphs taken from your work can be a useful focus for discussion.

What to Bring

To get the most out of the consultations, please bring along any relevant materials to aid discussion.

Examples of useful material to bring along:

  • feedback from your supervisors
  • work in progress (such as notes, plans or drafts)
  • module handbooks or departmental guidelines
  • assignment instructions
  • timetables, etc.

You can bring materials in paper format or on a memory stick (but we aren't able to print materials for you).

Please do not email any materials in advance. Materials can only be emailed by agreement with a study adviser following an initial consultation.

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