Registration opens for University Poster Day 2013

PGR Development is pleased to announce that the University Poster Day 2013 will take place on Thursday, 11th of April 2013 between 9am and 3pm in the central atrium of the University of Liverpool’s new Central Teaching Laboratories (CTL). This annual research event is open to the public and features 270 individual postgraduate research poster presentations drawn from all disciplines across the Institution.

PGR Development hereby invites second year full-time and third or fourth year part-time Research Postgraduate Students to register for participation on Spider, under the code APPR002.

Students more advanced into their PhD, who have not yet completed this part of the PGR Development Programme, are particularly urged to register for participation as soon as possible.

The Participant Registration Deadline is Monday, 18th February 2013.

Students who cannot attend on the day, may consider participation at Poster Day Online instead. Poster Day Online will run from 8th April to 29th April 2013. For further details please visit  our website at

In addition to the benefits of developing presentation and communication skills for Postgraduate Researchers, the Poster Day event also encourages an interdisciplinary dialogue and opens new routes for collaboration. As a knowledge exchange event, it helps Postgraduate Researchers enhance their research by providing opportunities to exchange ideas and views with fellow researchers, University staff, policy makers and the wider public in a friendly and supportive environment.

Below you can view pictures from successful previous events, held in Mountford Hall, Liverpool Guild of Students in recent years.

Poster Day 2012 photo gallery

Poster Day 2011 photo gallery

Further information on Poster Day 2013, including details on poster presentation workshops, event guidelines and online resources will be available on PGR website in due course.

We wish you all the best in your research endeavours and look forward to meeting you on 11th of April !


PGR Toolbox: Phase 2 and the PGR Portfolio of Activity

Phase 2 of the PGR Toolbox has now been released. The revisions include several important features that improve the Record of Supervisory Meetings:

  •  Second (and third) supervisors can now sign-off a supervisory meeting. However this is only by agreement from the primary supervisor. Primary supervisors need to follow the instructions on the link below:  How to permit second supervisors to sign-off supervisory meetings
  •  Students can upload documents with their pre-meeting agenda.
  •  Meetings arranged in advance can be entered into the Outlook calendars for both staff and students. Both can opt-out of this arrangement.
  •  The rule by which students could only enter 2 meetings that were not signed off by their supervisor, has been removed.

Phase 2 also introduces the new PGR Portfolio of Activity

The four domains of the RDF

Diagram of the 4 RDF domains

This new tool is designed for you to record  all professional and personal development undertaken during your research. The tool is aligned to the Researcher Development Framework, produced by Vitae and contains an optional and flexible, form of skills audit, to allow you to record the skills gained as you progress in your degree.

You are strongly encouraged to begin using this tool as soon as possible; use of the tool is required for annual progression each year.
(This tool replaces the Record of training and Generic skills used in the former PDR.)

A new Record of Formal Training is due for release shortly.

Tutorials and Guidance

A new package of online tutorials, videos and advice, has been developed to help you use these tools, see

Alternatively, you may choose to attend informal drop-in sessions, to ask questions and learn more about the tools in a friendly face-to-face environment.

For further information on these sessions, see other posts in this blog.

Further website information

For information for students,

Further advice and help for supervisors can be found at,