Research Integrity and other Online Resources

epigeumRI_front-pagePGR development has recently acquired a range of online courses on Research Integrity, produced by the Epigeum group. These courses are designed to give postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers an essential understanding of responsible research practices in their area of study and aim both to give new Researchers an introduction to good practice in research, and to help PGRs prepare to advance their research career.

>> Courses on Research Integrity 
(UoL username/password is required)

The package includes five separate modules that cover the areas of Arts and Humanities, Biomedical Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Natural and Physical Sciences and Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Further Resources

PGR Development also provides a wide range of other Online resources which have now been moved to provide more direct access from our website at 

Web pages contining our Online resourcesThis online catalogue now includes:

  • Courses from Epigeum on Research Methods covering Literature Review, the Sciences, the Social Sciences and the Arts And Humanities
  • Resources on Poster  Preparation
  • Resources to improve your Career Management Skills
  • Resources to help you prepare for your Viva
  • Links to a useful range of PDF resources from Vitae.

Many resources can now be accessed directly, but some will require a University password. The packages on Research Writing and Presentation are currently under revision.

For further enquiries, please contact PGR Development Online Enquiries

Scientific Writing Session for Research Students:

PGR Development: Optional Programme.

 Scientific Writing Session for Research Students

Adam Mannis (School of Engineering)

17th January 1.30 – 4.00 – 126 Mt Pleasant

This course is now Full. New dates for Scientific writing will be added soon.

Uni'/Small Animal Hospital Leahurst

What is required for good science writing? This short workshop will help you identify the correct style and approach to writing for scientific papers and for your research thesis. The course will cover the following:

Effective Writing

  • Who is your reader?
  • How to write with precision
  • Using the correct grammar
  • How to Proof read
Organisation of the Text

  • Basic principles
  • Paragraphs and sentences
  • Sticking to the theme
  • Structuring your argument


  • Looking at the work of others
  • Hands on editing



PRACTICE: PGR Access to Career Training Inside Companies and Employers

Support grants are available to supervisors to develop Knowledge Exchange projects undertaken by research students. If you have a good idea for a suitable project please send the link to this blog post to your supervisor.

PRACTICE is a university funded scheme to develop a short Knowledge Exchange project that will enable supervisors and external colleagues in partner organisations to strengthen their working relationship. E.g. a partner with which they are already doing research or an organisation with which they would like to develop a feasibility project or similar. These mutually beneficial projects should last no longer than 12 weeks and can attract funding of up to £500. The funds can be used for travel and subsistence expenses for research students, specific equipment (e.g. safety clothing for working on site), hospitality for colleagues meeting with industry, and project outputs such as dissemination of research findings and presentations. The fund cannot be used to pay research students for their time.

There are 20 awards to be given out to each Faculty

Benefits for Supervisors:

  • Allows supervisors to be creative and to build and/or cement a relationship with an external organisation.

For you the PGR:

  • Fulfils their career development within the PGR Development Programme and can be done at a time to suit the  research project.
  • Opportunity to practice valuable skills (project management, organisational awareness, communication), and opportunities to build networks.
  • PGRs receive support from supervisor and the partner organisation.
  • PGRs gain the satisfaction of completing and presenting a finished short project in the field or industry related to their interests and expertise.

Partner Organisations gain the services of a PGR with a well thought out and planned project. Allows them to gain strong links with the university and to meet potential future employees.

Example Project: Working in the Field: Dissemination of Initial Research Project results within the China Clay Industry, Graham Stanier, Supervisors Tom Gresley and Catherine Robinson. As part of his research this project involved Graham creating a report for a consortium of China Clay extractors which enabled them to reduce their energy costs. The report was made available to all staff in the consortium and had to be written with the public communication of research in mind.

Application deadline 5.00 p.m. Friday 1st February 2013.

The projects must use this money by the end of July 2013. The form MUST be completed by your supervisor. For an application form click here:

Any enquiries please contact Dr Richard Hinchcliffe:

How are you using the new PGR Portfolio of Activity?

Administrative tool or an aid to your own professional development?

The PGR Portfolio of activity is a required part of the PGR Development programme for all Postgraduate Researchers (further details below) but it has been designed to be much more ….

How do you plan to use this tool?

RDF wheel including descriptorsRecord your professional development during your research degree: You can use the PGR Portfolio of Activity to record all non-spider training and other development activities. The Portfolio of Activity is aligned to the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) that has been ratified by the University for use by all Researchers. You can use this alignment to create a broad CV for both a future CV or for your progress as a researcher.

>>Introduction to the Researcher Developer Framework

The record also illustrates the range of opportunities available during your research degree

Document the skills achieved in your activities:  You can use the the terminology of the RDF descriptors to record the skills developed or gained through your professional activities, recorded as above. A description field for each activity allows you to add further explanation that might help in future applications. At the end of each year, the record will provide a simple audit of the skills that you are developing.

>> See our Introduction to the PGR Portfolio of Activity

Planning your development: By reviewing your skills and comparing this with the range of opportunities available to you, you can start to plan the activities you will need to engage in to help prepare for your future ambitions.

As a mandatory requirement: You are required to complete a minimal of one week additional professional experience gained during your research degree and to record this in the PGR Toolbox. The record should be emailed to your primary supervisor in May of each year, prior to the start of the Annual Progress Report procedure.

>> Annual Progression Requirements

This tool is a replacement for the record of training and generic activities that was formerly part of the Personal Development Record in Lusid.

Feedback: This is a new tool. Your suggestions for future development are welcome,   PGR Development Online Enquiries.

We hope to provide further face to face workshops early in the new year. New dates will be announced in this blog.