New portal for spider – new location for PGR Toolbox – 2nd Sept 2013

GR Toolbox  in Liverpool Life

View of the new PGR Toolbox page in Liverpool Life

On 2nd Sept 2013 “Liverpool Life”  will replace the SPIDER Student Web portal.

Liverpool Life will provide access to all components of the current PGR Toolbox: the Record of Supervisory Meetings, the PGR Portfolio of Activity and the Record of Formal Training.

The URL for the new portal is

liverpool-life.liv.ac.uk   – log in using your normal username and password

(From 2nd Sept 2013, you will be re-directed here from the Spider login)

>> Further  information about Liverpool Life   (Student Administration website)

Once logged in, the PGR Toolbox should appear in the tabs near the top of the screen.

>> Guide to the new layout for the PGR Toolbox in Liverpool Life

Liverpool Life provides a user-friendly interface to access student records and the PGR Toolbox applications. The information is targeted to help users see only the information most directly relevant to their student status.

Only MPhil/PhD/MD/DDSC students can view the PGR Toolbox.

Within the tabbed pages of Liverpool Life, the information is separated into a display of small windows.

The Record of Supervisory meetings should always be visible in the centre top of the PGR Toolbox page. Other windows on the page will appear according to whether you are a new student, a full or part-time student or if you have submission pending status.

Further notes

This new interface serves to give access to the existing PGR Toolbox software provided in spider.

Following your feedback in the survey in February/March, we have been in discussion with Computing Services to implement a number of improvements and bug fixes, which include increasing the character count in input fields and, for the Portfolio of Activity, there is a fix to problems relating to editing items and improvements to the order of records. Further work is in progress.

Vitae Leadership in Action open for bookings

jump19-22 November, Windermere

For research staff and postgraduate researchers

“I attended the ‘Leadership in Action’ course expecting to pick up a few tips, the odd insight. I left 6 inches taller, with increased confidence, team skills and satisfaction”

This programme provides researchers the opportunity to:

  • explore team leadership in theory and in practice
  • influence people towards a common goal/purpose
  • understand personal strengths and weaknesses as a leader
  • recognise achievements to create success within your research team
  • explore personal values and how these affect decisions
  • work with a team of experienced leaders from a range of career backgrounds
  • receive feedback on personal leadership styles and identify how these can be further developed.
  • Attendance fulfils the Careers requirement for your PGR Development Programme. See the section on Leadership In Action on the PGR Development website: http://www.liv.ac.uk/pgr-development/careers-development/workshops//
  • See also the previous post on GRADschools:http://pgrnews.liverpool.ac.uk/?p=948

To find out more and to book your place, please visit: www.vitae.ac.uk/lia2013

Cost and eligibility 

This event is for research staff and doctoral researchers. The fee is £730+VAT and it covers expert coaching and facilitation, materials, accommodation and all meals. Travel to the venue is not included.You will be expected to meet this cost out of any training and development funds held by either you or your supervisor. All research students are eligible to attend.

Vitae GRADschool open for bookings

moin22-25 October, Windermere

For postgraduate researchers

“It has probably been the best personal/life development course I have ever done.”

GRADschools are three day practical learning and development programmes which enable postgraduate researchers to reflect upon and develop their skills. The programme gives researchers the opportunity to:

  • develop professional and personal effectiveness
  • broaden your skills for becoming a more effective researcher, such as communication, team working, project planning, and decision-making.
  • plan and manage the next steps of your career
  • understand yourself and challenge your assumptions
  • meet doctoral researchers and experienced tutors from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds, countries, and career stages

Attendance fulfils the Careers requirement for your PGR Development Programme, see www.liv.ac.uk/pgr-development/careers-development/workshops/

To find out more and to book your place, please visit: www.vitae.ac.uk/gradschool2013.

Cost and eligibility 

The fee is £695+VAT and it covers expert tutors, materials, half a day at an outdoor activity centre, accommodation and meals. Travel to the venue is not included. You will be expected to meet this cost out of any training and development funds held by either you or your supervisor. All research students are eligible to attend.