PGR Development website and programme for 2016-17

PGR Development web site – important changes

The PGR Development website has had a major restructuring for 2016-17, which we hope will make it easier for PGRs and staff to find essential information about  our programme offering and guidance on the PGR toolbox. Three main sections are affected by these changes:

webinarlistProgramme 2016 – This new section provides an introduction to our programme and the list of workshops, webinars and courses that we will offer in 2016-2017. The section also includes a list of our online resources and a guides to the University resources for professional development organised to the Researcher Development Framework. Follow the links below for details.

Please note: Only one workshop is currently available for booking as below. We are still finalising the main programme and we expect to announce workshop dates  and open booking in September or early October.

Your Development This is a new section that introduces professional development for postgraduate researchers, with guidance to help researchers start the process. The section also describes the specific parts of our programme for new researchers and advice for international researchers.

PGR Toolbox –This section introduces the PGR Toolbox and software contained within this part of Liverpool Life, together with the institutional requirements and further links to our supporting online tutorials.

Delivering Academic presentations 20 Sept 1-4 pm  

Booking is now open for this  half-day workshop which offers an experiential learning experience to develop  and gain advanced presentation skills within a supportive environment.

>> Booking form

Places are limited but we will be offering this workshop regularly during 2016-17

The Brilliant Club – Tutor Information session 22nd Aug

1 -2 pm Monday 22nd Aug
Careers and Employability centre, 150 Mount Pleasant

Please email Ben Toleman at  email  at to confirm your attendance.

The Brilliant Club Placements: A paid opportunity for PhD researchers to teach their own research!

We have recently engaged in a pilot project with the Brilliant Club to support a new school based Outreach programme and are now looking to extend this programme.

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small tutorial groups of high-performing pupils in schools that serve communities with a low participation rate in Higher Education.

Tutors are placed in a school to work with two groups of four or six high-performing pupils, delivering a series of tutorials that takes them beyond the curriculum and help to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition necessary to secure places at top universities. Tutors will be supported by a training programme consisting of two full-day sessions and will accompany their pupils on a university trip, which will include their introductory tutorial.

In addition to earning £450 per placement, successful candidates will gain valuable teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of the UK education system and develop a programme of tutorials drawing on elements of their own research with a chance to disseminate it to a non-expert audience. As well as this, they will also join a cohort of like-minded researchers who are interested in widening access to highly-selective universities.

If you have any queries please contact Ben Tolemon, Widening Participation at