Training and Development

This page is designed to help you find SWDTP training courses and to read about how the SWDTP devises its student focused training programme.

The South West Doctoral Training Partnership is committed to taking an innovative approach to training and development.

The SWDTP offers flexible, collaborative, and responsive training in accordance with student need. Our training programme ensures a strong foundation, emphasizing theoretical and methodological understanding, and the flexibility needed by the next generation of social scientists to address key social and global challenges in their diverse careers.

We monitor the training needs of our students in a variety of ways, including via our Training Needs Analysis (TNA) process, through the views of our Pathway Leads and academic contacts, and through our Student Reps’ advice. If you wish to suggest a form of training that you believe would assist you and your fellow students in their development please contact us via the form below.

Upcoming SWDTP Funded Training Courses

Research and Academic Development

Decolonising Social Research Seminar Series

The Decolonising Social Research seminar series is for doctoral researchers (and their supervisors) at any and every stage of the doctoral journey, who aspire for their research to contribute towards decolonisation in any space or form. Through the short series of events, we aim to stimulate debate around the tough questions that decolonisation poses for social research, to forge supportive networks across universities of the South West and to signpost readings and resources. Across the series, we will engage with the work of established scholars who have published on different aspects of decolonising research, the ideas and experiences of early career researchers, as well as representatives of marginalised groups, whose knowledge has historically been excluded from the academy.

Perspectives on Research and Work in Developing and Transitional Countries – 15th December 11:00-12:30

This webinar, developed in collaboration with the AHRC SWWDTP, will cover multiple facets of doing research and working in developing and transitional countries in the field of Defence and Security, but of wider relevance to colleagues from many different humanities and social science disciplines.

Panellists, including the SWDTP’s Global Political Economy Pathway Lead from Bristol University, Dr Roddy Brett, will bring decades of experience to illustrate and discuss the challenges and opportunities of academic research and of those brought about by capacity building or consultancy work delivered in some testing environments.


Career Skills Training

All of our career skills training sessions are currently sold out. Click here for information about past and sold out career skills training.


Health and Wellbeing

Group Study/Writing Sessions

Every Wednesday afternoon from 14:00-16:30 the SWDTP will be running group study sessions. We hope that this will foster a collaborative and supportive environment within which our students can work whilst work spaces are lacking.

Every hour or so we will make space for optional breakout rooms for discussions of work and socialising.

For more information please email Helen Stanton.


PGR Skills training courses are available at each institution across the partnership. Details for each location are as follows:

Bristolhttp://www.bristol.ac.uk/doctoral-college/ppd/whats-available/catalogue/

Bathhttp://www.bath.ac.uk/guides/your-professional-development-a-guide-for-doctoral-students/#the-doctoral-skills-programme

Exeterhttps://as.exeter.ac.uk/rdp/

Plymouthhttps://www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/your-studies/the-graduate-school/researcher-development-programme

UWEhttp://www1.uwe.ac.uk/research/postgraduateresearchstudy/skillsdevelopment.aspx


External Training Resources

NCRM: National Centre for Research Methods Logo and Link to website

Current NCRM training courses can be found at this link – NCRM Research Methods Training or you can search for NCRM training courses on their website NCRM Training Courses and Events

NCRM also offer a wide range of online resources (audio and video podcasts, online courses, publications, links to external resources which you may find relevant – NCRM Resources


Training and Events | SWDTP

The UK Data Service has a series of webinars regarding data. Slides and recordings of UK Data Service webinars are made available on our past events pages and YouTube channel soon after the event has taken place.

To find out more and book a space onto a webinar, please head to the UK Data service’s events page


In addition, all students from GW4 institutions can access training at other GW4 institutions, space permitting (priority goes to each institution’s students). This applies to all training listed on their catalogue. Further information is available on the GW4 website. For those students who are not registered at a GW4 institution (Bath/Bristol/Exeter/Cardiff), HEIs will typically allow you to attend training if space permits.  If you want to book onto training at another GW4 institution, you just need to contact that institution to request this. Details on how to do so is available on the webpage above.


Vitae is an international programme of professional development for researchers.  They run a range of courses on areas such as making the best of your research, effective presentation and leadership.


The ESRC funds a range of data and methods services to support research and study. It provides resources needed to access high quality socio-economic data and to develop research skills.

The Skills and Careers page on the ESRC website provides links to ESRC Media Training, the Peer Review Training Tool and the Impact Toolkit.


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The Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) manages four British cohort studies: the 1958 National Child Development Study, the 1970 British Cohort Study, Next Steps and the Millennium Cohort Study.


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CLOSER supports the use of longitudinal research.  Key resources include reading lists and summaries of findings, and a search platform to help find out what data has been collected across all eight studies in the CLOSER partnership.


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Understanding Society is a major longitudinal survey of around 40,000 UK households. The site contains information on the survey, as well ad research articles, reports and policy briefings based on this survey.


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The Administrative Data Research Network enables accredited researchers to access securely held de-identified linked administrative data for research that has potential to benefit society.


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Census and Administrative data Longitudinal Studies Hub promotes and supports ONS LS, SLS and NILS datasets which hold up to 40 years of individual-level data including census and linked administrative data.