Training and Development

This page is designed to help you find SWDTP training courses. 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.

Upcoming SWDTP Funded Training Courses

Research and Academic Development

Centre for Qualitative Research: Core Training Workshops – April – June 2022

The Centre for Qualitative Research is running weekly online workshops for doctoral researchers funded by the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP).

Bringing together academics from across the SWDTP institutions interested in qualitative research, across disciplinary pathways, to collaboratively develop and deliver a programme of bespoke training for SWDTP doctoral researchers. These SWDTP-Funded Bespoke Qualitative Training Workshops will provide practical and cross-disciplinary qualitative training to SWDTP-funded doctoral scholars and others who are interested in qualitative training, through the collaborative resources of the SWDTP network.

Broadcast media interview training – 22 June (online) or 29 June (in person)

We are delighted to be able to offer you the opportunity to do some broadcast interview training with award-winning journalist Rachel Shabi!

A media and communications workshop designed to ensure that, the next time you address a rolling camera, an audience or an interview panel, you’re fully equipped to get your message across. This session covers a range of tips, techniques and broadcast skills including: engaging your audience and messaging; a quick formula for message prep; taking control of your interview; tackling nervousness; communicating academic research to a wider audience and building confidence and presence.

Due to the nature of the training, places are limited to six per session, so if you are interested in attending, email Molly by Monday 6 June. Please also send a few lines explaining why you would like to do the training, and how it relates to possible public/media engagement with your research etc. Please state clearly whether you would like to do the online or in-person course. 

Centre for Qualitative Research: Qualitative Innovation Series – Creative Approaches to Ethical Qualitative Research: Space for Everyone?, 8th June 2022, 1pm – 2:30pm

This series will consist of four stand-alone Demand-Led Qualitative Innovations sessions, delivered on a monthly basis, between May and July, to up to 300 students online. These sessions will provide a deeper and more theoretical exploration of qualitative methods.

Session Overview: Dr Shona McIntosh and Dr Rachel Wilder will discuss their recent work experimenting with creative, inclusive and alternative ways to do ethical qualitative research. Drawing from the example of an online seminar series exploring methodologies for epistemic justice, the speakers reflect on the issues of working collaboratively within hierarchical, patriarchal and Euro-centred research traditions. They reflect on the potentials and limitations of creative approaches to foster ethical, inclusive practice. This work is underpinned by a commitment to and interest in epistemic justice theory (Fricker, 2007) which focuses on whose knowledge is valued and whose voices are heard and listened to (e.g. Masaka, 2019).

Career Skills Training

Our Career skills training courses have either past or are currently sold out. Please see the external training resources below for more career skills training, or visit our Past Training Page for resources from past training sessions.

SWDTP Community and Wellbeing

Shut Up and Write and PGR social – 8 June, 12.30pm – 5pm, University of Bath, 1W, room 2.03

Advance notice that the SWDTP student reps meeting will be in Bath, on 8 June. As part of our time on campus, we are planning to run a ‘shut up and write’ session, open to all PGR students, regardless of whether you are funded by the SWDTP or not. For those of you who are not familiar with ‘shut up and write’, it means that we share a room and work together, with snacks nearby!

Molly and Eloise will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about funding opportunities, placements, collaborations etc. and then we end the whole thing together with a cup of tea and some cake!

So as well as giving you some focused time to write, this is also a space for questions, to connect with other social science PGRs, and to be ambushed by cake!

If you would like to join us, please let Molly know ( so we can organise catering appropriately.

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

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

External Training Resources