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 and Events


Viva Survivor – online training with Dr Nathan Ryder Friday 10th March 2023, 10am-1pm


Viva Survivor is a comprehensive, online session all about preparing for your viva. Over the course of three hours Dr Ryder explores what the viva is all about, what you need to know and do, and how you can get yourself ready – both in terms of practical preparations and confidence building. 

If you are interested in attending, please contact Molly.



Broadcast Media Training with Rachel Shabi

22 February 2023 day-long media workshop

Join award- winning journalist Rachel Shabi for a full day online broadcast media workshop.

Rachel has reported extensively on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the wider Middle East region, from the war between Lebanon and Israel in 2006, the Gaza war of 2008 and the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. She writes for a variety of international publications including the Guardian, The New York Times, The London Times, The Independent, The Nation and the New York Review of Books. Rachel is a regular commentator across broadcast media, including BBC News, Sky News, CNN and Al Jazeera English.

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. You will have the opportunity to practice some of the techniques in breakouts. By the end of the session, you will have the confidence and ability to take media requests – even at short notice.

Contact Molly to be added.


Podcast Workshops – 15th and 29th March 2023

Back due to popular demand! We will be running two podcast workshops on 15th and 29th March 2023. These will take place online from approx. 10:00-16:00. 

The workshop will: 

  • offer insights into how academics can use podcasting to engage, collaborate, communicate for impact
  • provide the knowledge, skills and understanding you need to launch your own podcast or to collaborate with others to produce one


Effective Networking Training – 2 February 2023 – day-long workshop (09:00 – 17:00)

Join Pete Baillie from VOX at the SWDTP Offices, 1 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 ITX.

Most of us feel our confidence slip as we move beyond the familiar. 

We may be relaxed and outgoing when we’re in the company of people we know – but put us among strangers and we’re much less comfortable. That’s why live networking occasions can feel more like nightmares than opportunities to find interesting and useful connections. Luckily there are ways of learning to thrive outside our comfort zone – to engage constructively with people whose background, status and world view may be very different from our own.

VOX’s Personal Impact and Confident Networking course generally covers the following interrelated topics: • Understanding status and how it affects communication • Reading body language, vocal tone and other signals • Feeling confident in unfamiliar environments • Getting your message across in networking situations • Speaking so that others want to listen • Overcoming cultural barriers • Strengthening your natural communication style

If you are interested in joining this course, please contact Molly.


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

External Training Resources