Department of Engineering

Professional Development

Professional Development

First-Year Students

A wide variety of Research Skills and Professional Development activities are provided by the Department of Engineering, the School of Technology and the University. All first-year students in the Department are required to attend a Researcher Development Course (RDC), which is a compulsory programme of researcher development activities/skills training provided by research groups/Divisions in Engineering for PhD students in their first year. 'Researcher Development' is about developing YOU as a researcher. The RDC plays a crucial role in helping you to develop the skills you need to successfully complete your PhD, such as writing and presenting your research, which are essential to success in the first year assessment.Most groups meet once a week during term-time.

The following workshops arranged by the Department are useful in your first-year :

  • How to Write a First Year Report
  • How to be an Effective Researcher
  • Planning Your Personal Skills Development 
  • Making the Most of your Presentation 

In addition the Department's Library offers a number of useful research-related training courses (Current Timetable) and the Department's Language Unit offers a wide variety of course in foreign languages as well as English for non-native speakers.

Second- and Third-Year Students

There are no compulsory researcher development courses for students in their second and third years. However you are strongly encouraged to  take advantage of the numerous researcher development opportunities offered by the University such as  the Researcher Development Programme (RDP) workshops.

The Department's workshop: 'Finishing Up and Moving On' is particularly useful for students in their last year. At this stage you are concentrating on writing up as soon as possible but it is well worth taking the time to attend this course.

 Skills Training is offered by the Researcher Development Programme, the University Library and the University's Computing Service Students are also advised to register with the University's Careers Service to take advantage of the opportunities and events on offer.

Writing Skills mentoring sessions are available to all Research Students, up to a maximum of three, one-to-one, personalised sessions can be booked, subject to availability. Dates for these sessions are advertised a term in advance.