The Centre for Academic Practice is committed to providing support for researcher development for staff and PhD students within the University. Workshops and events are offered throughout the year, with some specifically geared for staff and others aimed at research students.

For staff:

The Researcher Development Programme / Module is open to all members of staff. Participants may undertake the entire series of workshops or attend sessions on a ‘one-off’ basis, allowing them to focus on specific areas of interest. In addition to this programme, workshops are offered throughout the year for those wishing to develop their skills in areas such as supervising research or professional doctorate students, as well as sessions on themes such as graduate attributes, inter-disciplinarity, and research and teaching linkages.

For PhD students:

The Research Skills Training (RST) Programme, which is required for all research students, was designed in response to the Joint Statement of the UK Research Councils’ Training Requirements for Research Students. The Programme runs in the first semester and there is a two-part assessment involving a presentation and a written ‘Work in Progress’ piece. In addition to the RST Programme, there are ‘drop In’ sessions for SPSS / statistics, as well as workshops related to preparing for the viva and career development / employability for PhDs (see CAP Programme for dates).

Researcher Development for Staff

This module is part of the MSc in Professional and Higher Education and aims to develop skills in planning, managing, leading, supervising and communicating research. Although this programme is a part of the MSc, the module is open to any member of staff who wishes to participate. Staff can participate in the entire series of workshops or choose particular workshops on a ‘one-off’ basis.

The programme is offered in semester two of each academic year and runs fortnightly. Each workshop is approximately two hours long.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Using technologies for research
  • Identifying sources for grant funding
  • Engaging in KT and commercialisation activities
  • Writing successful grant applications
  • Writing for publication
  • Planning and managing research
  • Supervising research and leading research teams
  • Working with budgets and managing finances
  • Using the Vitae Researcher Development Framework to plan your research
  • View workshops tailored for Contract Researchers here To find out more information contact Dr Wendy Beautyman

Research Skills for Students

The Research Skills Training (RST) Programme is a requirement for all doctoral students at Queen Margaret University. The programme is run over three weeks throughout the academic calendar, with a one week session in the first semester and two week long sessions in the second semester. The assessment involves students giving a twenty minute presentation on their research topic and aims to offer students a chance to develop their presentation skills in a friendly and supportive environment.

The aim of the RST Programme is:

  • to enhance research students’ skills at the generic level by providing first year students (and beyond) an opportunity to develop skills in retrieving, managing, analysing and assimilating information
  • to foster communication and presentation skills
  • to learn about a variety of research methodologies
  • to understand the importance of ethics in research
  • to identify and plan their own training needs by means of the Vitae Researcher Development Framework

In addition, the programme aims to serve as a forum for sharing experiences and building a supportive research culture for students.

By the end of the programme, students will be able to:

  • identify and plan their own training needs by means of engaging with the Vitae Researcher Development Framework
  • use the library effectively and efficiently
  • use Reference Manager
  • explain the differences between, and the usages of, the major research families (qualitative and quantitative)
  • explain what is meant by ‘research ethics’ and be able to go through the process of gaining ethical approval for a project
  • use Pebble Pad for Personal Development Planning
  • develop a research question
  • explain and present research to a non-specialist audience

Topics include the following:

  • Understanding and using the Vitae Researcher Development Framework
  • Planning & managing research
  • Understanding research ethics
  • Using E-resources for research using Reference Manager
  • Working with your supervisor
  • Delivering effective presentations
  • Developing your research questions
  • Understanding the philosophical foundations of research methodologies
  • Using Personal Development Planning

To view a selection of workshops available to doctoral students please click here

For further information please contact Dr Wendy Beautyman

If you have any questions, or if you would like to suggest an idea for a workshop / event, please contact Dr Wendy Beautyman, Lecturer in Research Development and Support.