Postgraduate researcher workshops

The Researcher Development Programme offers workshops to help you develop transferable and employability skills that will be invaluable for your doctoral research and broader professional development.

You will need to register your place on a workshop through Surrey Self-Service, under the tab 'Researcher Development Details.' You can find out more in our how to book a workshop guide (PDF)

Workshop registration

What's on offer

Scroll down to view our workshop schedule.

If you are particularly interested in a specific workshop but have been unable identify a convenient session, we would encourage you to let us know by emailing We always endeavour to be responsive to demand, and we may be able to let you know when the next session will be scheduled, provide you with slides and supporting materials, or offer you a one-to-one discussion of the workshop content.

Workshop delivery

The RDE team offer workshops both in person and as virtual events.

In-person workshops:

In-person workshops take place in the Researcher Development Training Room on the fifth floor of the library (09LB05).  N.b. There is no option to participate virtually in an in-person workshop (i.e. no hybrid sessions), so if you cannot attend an in-person workshop in person then please cancel your booking.

Online workshops:

If you are booked to attend an online workshop, then a link will be emailed to you on the morning of the workshop, once we know the definite attendee list. 

Virtual support

We have produced a booklet summarising virtual key support and resources available to postgraduate researchers, which you can view on SurreyLearn.

Throughout this time, we would like to reassure you that the Researcher Development team is here to support you. We monitor the RDP inbox throughout normal working hours and the team is available to have one-to-ones for those wanting bespoke skill development/planning, academic writing and careers coaching support, or even if you just need to talk something through with someone. 

We will also be looking at new and innovative ways to extend and enhance our support. If you have any suggestions or ideas of how we can better support our researchers, send the team an email:

Online training modules

Race equality

The University runs an Introduction to Race Equality training module, which is available not only to staff and ECRs, but also PGR students. Visit SurreyLearn to find out more and complete the module.

Open research

Whether you are new to Open Research or already engage with open practices, this module encourages you to turn knowledge to practice and to share your own knowledge and experience with the researcher community. Find out more on SurreyLearn.

Compulsory workshops

There are three compulsory workshops all postgraduate researchers (PGRs) attend during their doctorate. These typically run at least every six weeks throughout the calendar year.

For full workshop details and to register please log into Surrey Self-Service. You can find out about how to book workshops using this guide (pdf).


When to book onto the compulsory workshops:

Every doctorate is different and when you book onto each of the compulsory modules will vary for each individual student, but the following is a rough guide:

We recommend you attend the 'Welcome to your Doctorate' workshop within the first 3 months of beginning your doctorate.

We recommend you attend the 'Confirmation Process' workshop between 2-3 months before your Confirmation.  This is usually 6-12 months into a doctorate for most full-time researchers or 21-22 months for part-time researchers.

We recommend you attend the 'Viva Examination' workshop in the final year of your doctoral study, but ideally no earlier than 6 months before your viva, in order for you to gain maximum benefit from the workshop.




05-Jun-2410.00 - 12.00Viva Examination - Virtual
06-Jun-2410.00 - 12.00Confirmation Process - In Person
13-Jun-2410.00 - 12.00Welcome To Your Doctorate - In Person
18-Jun-2414.00 - 16.00Welcome To Your Doctorate - Virtual
20-Jun-2414.00 - 16.00Viva Examination - In Person
25-Jun-2410.00 - 12.00Viva Examination - Virtual
27-Jun-2414.00 - 16.00Confirmation Process - In Person


03-Jul-2414.00 - 16.00Confirmation Process - Virtual
17-Jul-2410.30 - 12.30Viva Examination - Virtual
25-Jul-2410.30 - 12.30Confirmation Process - In Person
25-Jul-2414.00 - 16.00Viva Examination - In Person
30-Jul-2410.30 - 12.30Welcome To Your Doctorate - Virtual

Compulsory workshop descriptions

Optional skills development and workshops

View the schedule below of upcoming RDP events and training. Use the subsequent menus to learn more about the training on offer for PGRs.

For full workshop details and to register please log into Surrey Self-Service. You can find out about how to book workshops using this guide.



4-Jun-2411.00 - 13.00Writing Critically - Virtual
5-Jun-2410.00 - 13.00MINI Writing Retreat - Virtual
7-Jun-2410.00 - 12.00Poster Presentations - In Person
10-Jun-2410.00 - 12.00Growing and Maintaining your Supervisory Relationship - In Person
11-Jun-2411.00 - 13.00Writing Coherently - Virtual
11-Jun-2414.00 - 16.00Engaging with your Literature: Critical Reading and Thinking - Virtual
12-Jun-2410.00 - 12:30Writing Cafe - In Person
18-Jun-2411.00 - 13.00Writing Concisely - Virtual
21-Jun-2410.00 - 13.00MINI Writing Retreat - Virtual
21-Jun-2410.00 - 12.00Driving your Doctorate: Time and Project Management - In Person
25-Jun-2411.00 - 13.00Writing a Confirmation Report - Virtual
26-Jun-2411.00 - 13.00Getting Started with Thesis Writing - Virtual
28-Jun-2410.00 - 12.00Engaging with your Literature: Critical Reading and Thinking - In Person


02-Jul-2411.00 - 13.00Thesis Writing: The Literature Review - Virtual
04-Jul-2410.30 - 12.30Introduction to qualitative analysis: Principles of thematic analysis - In Person
05-Jul-2410.00 - 13.00MINI Writing Retreat - Virtual
09-Jul-2410.30 - 13:00Writing Cafe - In Person
09&10-Jul-2409.15 -
NVivo 2 Day Workshop - Virtual
10-Jul-2411.00 - 13.00Writing a Thesis by Publication - Virtual
15&16-Jul-2409.30 - 17.002-day Summer Writing Retreat - Hybrid
22-Jul- 2414.00 - 16.30After the doctorate what next? Career options with a PhD - Virtual

*Demonstration workshops are compulsory for PGRs who will be demonstrating.

Optional skills development and workshop descriptions

Academic writing

Career and professional development

We run a number of workshops for preparing for your professional life after the doctorate. The careers team within the RDE offer a range of workshops to support you with your professional development and transition to employment after the doctorate, both within and beyond academia. Tailored workshops can be offered on request. In addition to the Careers Workshops, you can book a Careers 121 with one of our professional Careers Consultants, either book via Surrey Pathfinder here or email 

Research and information skills

We provide a number of tools and training for managing your research literature and data.

Publishing and presenting

Publishing and presenting are essentials skills for researchers. RDP run a number of workshops to support researcher development in these areas.

Project and self-management


If you are planning on teaching during your doctorate, or wish to pursue an academic career, you may consider the teaching training on offer through RDP and the Department of Higher Education.

23 Things: Digital tools for your professional and personal development

23 Things international is a unique annual collaboration between universities around the world, offering participants fantastic opportunities to build their network, develop skills with research tools, and establish their professional profile. The Universities of Cambridge, Otago and Florida, Auckland University of Technology, and Avondale University College invite you to explore some amazing connections. The course is also open to members of Techne and SeNSS institutions, and the Africa Research Excellence Fund. 

Our aim is for this course to suit researchers at different stages of their careers, including doctoral researchers, early career researchers and supervising academics. Whether you’re looking for project management tools, careers coaching, or a refresher in new apps and websites, there will be something for you. With the right support and community discussion, this should be valuable for everyone from beginner to expert.

The course consists of 23 ‘Things’, each of which is a useful tool or technique that you may not have encountered before, or may want to develop further. We release a blog post each week with two new Things (plus a couple of break weeks), so you can work through them to a simple regular timetable, or at your own pace. Most of the Things invite you to complete a short task to trial or reflect on the tools.

We also put you into 'pods' with researchers from other institutions who work in a related field - instant global network! By the end of the course we hope you will have your own professional academic website and profile, as well as hands-on experience with the tools discussed.

Learn more on the 23 Things website.