Accessing appropriate training Accessing appropriate training

School Training Provision

Your home school will typically provide some relevant PGR training provision, often featuring a weekly or bi-weekly research seminar series led by academics from UEA and/or senior academics invited from other institutions. Many schools organise and deliver a range of subject-specific training sessions for their own PGR students and they may also have relevant Master's provision which you can attend. Details of your school provision can be accessed via your supervisory team and/or through your school PGR Director. The PGR Directors for the various schools and their contact details are as follows:

Faculty/University Training Provision

The Faculty provides two main training platforms for PGR students, the Personal and Professional Development (or PPD) provision and the Advanced Training (or AT) programme. The former primarily offers core training in research and transferable skills, but it also provides some selected coverage of research methods. Events on the latter programme typically provide training in subject-specific and/or theoretical issues, research skills and occasionally research methods, all delivered at an advanced level.

Personal & Professional Development (PPD) Training

Here is a chronological list of all the events on the SSF PPD Programme for 2019-20. The Faculty also runs of its PPD training events online, on Wednesday evenings between 7-9pm, using virtual classroom software. Here is the brochure for the UEA/SeNSS Online Training Series for 2019-20. The university PPD Directory or ‘Module Catalogue' can be accessed via the following link: The catalogue lists all the training events offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences (SSF), as well as those provided by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (HUM), Medicine and Health Sciences (FMH) and Science (SCI). There are a large number of sessions each year, led by experienced academics and/or the University support services (including the Careers Service, the Library, the Student Support Service and the Centre for Staff Education & Development). You are welcome to attend sessions organised by any of the Faculties. To avoid disappointment, however, we recommend that you check the personal relevance of a particular session with the module leader before signing up.

The PPD Module Catalogue allows you to search for available modules using a range of criteria such as faculty, topic, RDF domain, and so on. It also classifies sessions under a range of broad topic areas, like communication skills, research methods and career planning, as well as indicating (for guidance purposes only) whether a particular session might benefit you most in year one, two or three. Students can enrol themselves on taught PPD sessions through the Student Portal.

If you are having problems enrolling on a particular session please contact the PGR Service (please see the PGR Service webpage for full contact details)

The SSF Advanced Training Programme

The Social Sciences Faculty at UEA provides an annual programme of Advanced Training Events for the benefit of PGR students across Britain and Europe, as well as interested academic staff and early career researchers. The sessions are usually of one or two days in duration. These sessions are free to PGR students at UEA (and also to PGR students at Essex, Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Reading, Royal Holloway, Goldsmiths, Roehampton, & City University), £30 per day for PGR students from other institutions and £60 per day for all other attendees. Sessions that are part of the 2019 SSF Advanced Training brochure will be advertised by e-mail, direct to the inbox of UEA PGRs, and across the SeNSS DTP consortium.

External Training Provision

UEA is a member of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership, along with the Universities of Essex, Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Reading, Royal Holloway, Goldsmiths, Roehampton, and City University. A range of training events at all these institutions are available to UEA PGR students free of charge. Details of upcoming events can be found on the SeNSS website. Training events organised by other Universities across the country can be accessed via the National Centre for Research Methods (or NCRM) website. Make sure you check this site regularly for potential training opportunities. 

If you are having any problems accessing appropriate training or you would like to discuss your own training needs, please feel free to contact Dr Simon Watts, the PGR Training Coordinator for SSF (, who will be happy to help.