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Your Postgraduate Research Framework

This is the training and development portal for doctoral students.

The sessions found here may also benefit research assistants, post-doctoral researchers and academic research staff.

You can:

  • discover what the PGR Framework is - it is researcher-centred and unique to University of Bradford
  • search for accredited and non-accredited training opportunities that are offered as part of the Framework
  • find out what the Training Needs Analysis is and how to complete it
  • locate links to services that offer individual tailored development. 

What is the PGR Framework?

The University's flexible, inclusive and unique Postgraduate Research Framework takes a collaborative whole-institution approach to training and development for doctoral students. All faculties and professional services* have come together to provide you with a range of opportunities to extend your skills to help you to succeed in your research. It is designed to enhance your prospects for employment and help you develop into an ethical, rigorous independent researcher. You can opt to take accredited research training (in the form of modules) or you can access a number of unaccredited sessions designed to help researchers improve their research and professional skills. Other Master's level modules that are of topical relevance to your research can also be taken. You can even take modules as a bespoke academic programme that, with an added dissertation component, can lead to the award of an MRES before continuing your doctoral studies.

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) from Vitae outlines the skills the University aims to help you to develop, both through training and the expert education offered by supervisors within your faculty. 

For more information about the RDF or any training featured here, contact your faculty, the PGR Admin team or Dr Russell Delderfield (

*IT Services do not currently offer any training for doctoral students but you may wish to make use of their IT Advice drop-ins. 

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Who is the training for?

Training opportunities are intended primarily for postgraduate research students (full or part-time). However, most of the sessions are open to all members of the University of Bradford research community: research assistants and contract research staff, post-doctoral researchers, other academic staff and any other graduate-level colleagues wishing to broaden their research background, or pick up specific research skills. Any necessary exceptions to this will be communicated by the service provider, e.g. PGR students cannot access training intended for academic staff in management positions.

How do I book or enrol?

If you wish to attend any of the training and development opportunities, you will find links to the various sessions for booking. In the case of accredited training offered as modules, you make your request via your faculty PGR administrator