The Transferable Skills programme is made up of eight courses, each one developing vital knowledge, capabilities, and confidence at key stages of the research lifecycle, including guidance on navigating academic conferences, publishing research, and career planning:
- ‘Working with your Supervisor’ equips researchers with strategies to proactively maintain a positive, professional relationship with their supervisor or principal investigator– encouraging reflection on expectations, and flagging common issues
- ‘Managing Your Research Project’ explores a range of project management, planning, and problem-solving techniques that can be applied to researchers’ work, highlighting the various stages of a research project’s lifecycle, the stakeholders involved, and the different forms of documentation that can support researchers to ensure their research meets its key milestones
- ‘Getting Published in the Arts’ and ‘Getting Published in the Sciences’ provide discipline-specific guidance to researchers planning to publish their research through academic papers, articles or books – covering the processes involved, including proposals, submissions, and peer reviews, and highlighting key changes to the publishing landscape that may impact on their experience
- ‘Intellectual Property in the Research Context’ provides an introduction to intellectual property, highlighting the importance of building knowledge in this area, exploring the main intellectual property rights (IPRs), and addressing issues around confidentiality, ownership, and exploitation
- ‘Career Planning in the Sciences’ and ‘Career Planning in the Arts, Humanities & Sciences’ support researchers in developing a career plan – analysing key factors in career decision-making, career routes within and outside of academia, and transferable skills that can be marketed to employers
- ‘Conferences, Presenting and Networking’ encourages researchers to think strategically about attending academic conferences – providing guidance on choosing which events to attend, submitting and presenting papers, networking, and organising conferences.