Loughborough Doctoral College

Training and events

Course booking

We offer a variety of development activities and workshops.

If you are a Doctoral Researcher, you can register for training via the Doctoral College Course Booking System on Learn via the links below (login required). 

If you are a research staff member you should identify the workshop(s) that you would like to attend and contact the Doctoral College to request access to Learn.

Book onto a course or event at:

Note: Training and events in London are now being opened to Loughborough-registered students who are unable to, or find it difficult to attend the training on Loughborough Campus.  Admittance to the London programme is on a case-by-case basis, if you wish to be admitted then please email doctoralcollege@lboro.ac.uk, explaining why you believe you should be added to this module.

Information on our development programme:

Doctoral Researchers at Loughborough University and Loughborough University London are expected to engage in wider developmental activities beyond the focussed scope of their specific research topic. The ultimate goal of this is to create well-rounded, resilient and employable researchers who are able to adapt to shifting job market requirements. 

Doctoral Researcher developmental opportunities fall into several broad categories:

  • Formal training workshops and courses, such as those delivered by the Doctoral College and other Professional Services.
  • Participation in University-wide events, such as the Annual Research Conference.
  • Participation in School or Department events, such as a seminar series or a journal club.
  • Undertaking typical doctoral activities that are not specific to the topic of research, such as publishing research and attending an international conference.
  • Participation in the activities of the Institute of Advanced Studies and the Advanced Research Methods Institute.

All training opportunities identified in this document have been mapped directly onto the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) developed by Vitae (the UK’s national organisation for researcher development) and Loughborough University’s Graduate Attributes.

To engage with targeted development, all Doctoral Researchers are expected to periodically consult the RDF and LU’s Graduate Attributes. They should also work with their supervisory team to identify their current skills, abilities and set future development targets.

The Doctoral College offers a comprehensive programme of training opportunities to support the professional development and employability of Doctoral Researchers. This programme is delivered by University staff from across the Professional Services, often with input from academic staff and external experts.

The range of Doctoral College workshops available to Doctoral Researchers can be found below in the “Doctoral College Workshop and Development Activities” (pdf file), arranged by suggested stage of enrolment:

  • Foundation (equivalent to year one of a full-time doctorate, or Part R1).
  • Consolidation (equivalent to year two of a full-time doctorate, or Part R2).
  • Transition (equivalent to year three and beyond of a full-time doctorate, or Part R3).

Please note that these stages are given as a guide only, and suitability will depend upon a Doctoral Researcher’s existing level of competence in that skill/ability. Specialist courses are also provided for those Doctoral Researchers undertaking activities such as teaching or statistical analysis.

In addition to those opportunities listed in the table, other events and workshops take place throughout the year; these are normally announced via the Doctoral College Bulletin.

Doctoral College Workshop and Development Activities

A training record should be kept of all developmental activities undertaken, this will be submitted as part of a Doctoral Researcher’s annual progress report. Doctoral Researchers are expected to spend 30 days during the course of their doctorate on developing transferable skills and abilities; this may be weighted more towards the start of the degree. The amount of time claimed should reflect the learning time of the activity. Six hours of attendance at workshops is considered equivalent to a full day of development. Three days attendance at a conference would be taken as three days. Repeating familiar activities where no advancement in learning can be evidenced should not be counted as skills development; for example, attending School research seminars would normally only contribute to a maximum of one day’s development in an academic year.

Any Doctoral College courses booked through the Learn site will be automatically added to your Learn training record (accessible here).  However you might also want to keep track of wider training and development activities you have undertaken on your own development record (this may be compulsory in some Schools).

Doctoral Researcher Development Record

There are numerous opportunities for Doctoral Researchers to get involved in the teaching of undergraduate students at Loughborough University. Doctoral Researchers who wish to teach are required to first undertake the “Essential Teaching Skills” course. The course consists of an online component (Part A), hosted on Learn, followed by four face-to-face workshops. To complete the course, participants must finish parts A, B and D and at least one part C workshop (C1 and/or C2, whichever combination is most appropriate to the type(s) of teaching they will be undertaking). All parts can be accessed/booked via the Doctoral College course booking system.