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With thanks to Banke Adetayo, one of our PPMS facilitators, who produced, filmed and edited both of the above videos.

More detail on PPMS residential courses

The rationale underpinning the residential course is a 'learner centred' focus, based on the priorities identified and brought to the course by participants. Teams and individuals are guided and assisted during the course by staff and graduate facilitators, usually fellow students who have previously taken part in the course and then additional facilitation skills training and development (see elsewhere on this site).

Increasing one's skilfulness in any area takes time and usually occurs over an extended period, needing an intentional and systematic approach. Participants often find that the insights gained in the residential course to be its most valuable outcome, allowing them to set new directions for subsequent development. 

This residential course is formally recognised by all UK Research Councils as providing equivalent skills training to the national UK GRAD Schools. Research Council supported students may choose to attend either this UCL course or a UK GRAD School through funding provided by the UK GRAD Programme.

Timetable for a Typical Residential Course

* Evening preparation seminar, 5.30 - 7.00 pm (1-2 weeks before course start)

* Day 1
o Arrival and site introduction
o Skills profiling and agenda setting
o Team meeting, planning for tasks
o Informal networking and discussion

* Day 2
o Team 'task circuit' & review session
o Organisational 'production task'
o Organisational project (~24h)

* Day 3
o Organisational project (cont)
o Project presentations & review
o Course review and individual action planning


Please note that a short part of the course is taken up with non-strenuous team tasks in an outdoor setting. If the weather is totally unsuitable, we make other arrangements.

Accommodation and Meals

All accommodation and meals during the course are paid for by UCL.

Costs and Deposit

PPMS is free of charge to all UCL PhD and Masters students. Research
students from other UK institutions may be eligible - please contact us to

After submitting your application, you should receive an email confirming your registration has been received. Joining instructions and information will be emailed to you at a later date.

Previously a refundable deposit of £100 was taken to confirm registration of participants. We are no longer taking deposits on this basis. Your registration for this course is accepted in good faith as a commitment to attend and complete the course for which you have registered.

Withdrawals from residential courses incur a significant cost, since external venues charge cancellation fees, usually at full accommodation rate – typically £300 per person. We do recognise that exceptional situations such as illness or bereavement can arise unexpectedly, which may prevent or disrupt attendance at the course. If emergencies of this kind arise, we will normally transfer your registration to the next available course on presentation of appropriate supporting documentation. Otherwise, non-attendance could incur an additional charge to cover the full cancellation fee levied by the venue.

Graduate School skill development courses are primarily provided for
research degree students; but taught Masters students may take up places
left vacant at 3 weeks before course start date. Allocation of such
vacancies will be in order of application and receipt of deposit.

Venue and Travel Arrangements

Participants find it helpful to get away from their usual environment for a few days, to be able to ‘take a step back’ and reflect on the assumptions underpinning their approaches to thinking, acting and developing personal and professional skills. When these previously implicit aspects have been made explicit and evaluated, they can be either maintained or changed for alternative strategies, which may be more effective in the complexity of real life and work. The important thing is that it is an individual’s self-assessment and self-determination that identifies any need or opportunity for development, not an imposed “one-size-fits-all” recipe.

We run the courses at a number of different venues, each offering its own unique flavour, but all offering an equally outstanding opportunity for learning and development via the course content and framework.

Travel arrangements vary depending on venue. Details will be notified when you confirm your registration for a course.

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