Training for research students

Graduate students at UCL History can take advantage of a range of training opportunities.

Research Training Seminar (RTS)

The Research Training Seminar (RTS) is the training provided by the History department for its graduate research students. It meets approximately once a fortnight during terms 1 and 2, and aims to provide graduate researchers with the practical, intellectual, and emotional skills required to carry out research in history. We also hope to connect students to wider historical debates across different periods of history, and to build a supportive community of graduate researchers. Attendance is compulsory for all students who have not yet upgraded, and optional for those beyond upgrade. Some sessions will be most relevant to students in later years. In the later part of the year, sessions will be devoted primarily to providing a venue for students' upgrade presentations. We warmly encourage all research students to attend these sessions and support their peers.

In 2018-19, the RTS will be held on Fridays from 16.00 - 18.00. The draft schedule is as follows. Please note that the content of later sessions is still to be confirmed.

Term 1 schedule

Friday 12 October 201816.00-18.00Chadwick Building 2.18The upgrade
Friday 19 October 201816.00-18.00Chadwick Building 2.18Starting the PhD
Friday 26 October 201816.00-18.00Chadwick Building 2.18Finishing your thesis
Friday 16 November 201816.00-18.00Chadwick Building 2.18(Student upgrade presentations)
Friday 23 November 201816.00-18.00Chadwick Building 2.18(Student upgrade presentations)
Friday 30 November 201816.00-18.00Chadwick Building 2.18(Student upgrade presentations)

Term 2 schedule

Friday 18 January 201916.00-18.00Gordon House 106TBC
Friday 25 January 201916.00-18.00Gordon House 106(Student upgrade presentaions)
Friday 1 February 201916.00-18.00Gordon House 106TBC
Friday 22 February 201916.00-18.00Gordon House 106TBC
Friday 1 March 201916.00-18.00Gordon House 106TBC
Friday 8 March 201916.00-18.00Gordon House 106TBC
Friday 15 March 201916.00-18.00Gordon House 106TBC

Doctoral Skills Development programme

UCL's doctoral school runs a full programme of free skills training for research students. The skills programme is informed by Vitae's national Researcher Development Framework (RDF), a professional national development framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers. History MPhil/PhD students should consult the programme before discussing their training requirements with their supervisor.

The schedule can be viewed, and places booked at courses, online at the DSD website. The training schedule for 2018-19 will be made available on 24 September 2018.

LAHP research training

UCL History is a member of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, a group of London institutions which together holds a number of AHRC-funded PhD studentships. The LAHP also runs a programme of training sessions, which is open to all graduate researchers at LAHP institutions. That is to say, you do not need to be in receipt of an AHRC scholarship to attend a LAHP training session. All UCL History research students are eligible to attend.

Last year's LAHP training included a large number and variety of useful sessions on topics including public engagement, blogging, publishing, interdisciplinarity and archival research. This year's programme has not yet been made available but information about future sessions can always be found on the LAHP website. Details of upcoming LAHP training will also be included in the fortnightly newsletters circulated to UCL History graduate researchers.

UCL ISD (computing) training

UCL's Information Services Division runs a series of training courses for staff and students. Depending on the nature and methodology of your research, you may find that some of the courses they offer are of use to you as you complete your research. In particular, the course on using Word for theses may be of interest to MPhil/PhD students.

You can access an up-to-date list of courses, and book your place on upcoming training sessions, at the ISD website.

Language skills

There are a number of options available to students wishing to learn a language in order to facilitate their doctoral research.

The LAHP, about which you can find more information above, offers a limited number of free places each year on modern language courses taught at King's College London. You can find information about this scheme at the KCL Modern Language Centre website.

UCL's Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE) offers evening classes in nine modern languages, which are available to UCL students at a discount rate. The School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (SSEES) offers further training in additional Eastern European languages.

Doctoral students who wish to undertake languages training as part of their research degree can apply to the doctoral school for funding to cover the course fees. Applications for this academic year will open on 3 September 2018.