Research Training Seminar

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 (or weekly if neccessary), 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. 


RTS Schedule 2023/4

Sessions Wednesdays, 4-6pm, 107, 25 Gordon Square

Term 1                        The PhD Process                                             Guest Speaker

11 October 2023         Starting your PhD

18 October 2023         Time management                                         

25 October 2023         No session

1 November 2023       The upgrade process

15 November 2023     Working with archives and primary sources

22 November 2023     Attending conferences / seminars

29 November 2023     Research ethics

6 December 2023        Preparing for submission

7 December 2023        PGR Forum (1-2pm)

13 December 2023      The PhD viva


Term 2                        Career Development

10 January 2024          Preparing the 6-month progress report

17 January 2024          Teaching (PGTA) opportunities                    

24 January 2024          Conference / workshop organisation             

31 January 2024          Postdoctoral fellowships                                

7 February 2024          Book contracts                                               

21 February 2024        Public history                                                 

28 February 2024        Writing an article                                           

6 March 2024              Jobs beyond academia                                               

13 March 2024            Job applications and interviews                     

14 March 2024           PGR Forum (1-2pm)

20 March 2024            Preparing for the upgrade

22 March 2024            Deadline: 6 month report (full-time students)


Term 3

15 May 2024?             PGR conference

23 May 2024               PGR Forum (1-2pm)

June 2024                    Upgrades

September 2024          Deadline: 6 month report (part-time students)

More information is available on the PGR Handbook.