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Doctoral Skills Development Programme

The UCL Doctoral Skills Development Programme (UCL DocSkills) is designed to help you to expand your research and transferable skills in order to support your research, professional development and employability.

The Doctoral Skills Development Programme is open to all postgraduate research students at UCL. Professional development for research students is an important part of UCL 2034 strategy, Doctoral Education Strategy and the QAA Quality Code for Higher Education. Find out more about these and other strategies on our researcher development strategy page. 

The programme is informed by the Researcher Development Framework (RDF), the national framework to support the development of researchers. Courses are free to attend for all UCL postgraduate research students.

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Doctoral Skills Development Programme training portal

The Doctoral Skills Development Programme provides tailored professional development and is open to all postgraduate research students at UCL.

Please note: Inkpath will be used for all DocSkills Development Programme bookings. 

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Introducing Inkpath

While courses are delivered online, we are using Inkpath to manage registrations on UCL DocSkills courses, and monitor attendance. Find out more about this lifelong skills and career development tool for researchers.

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Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network

The Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network is a network of leading Higher Education institutions, created by UCL in order to share best practice in skills training for postgraduate research students.

Please note: In line with the government recommending that staff work from home wherever possible, all of our face-to-face learning has been suspended.  We're working with our partners in the Bloomsbuty Postgraduate Skills Network to move as much of our learning activities online as possible, without affecting the quality of these courses. 

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Researcher-led Initiative Awards

UCL DocSkills is offering postgraduate research students at UCL the opportunity to shape their own professional development through our Researcher-led Initiative Awards (RLIs). Find out more about this opportunity and successful past projects.

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Language support

UCL DocSkills has a limited fund to support you with the cost of learning an addition foreign language, or improving your academic English, in support of your PhD. Find the full criteria and details of courses in this section for foreign languages and improving your academic English.

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Training points

Find out why it is important and how to record your training points, for all of your development activity.