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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

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 UCL DocSkills 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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November WriteFest - Academic Writing Month

Join in the global challenge to boost your academic writing this November. Check our website for resources, share your tips with researcher community, and start writing!


Nature Masterclass

Professional development training for academics and researchers to build their skills, confidence and careers.

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The Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club provides PhDs and ECRs training in widening participation, research communication, and teaching.


Festival of Early Stage Researchers (FESR)

The Festival of Early Stage Researchers (FESR) is our way to say thank you to the largest community of researchers in the UK. It is an annual week-long festivities, recognising and celebrating the invaluable contribution from UCL’s early-stage research community.

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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.


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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.