Development Themes

The LDC Development Team provide a flexible programme that supports all postgraduate research students with their on-going professional and personal development.  This central programme  is built around seven key themes, listed below,  that support postgraduate researchers to progress in their research and prepare for their longer term future.

The Introduction to these themes is now provided within our new online resources area in Canvas, which includes the original videos plus additional resources

Access to Canvas

- You will need to log in with your MWS credentials, with your username in the format


Taking Ownership of your PhD

Plan your PhD journey as a new researcher to develop into a confident and effective researcher


Gain skills and find support to manage the challenges of life as a researcher.

Communication - writing

Develop the skills to communicate your research effectively in your academic writing, for your thesis and research publications.

Communication - presentations

Enhance your skills and gain confidence when communicating your research in presentations and academic posters.

 Research Productivity

Identify techniques to help your work productivity and achieve your own goals.

Creative & Critical Thinking

Explore how to develop creative mindsets and skills for problem-solving, innovation and critical thinking.


Take control of your own career planning and prepare for the next step in your career.