PGR Development Hub

The Academy’s PGR development offering is designed to enrich your skills and working relationships. These resources will foster your talents and enhance your career prospects. In this area you will find links to all of our professional development resources.

PGR Development Brochure 2023-24

Learn more about our unique cross-disciplinary offering for the University of Liverpool's PGR population.

PGR Development A4 Explainer

A summary of the vareity of development opportunities on offer for the University of Liverpool's PGR population.

PGR Launch Event Workbook

The development workbook used by attendees at our launch event on 13th September 2023.

Research Development Checklist for Postgraduate Researchers

A checklist to assist PGRs when navigating the new development resources.

Research Development Checklist for PGR Supervisors

A checklist to assist supervisors when navigating the new development resources.


The Academy's PGR Development Offer

Our PGR development offering has been conceived with PGRs at its heart, following consultations with current PGRs, supervisors and numerous internal and external stakeholders. The new programme includes in-person workshops, masterclasses, bootcamps, webinars, online modules, practice-based sessions, Faculty Forums, and self-paced resources tailored to PGRs at every stage of the research journey. The comprehensive PGR Development offer includes the following:

  • The Central PGR Programme: over 100 sessions delivered via online modules and resources, workshops, masterclasses, bootcamps, webinars, Faculty Forums, practical applications and many more.
  • PGR Development Canvas: access a wealth of online development resources, inluding self-paced modules tailored to every stage of the PGR process. All PGRS are automatically enrolled on registration or you can self-enrol using this link
  • Making an Impact: The Academy’s award-winning annual programme that will boost your research impact and knowledge exchange potential.
  • The PGRDevNet: a network for all PGRs that publishes weekly e-bulletins, run events and activities, and provides a voice for PGRs within the research community.
  • Pop-up PGR Development Sessions: responsive pop-up development activities run throughout the year. These will be advertised in due course on the central programme page, via the PGRDevNet weekly e-bulletins and student news pages.
  • PGR-Postdoc Buddy Schememeet new colleagues, expand your networks and enrich your experience of the University’s research culture in an informal setting.
  • LEAP: The PGR Leadership Programmedevelop the tools, ideas and practical strategies required to lead authentically with purpose, projects and people. Places will be limited and information about the application process will be soon published here.
  • Three Minute Thesis (3MT®): compete to represent the University at national level by creating a compelling spoken presentation of your research to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes
  • Annual PGR Development Conference: join your peers across all disciplines to exchange insights; engage in collaborative discussions; consider your career development; and forge meaningful connections on Tuesday 18th June 2024 – do mark the date in your diary!

Further details and additional resources will be made as we continue to expand and diversify our offer, so please check back here regularly and read the PGRDevNet weekly e-bulletin for the latest information.

2023-24 Programme Launch Event

On the 13th September 2023, we were delighted to welcome a wide cariety of our PGRs, PGR Supervisors and PGR-enabling staff to our launch events where colleagues connected to discuss development planning and positive action towards achieving development goals. Dr James Howard, Director of the Academy, and Professor Gerogina Endfield, Professor of Environmental History and Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research Environment and Postgraduate Research, introduced our exciting new programme and spoke about the evolving governance of postgraduate research. Also covered was the launch of the pGR-posdoc Buddy Scheme and a short talk about the activities of the Leadership Group responsible for the peer-led PGR Development Netowrk (PGRDevNet).

Video messages from Professor Anthony Hollander, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact, and Professor Gavin Brown, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, can be found below.


Other recordings from the session will be available. You can find a link to the brochure covering our offering and our A4 explainer at the top of the page.

We value your feedback

This page will be continually updated in response to your feedback. We are striving to offer a programme which reflects the unique needs of our PGR students, providing a balance on delivery of their research projects and their own professional development.

PGR Supervisor Development

The Academy's PGR Development team work closely with Academic Development colleagues specialising in PGR Supervisor Development. The PGR Supervisors Network is aimed at supervisors on all Postgraduate Research Degrees, including PhD, MPhil, MD and Professional Doctorates. The PGR Supervisors Network Canvas site includes a wide range of training and support for PGR supervisors, including the compulsory online training modules for new supervisors and internal examiners, as well as a wide range of further developmental support. 

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