PGRs - Take Charge of your Development with an exciting new programme

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Postgraduate researchers (PGR) at the University of Liverpool will have full access to an exciting new, free programme of personal and professional development opportunities from September 2023 onwards.

Calling all PGRs

The Researcher Development Team in the Academy have designed a rich and diverse programme of over 100 sessions during 2023-24 for you to create your own bespoke development pathway. The new programme includes in-person workshops, masterclasses, boot-camps, webinars, practice-based sessions, family forums, online modules, and self-paced resources tailored to PGRs at every stage of your research journey.

Your invitation

The Academy’s Researcher Development (RD) Team invites you to celebrate the launch of this new programme at the Taking Charge of your Development event.

Date: Wednesday 13 September

Time:  Due to popular demand, the same session will be run twice on the same day, same venue:

  • Morning session: 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Afternoon session: 2.00pm – 4.00 pm

Registration link:

Those unable to make either event are encouraged to register for the “Not attending, send me post-session resources” ticket.

This in-person event will showcase the full range of PGR development activities and resources offered by the Academy’s RD Team and the University’s PGR Development Network. Activities at this event will help you start your own development planning and think about how to take positive action towards achieving your goals. You will also have the chance to connect with the PGR and research-related staff community over a networking brunch (catering provided).

Hear about the Academy’s distinctive approach to PGR development from Dr James Howard, Director of the Academy. Hear from Professor Georgina Endfield, Professor of Environmental History and Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research Environment and Postgraduate Research, about the University’s plans for enabling PGR success. Meet the Leadership Group responsible for the peer-led PGR Development Network.

Launch of the University’s first PGR-Postdoc Buddy Scheme

The Scheme is co-led by the University’s two researcher networks’: the PGR Development Network (PGRDevNet) and the Research Staff Association (RSA), and will offer you the opportunity to meet new PGR and postdoc colleagues, expand your network, and enrich your experience of the University’s research culture. Learn more about this scheme during the launch event.

By the end of the ‘Taking Charge of Your Development’ event, you will:

  • Have a full awareness of the range of the Academy’s PGR development activities and resources and how to access them
  • Be able to identify specific actions that you will take to meet your own development needs
  • Feel positive and inspired to actively engage and take forward your commitments to action
  • Have broadened your connections across the PGR and research-related staff community

First workshops announced

Can’t wait for 13 September? Book now on some initial workshops!

In the run up to the new programme launch you can get a head start on planning your development by taking advantage of early booking onto the following sessions:

  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome with Elizabeth Adams on Wednesday 20 September. This online workshop will introduce strategies to recognise and overcome imposter feelings, to support you in your research and future career. Register now:
  • Academic Writing for Mid Stage PGRs with Jo Young on Thursday 5 October. This online boot-camp will focus on developing good writing practices and boosting writing productivity for mid stage PGRs. Register now:
  • Academic Writing for Late Stage PGRs with Jo Young on Friday 6 October. This online boot-camp will explore the practicalities of thesis writing, including planning techniques, appropriate writing style, and writing to completion for late stage PGRs. Register now:

The Academy’s priority is ensuring that the development opportunities we provide can be accessed by as many individual PGRs as possible. As such, we strongly recommend early registration to secure places on in demand sessions.

Resources and further information

Learn more about the PGR development at the Academy by visiting our webpages, emailing us at or follow us @LivResearcher (on X, formerly known as Twitter) and LinkedIn.