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This area provides support for research students who are studying research degrees.

The Graduate School works in close partnership with the academic Schools and Professional Services of City in order to meet the diverse needs of our research student body and aims to:

  • strengthen our research student community;
  • support the personal, professional and academic development of our research degree students;
  • promote the enhancement of the overall research student experience at City, University of London.

Researcher development

Induction and training to meet your particular subject needs are provided by the local School and/or Academic Department or Faculty within which you are registered. You will find information about this provision within the School webpages and via your supervisor. You will also be invited to attend the annual institution induction event for research students which will introduce you to the research environment at City and the development opportunities, addressing general and transferable research skills.

Many research students undertake some teaching for their School or Department during their studies. Training for those who teach is particularly important and we offer several mechanisms to support this:

  • a 1.5 day Establishing a Teaching Persona course, aimed at research students with little or no teaching experience, which covers the basics of teaching in Higher Education, to build your knowledge and confidence. Please sign up for the September or January iteration.
  • a dedicated blog for research students who teach, which includes relevant resources and provides the opportunity to discuss and reflect on your teaching with other students across City, sharing ideas and solutions to common issues
  • the Learning, Teaching and Assessment module on our MA in Academic Practice, which supports you through critical considerations of the key stages of the teaching process, from planning to feedback. This is for research students who have teaching arranged for the term they will take the module. Please download the application form to request a place.
  • a collaborative Peer Supported Review of Education scheme where you have the opportunity to observe an experienced teacher, as well as being observed yourself.

The researcher development programme aims to meet your needs at different stages in your research career. It also provides opportunities for you to interact with other research students across the institution, with early career researchers who have completed their research degree and with academic staff who are experienced teachers and undertaking research at the forefront of their discipline.

The activities will enable you to:

  • present your research to your peers and obtain critical feedback on your research in a safe environment
  • acquire the knowledge and skills to develop and enhance your teaching
  • gain relevant research study skills including project management

Development and training for our researchers, from research students through early career research staff to more senior academic staff, is an important focus for City, University of London. As a research student you will have access to many of the events and activities provided for academic and research staff - these cover topics such as research ethics, sources of funding, entrepreneurship in a research context, literature and citation searching, managing references, using social media for research and networking and impact - but we also offer events tailored particularly to your needs.

Doctoral Skills Training

Establishing a Teaching Persona LEaD D3
13/02 09.30-16.00 Research Student Induction Day Becky Price B1, B2, B3

To queries relating to this list, please contact by emailing

Sources of researcher skills development

  • Your School and Department will have a programme of research seminars
  • If you are undertaking teaching or teaching-support duties
  • LinkedIn
  • LEaD
  • Library
  • BPSN
  • Careers
  • Vitae
  • Study Skills Tutorials


University induction

School induction

Guide for Research Students

Research and Researcher Skills Training

In addition to the support you will receive within your School, we also offer institution-wide research and teaching related activities to contribute to your development. The annual programme of research and teaching development activities is kept under review and updated in response to feedback from research students and academic and research staff.

Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network (BPSN)

City has recently joined the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network, allowing City students to attend research skills training sessions offered by a number of other Central London universities.

Library services for researchers

Learn how to access full text e-resources, search online bibliographic databases and meet your subject and research librarians.

Research support from Library Services

Guidance and regulations

Access all the information you need during your research study through City’s Quality Manual.

Research and Progress

Research and Progress (RaP) is the institutional-wide tool to record, monitor and report on doctoral supervision and research student progress across the institution. It has been developed in collaboration with Manchester University.

You can access Research and Progress by entering your existing City username and password on the main log-in page.

Research and Progress aims to:

  • ensure research students are meeting with their supervisors regularly
  • enable research students to manage their own personal and professional development
  • ensure consistency of practice across City, University of London
  • enhance City's research student community
  • ensure compliance with relevant policy
  • improve research degree qualification rates

All written records of supervision meetings are expected to be retained in Research and Progress; supervisors (including external supervisors) and students are asked to discuss and agree their joint responsibility in maintaining these records.

External supervisors are advised to discuss the requirements of Research and Progress with the institution's member of the supervisory team. Please contact the School/Department Research Administrator initially if you are unable to access the facility.

To provide feedback on Research and Progress please use the Comments and Suggestions box on the main login page referred to above.

Login to Research and Progress

Student feedback and representation

We are committed to improving our services to students and encourage you to give feedback on any aspect of our provision either informally through your supervisors and your Senior Tutor/Associate Dean for Research or formally through your research student representative within your School, Department or Research Centre.

Please talk to your supervisors if you are interested in becoming a research student representative.

You are also encouraged to provide feedback on our provision through the biannual Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES), developed by the Higher Education Academy, and through the Research Student Development Group facilitated by the Students' Union.