Additional Training

In addition to the specific DTP training programme which is organised across the partnership, you are welcome to attend any of the training courses listed below, regardless of the university offering them.  Please ensure that you register for courses  by contacting the relevant Training Manager:


Jenny Rivas-Perez:

Postgraduate research development opportunities at Leeds: CLICK HERE


Emily Goodall:

Some of our courses are advertised here.

Anything related to researcher professional development can be found here.

Examples of some of our programmes:

1/ Research leadership

The Think Ahead SURE programme is an opportunity to develop research supervisory skills, apply for research funding (small scales projects), be trained in candidate selection/ interview skills, interview and recruit candidate, supervision training.

2/ Research professionalism and integrity training

Intro session on implicit bias

Data management

3/ Support with scientific writing

Writing retreats

Thesis mentoring scheme

4/ Presentation skills workshops

5/ Springboard for Women – Offered to PhD students and research staff

6/ Teacher training

Teaching qualifications 

Elevate: the learning and teaching academy

7/ Accessing funding for researcher-led activities

8/ Career support 1:1

Dedicated career consultants are available to support early career researchers.

9/ Public engagement masterclasses

10/ Contribution to widening participation with the Brilliant Club

11/ The Professional Skills for Research Leaders 

On-line learning module – this is available for independent, self-led learning.  It provides up to 65 hours of study and a wealth of materials, case studies and activities across the broad themes of; developing and consolidating your research career, funding your research, managing a research team, research collaboration and communicating your research.

12/ Viva survivor workshops

Contact Sarah Bell:


Amanda Barnes:

1/ Science courses

Confocal Microscopy 

The course will initially cover basic confocal but then swiftly move on to the more advanced techniques such as FRAP, FRET and spectral unmixing. Over the four days, all participants will have used four different confocal set-ups; Zeiss LSM880 Airyscan FAST, LSM780 MP and LSM 710 on inverted microscopes, and an Andor Dragonfly spinning disk confocal. To demonstrate each technique, a wide range of both samples (plants to cell culture) and labels (antibody to fluorescent proteins) will be used. Participants are welcome to bring their own samples.

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Flow Cytometry

The course will initially cover basic flow cytometry but then rapidly move on to the more advanced applications. These will include cell cycle, apoptosis, cell proliferation, GFP and other fluorescent proteins, FRET and receptor quantification. The course has been designed to allow the participant to gain experience of what a flow cytometer is capable and to raise awareness of the problems that can be encountered. To demonstrate each technique, a wide range of both samples (plants to cell culture) and labels (antibody to fluorescent proteins) will be used. Participants are welcome to bring their own samples.

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Gene Expression Technologies

Gene expression technologies are central to a wide range of biological research projects, from medical research, such as looking at effects of drug candidates at the molecular level or understanding the cellular changes during cancer development, through to ecological work, such as measuring the changes in complex microbial communities under different environmental stresses. This three-day course covers the dominant technologies that are used to measure gene expression: qPCR and RNASeq. For each technology, the principles of the technique are described followed by the details of the implementation. The data produced by each methodology is described, and the steps required to go from raw data to reliable measures of differential gene expression are demonstrated. In addition, an outline of the preparation of samples is described, along with the quality control steps necessary to ensure that these technologies can produce reliable results.

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2/ Transferable skills

These courses can only be viewed by York users.  This flyer lists the annual schedule.

3/ Research computing courses run by IT services