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Postgraduate training

Your Training Log

In accordance with the College Code of Practice, each research student should decide, with their supervisor, a programme of research training for the year. This should be recorded on the Research Student's Training Log, available via the Doctoral School webpages.

Doctoral School Training Resources

The College provides the main source of training, via the Researcher Development Programme.  Topics are arranged within six main themes, Research Management and Critical Thinking, Career Development, Entrepreneurship and Ethics, Information Technology, Written Communication and Oral Communication.

Shared Computer Science, ISG and Maths Training Programme

A shared programme of PhD training is organised by the Computer Science, Information Security Group and Mathematics Departments for the Academic Year 2015-16

The presentations below will take place in McCrea 128,16:00-18:00:

Autumn term:

  1. "Finding research literature" (Professor Kenny Paterson, ISG -- 27th October 2015)
  2. “How to write a research paper” (Professor Volodya Vovk, CS -- 10th of November 2015)
  3. “How to give a presentation” (Dr Hugh Shanahan, CS -- 17th November 2015)
  4. "Plain English" (Professor Chris Mitchell, ISG -- 8th December 2015)

Spring term:

  1. "Using LaTeX" (Professor Jason Crampton, ISG -- 19th Janaury 2016)
  2. "A gentle introduction to Matlab" (Dr Alexey Koloydenko, Maths -- 23rd February 2016 at 17.00-19.00)
  3. "Fast and fun results: functional programming for mathematicians”. (Dr Mark Wildon,Maths -- 1st March 2016)
  4. "How to complete your Ph.D. and have a successful viva” (Professor Kostas Stathis, CS -- 22nd March 2016) 

Please note that the 2nd talk by Dr Alexey Koloydenko is taking place at 5-7pm instead of the usual 4-6pm of all the other talks.

Cakes talks and research seminars

Cakes Talks (informal seminars) and Departmental Research Seminars are given by research students within the Department, and the one-day Annual Postgrad Colloquium, held each June, gives everyone an opportunity to present their research.

International Students

Royal Holloway International offers Academic English language courses and one-to-one tutorials in a range of areas..

Postgraduate training courses off campus:

The EPSRC run 3-4 day residential/non-residential Graduate Schools under their UK GRADschools Programme, and require all EPSRC funded PhD students to attend in their second or third years of study.



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