Research Training & Supervision

Research Training and Supervision

As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career.

You will be supervised by a team of academics, who will guide and direct your studies. They will be experienced researchers in your chosen field of study. You will work with them to define your research project.

Additional support is available throughout your studies from our doctoral training centres, faculty training programmes and award winning Research Student Support Team.

Research Excellence Framework

The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) puts us at 16th in the UK for research power, a rise of one place from 2008.

REF 2014 confirms our global academic status, with the University’s research into areas such as neuroscience, English language and literature and computing science rated as amongst the leading departments in the UK.

Our performance in 28 individual fields of research was reviewed by panels of internationally-renowned experts who were specifically looking for the institution’s impact on global society.

Research areas ranging from dentistry and biological sciences, to civil engineering percentage , maths, and media and cultural studies were all rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

REF 2014 has been conducted by the four higher education funding councils for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It grades the quality of research staff from 4* (world-leading), to 1*(nationally recognised). Research falling below this standard is rated ‘unclassified’.

REF 2014 showed that the vast majority of our research was placed in the top two categories of 4*(world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent).

Research training

Our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills while carrying out your original research. Your supervisory team will help you to:

  • complete a training needs analysis, so that you know what your current skills are and where you need to further training
  • use your training needs analysis to create your personal development plan (PDP)
  • identify training events that will best address your development needs

All three of our faculties provide a research training and development programme, offering a range of workshops, events and other learning opportunities. Further details can be found at:


Our ePortfolio system enables you to record and reflect on your personal and professional development.

You can use it to:

  • maintain your PDP
  • write your research plan and keep records of meetings with your supervisory team
  • write a blog
  • maintain your CV
  • keep a record of workshops, conferences and other training events that you attend