Research Training Outside FASS

The University's Postgraduate Research Training webpage provides links to training opportunities across the University, including the research training programmes of the Faculty of Science & Technology and the Management School.


The Lancaster University Enterprise Centre is running a 10-week programme called PG RISE in which participants will work within an interdisciplinary tem of early career researchers from across the University as they reach out to industry to test and validate the market for university research.  Applications are open for the next cohort of PG RISE, which will start on 3 April 2017.  The deadline for applications, which should be made to, is 19 March 2017.

Teaching in higher education

Support for associate teachers, in particular Postgraduates and researchers who teach, is provided through the Higher Education Academy accredited Supporting Learning Programme (SLP) and the one-day Introduction to Teaching workshops.

The Supporting Learning Programme is designed to provide a framework for the academic and professional development of those who hold posts which involve some duties and responsibilities for supporting the development and/or delivery of learning opportunities.  There is a requirement that participants have at least 10 hours of teaching contact time, or where contact hours are less, that they have a significant level of responsibility for that teaching.

There are two routes:

  • The SLP Intensive Route
  • The SLP Top-Up Route

Further information about the programme, including the application forms, is available on-line:

The one-day Introduction to Teaching at Lancaster course is designed to help postgraduates, researchers and others involved in modest amounts of demonstrating or seminar teaching to address some of the basic skills and understanding they will need for their work. It assumes that participants have little or no previous teaching experience.  Further information is available online at


The RTP offers several modules on statistics. In addition to these, the Postgraduate Statistics Centre within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (in the Faculty of Science and Technology) is the only UK HEFCE-funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning that specialises in postgraduate statistics.

Further information about the short courses provided by the Centre, including booking and timetable details, is available online at: If you wish to take any of these courses please follow the Book now link at the top of each course page.  For further information please contact the Centre.

The Statistical Advisory Service run by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers free statistical advice  to PhD students and members of staff, from any department, who have queries about aspects of experimental design or statistical analysis relating to their research. To make an appointment please email note that emails to this address from non-Lancaster email accounts will be rejected for security reasons.

For further details, please see

or contact the Advisory Co-ordinator at

Qualification in Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis

Data Analysts are in high demand in all areas of employment. Enhance your future employability prospects by taking a recognised PG Certificate in Quantitative Methods as part of your research training programme.

To gain a PgCert you need to take approximately 6 short courses (60 credits with assessment) over your three years of PhD training.

To see a list of the short courses go to

To apply for a PgCert go to

For more information please contact Jane Hall (

Careers advice

The Careers Service has files on hundreds of career occupations and work sectors, with booklets and vacancy directories freely available to take away.  They also run a variety of workshops for PhD students on career opportunities and development.  These are extremely useful and highly recommended. See their website for further information:

The Library

The Library provides access to print and electronic collections for all members of the University. See this guide to Using the Library.

Research Bites

The Library co-ordinates a series of short lunchtime sessions called Research Bites for postgraduate students, supervisors and researchers, with the aim of delivering useful information, starting discussions and answering questions for the benefit of anyone conducting research at Lancaster University. There is also a blog with details of past sessions, including slides and recordings. If you have any questions or ideas, please contact Tanya Williamson:

Library Training Sessions

The Library Training Sessions are longer talks and workshops on everything from research data management to literature searching. For more information about these sessions, please contact the Academic Services Team in the Library:

For the full list of current library training please see: Library & Info Skills

Subject support

The Library's Academic Services Team can help you make more effective use of the Library and Library resources, including e-books, e-journals and journal databases. Each academic department at Lancaster has a Subject Guide. To find the Subject Guide for your department browse the index of subject guides.