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Training Credits Explained

All Research Councils expect PhD students to achieve at least 10 days of skills training each year. PhD students in the Faculty of Science and Technology will be required to receive skills training over the course of each year of study that satisfies this norm.

To make it easier to quantify training received we define training credits as:

1 credit = approximately half a day of training

Each PhD student should therefore acquire at least 20 training credits during each year of study.

All Research Development Programme (RDP) courses will have a credit score that are detailed on the course webpage. Any external course which is a half day or less would be counted as one credit.

It is important that you do not undertake training courses merely to gain enough credits. There are a number of different ways in which you may achieve 20 credits per year which include conferences, workshops, training courses, seminars etc. On arrival and during the course of your PhD, each PhD student should perform a Development Needs Analysis (DNA) with their supervisor(s) in order to identify their specific training needs and the best way to satisfy them. The DNA tool can be found in Lancaster's Student Portal.

Types of Training

The Research Development Framework (RDF) is structured in four domains, which encompass what researchers need to know to do research, how to be effective in their approach to research, when working with others, and in contributing to the wider environment.

Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities
The knowledge, intellectual abilities and techniques to do research.
Domain B: Personal effectiveness
The personal qualities and approach to be an effective researcher.
Domain C: Research governance and organisation
The knowledge of the standards, requirements and professionalism to do research.
Domain D: Engagement, influence and impact
The knowledge and skills to work with others and ensure the wider impact of research.

We expect all students to undertake some training from each of these domains. The RDP courses are split into these categories. If you want to take external courses then you should determine the appropriate RDF category with your supervisor.