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Postgraduate Research Student Training

Vitae is a UK organisation that champions the personal, professional and career development of researchers. The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is a professional development framework which sets out the knowledge, behaviours and attributes successful researchers, descriptions of which are structured in four domains and twelve sub-domains. All of the postgraduate research student training is mapped to these four domains.
For all research student training enquiries, please contact the PGR Training Co-ordinator by email:

View the 2019/20 training brochure (1.62MB)

For bookings, please follow these steps:
1. Look through the calendar to find course titles and dates (either click on a specific date in the calendar or access the pdf copy of the training brochure, the link to which you will find above the calendar.)
2. Click onto your preferred course to discover more information about the course and a booking link.
3. Follow the booking link to the specified EventBrite page and register your name and UCLan email address. You will then receive an email confirming that your place on the course has been booked.

Please note that it is not possible to attend a course without having first booked a place.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions all training is being delivered online. Register for an event as per the instructions above and you will be sent the relevant joining instructions.

Waiting lists

Course places are allocated on a first come first served basis. Once a course has reached its maximum delegate capacity you will still be able to register your details for a place on the waiting list. If a place does then become available, the first person on the waiting list will be offered the place, if they do not accept the place within one day then it will be offered to the next person on the waiting list and so on.

Cancelling a course booking

If a participant needs to cancel their course booking, then it is imperative that they do so as soon as possible, so that the place may be offered to someone else. To cancel your booking, either log onto your EventBrite account and cancel the course directly or email your cancellation request to

Please note that we closely monitor attendance and record any failures to attend (‘no-shows’). Repeated failures to attend may result in your Supervisory Team and Director of Studies being notified.


Our courses are delivered by School staff, professional services and external facilitators. Please be courteous and arrive promptly for all courses (at least five minutes before the start time). Please also note that use of mobile phones is prohibited during the training – and all mobile phones should be turned to silent. It is also courteous to return on time after any breaks or lunch, in order that other participants are not inconvenienced by you causing a delay.

Course duration

You should only book a place on a course if you are able to attend for the full duration. It is not normally possible to only attend part of a course and a certificate of attendance will not be issued if you leave the session early.