Online Writing Clinic

This is a forum which gives postgraduate students at the University of Manchester, the chance to ask questions about any aspect of academic writing.

The live writing clinic is an on-line, cross-faculty resource for postgraduate students at the University of Manchester. It is a ‘drop in’ facility which allows you to ask any questions you might have regarding academic writing.

It also serves as an adjunct to the on-line writing courses. However, you do not have to have seen these materials to make use of the clinic.

The first few minutes of each clinic will be a brief review of the main points of a topic from the on-line materials. The clinic will then be open for questions.

Questions may be on any topic related to academic writing.

The clinic will be happening weekly on Wednesdays

  • From 12:30 until 1:30
  • Between the  14th November until the 9th December

You can access the clinics by clicking here

Enter as ‘guest’. Type in your name and please include your Faculty in brackets e.g. John (MHS).

(Please note you will need headphones or speakers to participate)

Please be aware of the following:

  • Questions will be answered in the order that they are posted.
  • The clinic will end at 1.30pm. Questions will be accepted up to 1.25pm.
  • This is a University-wide resource and so the guidance and feedback given will be generic and not subject/School specific. If you have any subject specific questions (e.g. regarding formatting of your thesis), you should speak to your supervisor/mentor or to some other relevant person within your subject field.
  • The clinics are not provided as an alternative to the on-line course or In-sessional classes, but as a complement to them.
  • This is not an online proofreading service.

The NIHR Doctoral and Postdoctoral Research fellowships

 Advice from the panels and comments from award holders

Tuesday 3rd November 2009 – 12noon to 2pm

Institute of Health Sciences Seminar Room G306a, Ground floor

Jean McFarlane Building, University Place, University of Manchester

About the seminar This seminar is one of a series organised by the Institute of Health Sciences ( to bring key national research funding schemes and programmes together with leading researchers and investigators from the University of Manchester and the NHS in Manchester.  This workshop is designed to help applicants gain a greater understanding of making good applications to these schemes. 

Are you thinking of applying for a fellowship?

Are you advising someone who is applying?

Have you been approached to be a mentor by an applicant?

We are particularly focusing on two fellowships:

NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship (NIHR-DRF) offers 3 years full-time funding to undertake a PhD and is aimed at individuals of outstanding potential early in their research careers.  It aims to fast-track them through a customised research training programme in an environment reflecting their individual talents and training needs. It is anticipated that successful applicants would become independent research leaders within 6 to 10 years of completing the award.  The opportunity to hold this role part-time over 4-5 years is available.

NIHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship (NIHR-PDF) This is the first level of post-doctoral Fellowship and offers 3 years full-time funding to individuals who can demonstrate their potential as researchers but do not, as yet, have sufficient experience to be fully independent.  Applicants will need to show evidence of a clear commitment to a research career and success in the form of outputs from doctoral and post-doctoral research, where applicable.  Applicants will have obtained their research doctorate or submitted their thesis for PhD or MD and not have more than 3 years’ WTE post-doctoral research experience at the time of applying.  The opportunity to hold this role part-time over 4-5 years is also available.

Launch of Applications for 2010 round

late October 2009 with a closing date in Spring 2010

More information here 

Note – There are two other levels of fellowship:  

¡              Career Development Fellowship (NIHR CDF) for those with no more than 7 years FTE postdoctoral experience at time of applying. 

¡              NIHR Senior Research Fellowship (NIHR SRF) is aimed at outstanding individuals who are currently independent researchers and can demonstrate the potential to become academic and researcher leaders within the duration of an award.  

To register for this FREE workshop contact:

The PGR Students Skills Training Newsletter needs you!

The Research Office is seeking volunteers  to join an editorial team who will lead on the compilation of a University Skills Training Newsletter for PGR students called STEPS. The primary aim of the newsletter is to keep PhD students updated on skills training developments and opportunities which may be of interest, and to offer a platform to voice their experiences within the University.  The newsletter will be published four times a year with the editorial team having the full support of the skills development coordinator in the Research Office and the faculty research staff training coordinators.

As a member of the editorial team you will be able to engage with and shape debates, read and comment upon newsletter submissions and contribute to forward planning.

If you are interested in making a significant contribution to a University-wide publication aimed at you and your fellow PhD students, we want to hear from you.

Please email Mark Leech ( to express your interest, or for further details on what is involved in being an editor of the STEPS newsletter.

BBSRC Next Generation Conference 2009, Newport, Gwent 19 – 20 November 2009 – Spaces still available if you hurry!

Are you still thinking about what career direction to take with your
bioscience? Do you want to find out more about the range of careers in
which your research training can make an impact? If so, then the BBSRC
Next Generation Conference could be for you…


Wikis in University Teaching and Learning

Embedded is an excellent video on the topic of using Wiki’s in University Teaching and learning.  The video is of  55 minute lecture by Richard Buckland of the University of New South Wales.

Using RSS to keep up to date with researcher training information

rss This is just a heads up to let you know that all the training workshops and news on the Research Training Team website are available in RSS. This makes it much easier to keep up to date with training and news from the Research Training Team. To subscribe to an RSS feed you need an RSS reader, such as the University’s student portal or Google’s reader. Also most modern mobile phones with internet access can subscribe to RSS feeds, meaning you can keep up to date on the move!

For more information about RSS click here

New on-line professional and personal development resources.

The University has just signed up to access a range of on-line professional and personal development resources.

All staff at the University are able to access these at

For access details please email  MHSTraining at manchester dot ac dot uk