We know that each research degree is unique, which means the skills and knowledge required to create an outstanding piece of work can be extremely varied. We want you to have access to all the training and development you need to excel in your research degree, which is why we give all our research students up to £2,500 funding to curate a tailored training plan with Proficio.
Once you have completed a short introductory training course, your funds will be released and you will be registered to Proficio, which is where you can start spending your funding by booking your place onto courses. There are a huge variety of courses available, including short courses, online learning and multi-day training, across all academic departments and more generic topics such as data analysis, languages, IT, software, writing and more. There are over 100 to choose from so we're sure you'll find something useful!
"When I started my studies, I knew that there were some skills that could facilitate my research. With the Proficio funding, I have taken courses in programming, data analysis and thesis writing. The Department of Psychology run a programming and data analysis course, so I took this during my first year at Essex and it has been helpful for my own experiments and helping my colleagues. I have also taken courses from the School of Life Sciences and the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering. I've used some of the money to pay the fees to attend conferences too, and I have a bit of money left over so I'm considering an international conference next!"
One ingredient for a successful PhD journey is the supervisor/student relationship. The purpose of this training is to provide an overview of the key elements of research supervision, the interactive session will explore the perspectives of students and supervisors and discuss what each can and should reasonably expect from supervision, how to identify and address potential problems and how to maintain an effective working relationship.
Bootcamp recruits will learn how to battle through third-year blues, address writer’s block, kick-start their writing if it has stalled, and overcome thesis fatigue to achieve significant progress on their manuscript. Sessions will include motivational talks, goal setting and strategies for writing quickly and well.
Attendees will explore Photoshop to edit, fix and augment images to make them look striking and prepare them for web and print. They will then be introduced to Illustrator and vector graphics for logos and infographics. Lastly, students will concentrate on InDesign, where they will put together brochures, banners and other materials using the media previously created.
Time management can be a major challenge for research students, this short session introduces a number of tools and techniques to help you manage your time effectively.
This course is an introduction to longitudal data analysis on an applied level using Stata. The focus of the course is on data management and analysing micro panel data. The course will begin by discussing the advantages, and limitations of panel data and show how to handle and describe a panel dataset. We will also cover linear regression techniques, non-linear models, and identifying time societal dynamics.
Participants will be trained to design, prepare and run their own field research using their increased knowledge of the practical and logistical issues facing early career researchers in the field. For doctoral students planning to incorporate fieldwork in their dissertation, this course will provide essential support.
“Proficio has been of invaluable help in supporting me through my PhD at Essex. Proficio funding enabled me to complete extensive language training in preparation for fieldwork in Latin America. It has also allowed me to attend conferences at other universities where I presented my work and made useful contacts with other researchers.”