Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I book a place on one of the skills development courses?

Please visit the link next to each course title on our website and enter your full name and student email address.  Please only book onto a course if you plan to attend.

What if a course is fully booked?

Please email skillstraining@swansea.ac.uk to be placed on the waiting list.  You will be contacted if a place becomes available.

What happens if I can no longer attend a course?

If you can no longer attend it is imperative that you contact skillstraining@swansea.ac.uk giving at least 24 hours notice.  At the time of booking please make a note in your diary about when and where the course is taking place so that you don't miss it.  Many of our courses are provided by external training providers who travel some distance to teach at Swansea.  It is not only out of courtesy that you should inform us that you can no longer attend but also for the benefit of your colleagues who could have attended in your place.

How much do the courses cost to attend?

All of the courses we offer are free to attend

Where do the courses take place?

Courses take place across both campuses.  The location is indicated on our website at the time of booking so please make a note of where the course is taking place at the time of booking.

How many courses do I need to attend to attain the postgraduate research skills award?

Students must complete 20 courses, 5 must be from each of the 4 domains of the Researcher Development Franework.

How do I get the Postgraduate Research Skills Award?

Please email skillstraining@swansea.ac.uk when you have completed the necessary courses indicating which courses you have attended.  We will then verify your Award and produce a certificate detailing the courses you have attended.  You will then be notified by email when it's ready to collect.  If you are unable to collect it please provide a postal address where you would like it sent.

Should I keep a record of the courses I attend?

Yes, it is important to keep a record of the courses you attend.  There is a course planner provided on the pen drive which you will receive at your College Induction.  When you attend a course you should record it here as this saves a lot of time searching at the end of your candiditure.

Why attend the courses?  What's in it for me?

The courses available gives you the opportunity to learn from experienced academics and researcher developers about how to enhance your research skills, employability skills and to develop as a leading researcher during your candidature.  It is also an opportunity to share ideas with other like minded researchers which will help you during your research journey.  Achieving the Skills Award will also demonstrate your engagement with personal development which can be used when applying for jobs after your studies.