Research Students Skills

The University of St Andrews has wide provision of training for PGR students – please follow the links below for more information. Most of the training aimed at PGR students is offered under the GRADskills programme. GRADskills aims to help you make the most of your postgraduate experience by offering a comprehensive suite of development opportunities (see below), tailored careers support and a single point of contact for postgraduate researcher development. We have a wide range of opportunities to help you improve your research capability and enhance your employability. Research students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland are welcome to access the support on offer at St Andrews.

Please check the PDMS booking system which has the most up-to-date information about which workshops are running and in what format. Note that workshops go live for booking 5 weeks before the workshop date.
Take time to read the GRADskills workshop policy prior to attending workshops.


Contact us

St Leonard's College
The Old Burgh School,
Abbey Walk
St Andrews
KY16 9LB

[email protected]

Phone:+44 (0)1334 46 2003

Upcoming events

PG Cafe
Thursday 13 June 2024, 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Fairlie Social Space, Old Burgh School

In-person Shut up and Write
Friday 14 June 2024, 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Muir Seminar Room, Old Burgh School
Email:[email protected] to secure a place.

Software Carpentry 2 day workshop: Shell/Git/Python (GRADSkills)
Monday 17 June to Tuesday 18 June 2024 – full days
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Adobe Photoshop – Introduction to Vector Graphics (in-person)
Thursday 27 June 2024, 1.00pm-5.00pm
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Microsoft PowerPoint:Essential Skills (in-person)
Tuesday 2 July 2024, 1.30pm-3.00pm
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Microsoft Access: Introduction to Databases (in-person)
Tuesday 9 July 2024, 9.30am – 4.00pm
Walter Bower House, Eden Campus
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Microsoft Word: Advanced Document Management
Thursday 11 July 2024, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Town Centre Classroom
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Microsoft Word: Controlling Document Design (in-person)
Tuesday 16 July 2024, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Town Centre Classroom
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Microsoft Word: Producing a Thesis (in-person)
Thursday 18 July 2024, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Town Centre Classroom
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