Postgraduate Research Students

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Starting Your Studies

PGR Student Induction (the training course to sign up for when you first arrive)

Quickstart Guide to SPIDER (SPIDER is a virtual learning environment where you submit reports about your progress and your activities for the Researcher Development Programme. When you start you need to register for an account)

SPIDER Guide (A guide to using SPIDER to find and record activities for the Researcher Development Programme)

Required Health & Safety Course

Required Cyber Security Training

During Your Studies

Researcher Development Programme (RDP)

RDP 2018/2019 Handbook

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development


Online booking for RDP training courses

Departmental Ethics Committee (for minimal risk studies)

University Ethics Committee (for research requiring full review)

Introductory Training for PGRs Who Teach

Strathclyde Doctoral School and the Doctoral Researchers’ Group

The PhD Process

The PhD Process (needs updating)

Thesis and Viva (needs updating)

Thesis Forms (including thesis submission and formatting)

Regulations and Policies

General and Course Regulations for Graduate and Postgraduate Awards 18-19 (Word Document)

Policy and Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research Study

University Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines

General forms (including Extensions and Internal Transfers)

Services and Supports

Software Downloads (free software available through the University, including MicroSoft Office, NVivo, SPSS)

Library Guide for CIS (webpage with resources for CIS students)

Digital Scholarship Skills (optional library course for RDP credit)

Student Health Services (Services promoting health and well being, including information about accessing NHS services)

Student Counselling (Help for when you are facing stress of difficulties. Student counselling offers individual counselling sessions and personal development workshops.)

Strathclyde Students’ Union

Students’ Union Advice Hub (A free and confidential service where students can get information and advice on everything related to personal, financial, housing or academic.)

Facebook Group for CIS PGR Students

Departmental Contacts

PGR Support and Development: Rebekah (Becky) Willson
Head of Department:  Neil Ghani
Director of Research: Roma Maguire
Department Administrator: Julie Sobocinski
Computer Support: CIS Systems Support
CIS Librarian: Elaine Blair (Elaine conducts face-to-face training with PGR students in semester 1 and is also happy to see students individually)