The purpose of the Research Skills Training Programme is to support Welsh medium research students, and is the only research training programme for postgraduate students and early career academics exclusively through the medium of Welsh.
The programme aims to develop individual skills to prepare them to become world-class researchers, and to promote their employability to enable them to compete for jobs at the end of their studies or as they continue their academic career.
Since 2005, the Coleg has been funding a Research Scholarship Scheme. Through this scheme, the Coleg has sponsored close to 100 post-graduate students to study towards masters degrees as well as conducting doctoral research in a wide variety of subjects.
One condition of the funding is that scholarship holders undertake training provided by the Coleg in partnership with higher education institutions.
However, the College Research Skills Programme is open to students and academic staff from every university in Wales regardless of their field of research and however they are funded.
The programme runs through the first semester of the academic year, with 35 workshops in the form of four residential courses at various locations across Wales. The programme also includes a one day teaching skills training course at Cardiff Met University in March, and the programme finishes with a residential in Gregynog on 30 June - 1 July which includes training workshops on the first day and an interdisciplinary research conference on the second day.
The workshops are presented by experienced academic staff, university librarians and national librarians as well as employability and careers experts from all parts of Wales. The Coleg’s aim is to provide training of the highest standard.
The entire training is free, and the Coleg provides accommodation as well as contributing towards travel costs.
A full list of the individual workshops for the 2019-2020 academic year can be seen below.