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.
Typically, most of the training provision is delivered in the form of 4 residential courses (which includes approximately 35 skills workshops) during semester 1 as well as other training days at various locations throughout Wales. The annual program ends with a residential in June, which includes training workshops on the first day and the annual interdisciplinary Research Conference on the second day.
The 2020/21 Research Skills Programme provision will be adjusted as necessary due to COVID-19. Training will be delivered as a combination of 'live' online workshops through Blackboard Collaborate, as well as a series of pre-recorded workshops that can be enjoyed through the Resource Portal at any time.
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