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Researcher Training and Development


A-Z: Key information for new postgraduate researchers



Communication from the University: Please look at your University email account as this is the account the University will use for email communications with you. Further information at:

Complaints and appeals: Should you wish to appeal an academic decision or lodge a complaint with the University, the Complaints, Appeals and Disciplinary Matters section of postgraduate research and operations website provides guidance on how this can be done.

Data management: The University offers guidance and policy on the management of research data. Information is available at

Ethical review: All postgraduate researchers need to consider the ethical implications of their research and work in a way that is considered as good research practice. Guidance is available at  Your research may need ethical approval. Guidance on this is available at

E-thesis - As your thesis will be published online you will need to consider any potential copyright issues. Guidance is available at and (Note: your thesis can be embargoed from online publication if specific circumstances make online publication inappropriate) 

Faculty Protocols: Each Faculty has a “Faculty Protocol for Implementation of the Code of Practice for Research Degree Candidatures”. This is an expanded version of the University’s Code of Practice for Research Degree Candidatures, containing more detailed information about local procedures. Faculty Protocols are available via:

GRAD system: The GRAD system is the University’s online system supporting the PhD process. It is used for a wide range of tasks from recording meetings with your supervisor through to administration associated with the PhD transfer process:

Holiday entitlement: Postgraduate researchers may, with prior agreement of their supervisor(s), take up to twenty five days holiday each year as well as the time during which the University is officially closed (See University closure dates).

International Student Office:  The International Student Office provides specialist immigration advice along with welcome and orientation support specific to the needs of international students.

Leeds Doctoral College: The Doctoral College brings together the support and enhancement opportunities available to you as a postgraduate researcher. There is a dedicated space for you to do group work, and tailored drop-in sessions including language support, training, career development and help with study visas.

Leeds University Union Advice Centre: Free, confidential and impartial advice’ Covering money, academic matters, health and wellbeing, housing, employment, crime and law

Leeds University Union: LUU offer a range of activities and support for postgraduate researchers

Open Access publishing: information available at

Ordinances and Regulations and Programmes of Study for Research Degrees: This document contains the formal regulations and requirements for all of the University’s research degrees and is available on the Postgraduate Research and Operations website:  (Scroll down)

For PhD it states [Ordinance X Page 7 ]:

To qualify for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy each candidate must meet the required learning outcomes and satisfy the examiners that his/her achievement is of sufficient merit and that his/her thesis contains evidence of originality and independent critical ability and matter suitable for publication through:
(a) presenting a thesis or alternative form of thesis as prescribed under regulation 24 on the subject of his/her advanced study and research, and
(b) presenting him/herself for an oral examination and such other tests as the examiners may prescribe. In the case of joint awards with other institutions candidates may be subject to additional examination processes.

Organisational Development & Professional Learning: A number of providers at the University work closely together in offering training and development opportunities for postgraduate researchers. Details of opportunities across the University can be found via the website  

Personal Development Plan: The University provides a Personal Development Plan to help you to reflect on your development during your research degree. You can download a copy from:

Plagiarism:The University has agreed ways in which suspected plagiarism should be investigated in research degree work with guidance depending on the point at which possible plagiarism is identified’ .

Postgraduate researcher guidance: Postgraduate Research and Operations guide to research degrees including; assessment and monitoring, examination process, complaints and appeals etc...

Postgraduate researcher handbook: Contains wide ranging information about research degrees including; regulations, fees, periods of study, examination process etc…

Registration: Registration and re-registration is accessed via  which also provides access to your University email account and links to information.

Research Hub: The 16/17 academic year saw the opening of a brand new facility for postgraduates the, ‘Research Hub’ on level 13 of the Edward Boyle Library. The facility includes training rooms, bookable meeting rooms and study space and will be the venue for a host of research related events.

Research Professional: This website helps you find research funding opportunities and also carries research related news articles.

Student Counselling Centre:

Student Education Service: The Student Education Service website publishes all policy and regulations relating to research degrees, along with guidance and support to help you throughout your candidature

Student Services Centre Counter Service: Many of your day to day administrative enquiries will be handled by your Faculty or School Postgraduate Research Administrator. However you may also need to visit the Student Services Centre which is located in the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building, for example to pay fees, deal with queries about accommodation, and in the later stages of your studies to hand in your thesis.

Thesis Repository: The University of Leeds uploads PhD theses to the White Rose repository in collaboration with the Universities of York and Sheffield.

Training and development plan: This needs to be discussed and agreed with your supervisor within the first month of your study and uploaded to GRAD: 

University Research Email Networks: Research and Innovation Service has e-mail lists which are used to send out information of interest to researchers. Some of the information is about new sources of funding for research but the lists are also used to advertise research seminars and courses, exchange information, seek collaborators etc. Sign up to the lists at:

University Closure dates
The University is normally officially closed for at least 14 days each year (during the Christmas and Easter Periods and Bank Holidays) Closure dates can be found on the University website at:

University’s Code of Practice for Research Degree Candidatures: The Code of Practice is a key document that sets out a framework of shared responsibilities between the University, supervisors and candidates. It is available from:

Vitae : Vitae is the UK organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes. The University of Leeds is a member. Set up a website account based upon your University of Leeds email address. Vitae also developed the researcher development framework The RDF is a framework of skills and attributes of successful researchers and is widely used as a reference point for the personal and professional development of researchers.