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Using the Skill Point System

Every PGR student is expected to take part in approximately 210 hours of development activities over the course of their studies. This is the amount of training advised by the UK Research Councils, and is roughly equal to two weeks training and development for each full-time year of study. 

All PGR students are automatically registered on the Skills Points System and they must ensure that their training record is kept up to date. The SPS captures generic and discipline-specific developmental activities that students are involved in, through the allocation of points. Points are given for courses or workshops run by the Doctoral College, Schools and Institutes, and external organisations. Points are also awarded for participation in other activities such as conference attendance, teaching and attending seminars. 

Read our guide on How to Use the Skill Point System [PDF 1,408KB]

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