Transferable Skills

Information on recommended Transferable Skills Training courses for PPar Students.

The University's Institute for Academic Development (IAD) hosts multiple Transferable Skills training sessions, designed to help postgraduate students acquire and enhance skills transferable to research and future employment. 

Strongly Recommended Courses

CDT in Pervasive Parallelism students are required to take the following IAD courses in every year of their studies.

Please book a place for yourself on these courses as soon as possible once booking opens. Places are limited, so it is important to book well in advance. Bookings normally open around one month prior to the course date, but sometimes earlier. If you are not able to book a place, please e-mail  



How to be an Effective Researcher [2-day course]

  • Thursday 18-Oct-2018, 09:30 - 16:30
  • Thursday 22-Nov-2018, 09:30 - 16:30
  • Thursday 28-Feb-2019, 09:30 - 16:30
Presenting Made Easy - Presentation Techniques (CSCE & CMVM)
  • Tuesday 06-Nov-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
  • Tuesday 29-Jan-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
  • Tuesday 26-Mar-2019, 09:30 - 12:30

Presenting Made Easy - Delivering Presentations

  • Friday 09-Nov-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
  • Friday 01-Feb-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
  • Friday 29-Mar-2019, 09:30 - 12:30

How to do an Informatics PhD

  • Wednesday 21-Nov-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
  • Wednesday 24-Apr-2019, 13:30 - 16:30

Finding Academic Literature - College of Science and Engineering

NOTE: NOT compulsory, but very strongly recommended for 1st year students,  especially for students who do not have strong skills in the area.

  • Wednesday 31-Oct-2018, 09:30 - 11:00                                                                          



Internships and Career Planning
  • Date / time TBC           
Preparation of your PhD Proposal for 1st Year Review (Informatics)  



How to Design an Effective Conference Poster
  • Wednesday 27-Mar-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Designing Effective Slides
  • Tuesday 05-Mar-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Seven Secrets of a Highly Successful Research Student
  • Monday 25-Mar-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
How to Write a Winning CV
  • Online talk



Effective Tutoring Introduction
  • Wednesday 23-Jan-2019, 13:30 - 16:30
Tutoring in the Sciences
  • Wednesday 26-Sep-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
  • Wednesday 30-Jan-2019, 13:30 - 16:30

Courses by Interest

Students are encouraged to take additional courses according to their career aspirations and research development needs:

You may also wish to attend one or more of the MSc courses available in the School of Informatics. To attend the lectures for a course, you must ask for approval of the Programme Director first.  Please forward your approval email to the Informatics Teaching Office and request to be registered as 'Class Only' on the course (providing the course name and course code with your request).  You can only audit courses, which means that you will not be awarded credit and you are not allowed to attend any tutorial or lab sessions or submit assessed coursework for these courses.

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