Training, Activities and Mentorship

Annual Cohort Research Skills and Training Induction Event

The induction event is designed as an opportunity for you to develop key skills, especially those that are necessary in the first stages of a research degree, and for you to foster connections with the other members of your cohort.

A number of team-building activities, training workshops and presentations will be organised within an informal setting, likely to be one day in each partner institution. It is the opportunity for you to ask questions and develop your early stage researcher networks.

Attendance is compulsory, unless valid reasons for absences are given to the Programme Manager in advance.

The GW4-CAT Induction for 2019 (Cohort III) will be  held on September 3rd – 5th 2019 – likely to be one day at each of the partner institutions. Lunch, transport costs between sites and accommodation reimbursement (if required) will be provided.

Core and Specialist Research Training

Fellows will also have access to a wide range of core and specialist training modules to support their research and career ambitions and to build a ‘toolkit’ of skills required for an academic career.

In order to ensure that each fellow accesses the training they require, they will complete a training needs assessment and develop a training plan alongside their supervisory team within the first month of starting their PhD.

Fellows will receive a budget of £5000 towards towards specialist courses or training, and travel.

GW4 Transferable Skills Training

As GW4-CAT Fellows, they will also have access to a wide range of transferable skills training, including communication, writing skills and project management, at all of the participating GW4 universities (subject to availability). You will be responsible for your own travel costs. Please discuss any course fees with the GW4-CAT administrative team.

It is expected that Fellows will access a minimum of two transferrable skills training sessions per year as part of their GW4-CAT PhD.

A full list of training for postgraduate researchers is available at each of the respective universities:

University of Bristol:

Cardiff University:

University of Exeter:

As you will be registered as a student and a member of staff at your respective institutions, i.e. where your lead supervisor is based, you should also have access to a variety of academic staff development courses, including learning and research skills. This may not count for all courses at all universities so please email the relevant administrative contact to enquire about your eligibility for a specific course before booking.

University of Bristol:

Cardiff University:

University of Exeter:

To access workshops and training at institutions other than your own, you will need to email the relevant contact for the course that you would like to attend, explaining that you are part of the GW4-CAT Programme and outlining the workshop details.


All fellows will be required to select a clinical mentor, who will offer career guidance and play a crucial supportive role throughout the PhD process. This mentor should be carefully chosen to best match the GW4-CAT fellow’s career ambitions and mentoring needs. Due to this, the mentor does not have to be employed by one of the three participating institutions.  We have produced guidance for mentors/mentees to aid understanding of the relationship.

GW4-CAT Mentor-Mentee guidance

Post-PhD Support

Successful trainees will have an opportunity to apply for a post-doctoral Academic Clinical Lectureship as part of a ‘run-through’ training scheme which will be core to the training philosophy of GW4-CAT.

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