All posts by Richard Hinchcliffe

I'm the head of PGR Development at the University of Liverpool and I head up the PGR Development Team. My work interests are Enterprise, the research student environment and academic culture and how to change it. I also deliver the Supervisor Development course which is part of the CPS course here at Liverpool for Staff.

PRACTICE: PGR Access to Career Training Inside Companies and Employers

PRACTICE is a university scheme to develop a short Knowledge Exchange project that will enable supervisors and external colleagues in partner organisations to strengthen their relationship.

These mutually beneficial projects should last no longer than twelve weeks and can attract funding of up to £500. The funds can be used for travel and subsistence expenses for research students, specific equipment (e.g. safety clothing for working on site), hospitality for colleagues meeting with industry, and project outputs such as dissemination of research findings and presentations. The fund cannot be used to pay the research student for their time. There are 20 awards to be given out to each Faculty.

Benefits for Supervisors:

  • Allows supervisors to be creative and to build and/or cement a relationship with an external organisation.

Benefits for Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs):

  • Part of their PGR Development Programme and can be done at a time to suit their research project.
  • Opportunity to practice valuable skills (project management, organisational awareness, communication), and opportunities to build networks.
  • They receive support from supervisor and partner organisation.
  • They gain the satisfaction of completing and presenting a finished short project in the field or industry related to their interests and expertise.

Partner Organisations gain the services of a PGR with a well thought-out and planned project. This allows them to gain strong links with the university and to meet potential future employees.

Example Project: Working in the Field: Dissemination of Initial Research Project results within the China Clay Industry, Graham Stanier, Supervisors Tom Gresley and Catherine Robinson. As part of his research this project involved Graham creating a report for a consortium of China Clay extractors which enabled them to reduce their energy costs. The report was made available to all staff in the consortium and had to be written with the public communication of research in mind.

Application deadline 5.00 p.m. Friday 1st February 2013.

The projects must use this money by the end of July 2013. For an application form click here:

Any enquiries please contact Dr Richard Hinchcliffe:

Doctoral Careers Event: Open invitation to colleagues in Academia and Industry

Would you like to share your career experiences with a range of postgraduate researchers?

We would welcome your participation in a short afternoon question and answer networking session with a group of researchers from all disciplines who have been taking a careers management module as part of their research degree. 2.30 p.m. – 3.45pm December 10th, CPD Suite, Central Teaching Laboratories (formerly known as the Graduate School Suite). There will be tea and coffee. Go here for directions.

Doctoral students at the University of Liverpool are high academic performers contributing to world class research while gaining a PhD. At the end of their studies they need to find a job. Many find employment in the research sector and just as many find employment elsewhere either here or overseas.  This question and answer session will allow them to quiz academics and those in other professions on how they need to prepare to get into a career in this increasingly competitive employment market.

You can help doctoral researchers become researcher professionals!

 All you need to do is discuss your own career experience at our career management Skills Course. You don’t need to prepare anything just come along and talk about your experiences and any tips you have on improving researcher’s employability. If you would you like to participate in this networking event please get in touch with PGR Development by emailing me Dr Richard Hinchcliffe, To see PGR Development’s online career resources for research students go here: If you cannot make this date we will be having further sessions on 18th March or 3rd June 2013