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Wider Cambridge University Training Provision

Wider Cambridge University Training Provision

You are encouraged to supplement the training provided by the Faculty with that given by the wider University as a whole. Below is a list of some areas you may want to explore, but it is not exhaustive, so feel free to find and try other options!


Career Development

The Careers Service

The Careers Service offers help and advice to all postgraduates, and its services are available to all alumni for life. Please follow the link for more information.

If you are looking for an academic job then the following website are a good place to start:


The University Library

Please see details of the training offered by the University Library here.

The following may be of interest to history graduates:

Rare Books Room: An Introduction

Rare Book Resources for History


There are also specific collections within Cambridge, such as:



Colleges are increasingly providing training sessions. Students are encouraged to contact their College Graduate Offices for details of the training sessions on offer. Please also ask your supervisor for anything linked to your research.



CRASSH, the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Humanities, organises a range of inter-disciplinary seminars, conferences and events. They tend to include a historical dimension in virtually all of their activities. Further details can be found on the CRASSH website. To join the CRASSH event mailing list, please email your details to



Details on the Research Methods in the Social Sciences can be found on the SSRMC website. The SSRMC Induction Event will be happening on 5th October 2016, at 4pm, in the Lady Mitchell Hall.

The School

In addition to the provision offered by the Faculty, transferable skills training aimed specifically at Humanities and Social Science postgraduates is provided through a School-wide programme of courses and events which run throughout the academic year.  Skill areas covered by these courses include:

  • Presentation Skills
  • Communication Skills (‘Communicating your Research’)
  • Writing Skills (’Starting to Write for your PhD’ and ‘Editing your Academic Writing’)
  • Preparation for the Viva (‘Completing your PhD’)
  • Publishing (‘Getting Published Successfully’)
  • Research Skills (‘Starting your PhD’)
  • Grant Writing Skills (‘How to Write a Research Grant’)

For up-to-date details of the skills training available to you please consult the transferable skills pages of the School website. Alternatively, if you have a specific query, contact Matthew Lane (), the Postgraduate Skills Training Officer for the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The School website has recently been updated to include pages on transferable skills training for (separately) postgraduates and postdocs. Skills areas covered for postgraduates include:

  • Project Management (‘Planning and Managing a Research Project’)
  • Effective Reading (‘Speed Reading’)
  • Time Management (‘Time Management’)
  • Stress Management (‘Emotional Resilience’)

PPD - Personal and Professional Development

The University’s Centre for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) provides a Graduate Development programme of courses and sessions. Most are half-day events, covering a wide variety of topics.

More information about these courses and how to enrol on them can be found on the CPPD website.

Teaching Associate Programme

This is a 9 month programme, beginning in October.  The programme is set firmly within a Cambridge context and recognises the demands of research as well as those of teaching. There is a strong focus on the practice of teaching academically very able students who come from all over the world. This programme has been accredited by the Higher Education Academy, and on completion, participants will becomes Associates of the HEAD.

For more information, please contact: Fiona Sutton ( Graduate Development Programme, 25 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1QA. Tel: 01223 765774

Please also see the following sections:


Rising Stars Public Engagement Course

The Public Engagement team are responsible for organising the University’s large-scale public engagement events, including Cambridge Science Festival, the Festival of Ideas, Open Cambridge, and others.

For further details, please visit the website.




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