Affiliated Research Centre of the Open University
The Open University provides access to online training and development resources (the Virtual Research Environment) to registered students and their supervisors. The Research Degree Coordinator assists the students and supervisors to explore and utilize these resources.

Successful completion of the training is required for every Ph.D. student in the Open University program. Working through the online materials allows student to evaluate their current skills and propose a development plan to further refine the skills important for a successful career as a research scientist. The information below will help guide students through this process and demonstrate their successful achievement of your skills.

A table enumerating the skill set that should be achieved by the end of the Ph.D. training is also available from Shelly Hornbuckle. Completion of this table and a meeting with the Research Degree Coordinator to evaluate the student’s progress is required prior to the probationary review and annually thereafter.

Annual reviews of the required skill set should be performed prior to completing the annual report to the Open University. Achieved developmental milestones and a plan for the upcoming year should be incorporated into the appropriate sections of the annual report form (due at the end of February of each year until submission of the thesis). 

Other Useful resources:

SIMR's Communication Skills Resources Page

Open University – Ph.D. Skills website (OU password required)
Students registered before October 2013, Find your course.  Students after October 2013 should use the VRE resources above but may review materials in these courses as long as they remain available.