Angel Productions

Angel Productions are the makers of The Good Viva Video, The PhD Survival Video, and a series of other videos to support the training of doctoral students, now used in about 80 UK institutions.  

We are also available for bespoke video production for the HE sector.  We make professional quality videos and DVDs on modest budgets.  Our experience is mainly in documentary style content and low budget drama scenes.  We have the skills to handle every stage of a video project, from developing the concept and a script through shooting, editing and packaging the finished product.  

Coproduction partners and clients since 2007 have included Birkbeck, the Royal Veterinary College, the Open University, Royal Holloway and Kings College London.

More about our series for doctoral students: http://www.angelproductions.co.uk/universities.htm 


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ARMA is the Professional Association for Research Managers and Administrators in the UK. We have over 2,500 members from around 200 organisations, ranging from universities and funding bodies to the National Health Service and independent research institutions.

Our Mission is to enhance the profession of research management and administration, and to facilitate excellence in research through identifying, establishing and exchanging good practice in research management and administration.

Connect with us! Want to know more about ARMA? Check out our websites and social media channels to see what we’re getting up to.

Website: www.arma.ac.uk


British Council


The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. Using the UK’s cultural resources we make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we directly reach over 65 million people and more than 660 million people via broadcasts and publications.

Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. The majority of our income is raised delivering a range of projects and contracts in English teaching and examinations, education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. Fifteen per cent of our funding is received from the UK government. britishcouncil.org 

Cofactor Ltd

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Cofactor provide expert training for researchers in how to write a scientific or medical research paper and publish it in a journal. Director, Anna Sharman PhD, who presents most Cofactor courses, has 20 years experience in science and scientific publishing and 4 years experience as a researcher trainer. Cofactor courses for PhD students, ECRs and senior researchers are highly rated by participants from institutions such as KCL, UCL, Oxford University and EMBL. Courses can include modules on writing style, the writing process, the peer review process, choosing a journal, open science, publishing ethics, social media for scientists, being a peer reviewer and more. Cofactor also provides editing and consultancy for researchers, so we can provide constructive writing feedback as part of a course. Publication is crucial for researchers' careers, but many struggle with writing and with navigating the ever-changing journal system. Talk to Anna about booking a Cofactor course now!


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GradFunding (founded in 2009) specialises in alternative sources of postgraduate funding: the thousands of independent and often obscure charities and trusts which make grants to support students' fees, maintenance, research, conference, and writing-up costs. We publish the bestselling Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding as both a book and a web resource. It has 85 institutional university subscribers, and the web resource has around 40,000 current active users. We also do alternative funding workshops for PGRs and staff, having held 200 of them all around the country.

We are run entirely by recent PhD students who used this method to fund their own studies. Our director, Dr. Luke Blaxill, has been featured in several national newspapers and on TV.  To take a look at the Alternative Guide, please visit www.postgraduate-funding.com/ and see our conference pack insert or visit our stand. 


Haplo Services

PhD Manager

PhD Manager helps Universities manage every aspect of their Graduate School. It's an online easy-to-use solution for researchers, supervisors, and Graduate School Managers to keep track of the whole Postgraduate lifecycle. 

PhD Manager supports Training Organisers in managing training and development events with online event calendars and booking. Postgraduate Researchers can use PhD Manager to reflect on their training and development, and add independent training events to their online development record. 

PhD Manager is part of Haplo, the open source Current Research Information System. Haplo's Ethics Monitor solution can be used in conjunction with PhD Manager to monitor ethical approval of Postgraduate Research. 

Intellectual Property Office (IPO)

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The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government department responsible for UK intellectual property (IP) policy, granting UK IP rights, including patents, designs and trade marks, improving IP awareness and education, and supporting IP enforcement. The IPO aims to ensure that the UK IP system continues to support UK innovation and creativity, especially within the research community.

Intellectual Property Office is an operating name of the Patent Office. 



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Launched in 1998 by the University of Warwick, jobs.ac.uk is the leading global job board for academic, research, science and related careers. 

From academic and research jobs to PhD programmes and studentships, jobs.ac.uk advertises opportunities for over 7,600 organisations worldwide including 1,000 universities across the UK, Europe, Asia and beyond. 

Plus, did you know we also have a specialist Careers Advice section developed for people working in academic and research roles? From CV tips and templates, to interview advice and career planning ebooks, you are sure to find something to help you manage your career. 

Start your global search today at: www.jobs.ac.uk 

KKI Associates

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KKI Associates trains, inspires, and motivates students and HEI staff in entrepreneurship and commercial skills. The skills they learn in these workshops will also improve their employability and improve their understanding of factors affecting research 'impact'.

KKI training has a high impact and a distinctive training style.

We try to:

  • start at the basics
  • go very fast
  • use interaction and case studies, incentives and prizes
  • demystify and explain jargon
Many attendees like the fact that the workshops are demanding (on both the attendees and trainer), cover a lot of ground, and are rooted in practicality rather than 'business school theory'. However the fact that KKI gets outstanding post-course feedback (which we generally do) is probably the least important outcome.

Because KKI has been working in this area for 20 years, we can show examples of people having been directly inspired towards entrepreneurship. For a cohort of (typically Ph.D and young post-doc) staff who receive KKI commercialisation training, we have a reasonable estimate of the outcomes:

  • the portion who will consider starting some form of commercialisation activity within a few years
  • the portion who within 4-5 years will have started companies and obtained significant grant and investment funding
  • the portion who will have achieved 'commercial success' - a thriving company or perhaps an investor exit (which can take 10 years from that first training programme)

Stats on the last group suggest that about 1 in 150 trainees goes on to 'become a millionaire' - slightly better, we believe, than the chances that the average student has of becoming a professor!

Come to our stand and:

  • see some videos of training workshops in operation
  • meet some recent students whom KKI has trained and mentored to success in the BBSRC Biotechnology YES competition
  • enter our 'build a tower, build a team challenge' - prizes will be awarded at the end of the day!

Nature Research


Partner with Nature Research to empower your researchers, communicate your achievements, demonstrate leadership and attract the best talent. 

Empower your researchers and raise the quality of your institution’s publication output by providing researchers with access to publishing training via Nature Masterclasses and manuscript editing via Nature Research Editing Service. 

Communicate your achievements by advertising across Nature Research print and digital products and creating custom science communication, such as a video about your area of research with Nature Video.

Demonstrate leadership and forge global collaborations by sponsoring your own Natureconference or Nature-branded editorial content, such as a Nature Outlook. 

Attract the best talent using the leading scientific jobs board from Naturejobs, or by meeting prospective candidates face-to-face at the Naturejobs Career Expos.

For more information about the partnership opportunities available from Nature Research, visit nature.com/ip or contact partnerships@nature.com. 

Science Council

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The Science Council sets the standards for practising scientists and science technicians, through professional registration. 

At the core of the Science Council's ethos is the belief that every scientist has a responsibility to society, and themselves, to work with integrity, keep their skills and knowledge up to date and consider how their efforts affect the world around them. 

The Science Council works with organisations who commit to promoting and embedding professional standards among their staff, providing an environment in which registrants can meet this responsibility. 

The Scientific Editing Company

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The Scientific Editing Company specialises in providing training for PhD students and researchers on publishing, research communication, enterprise and other key transferable skills. We offer over 18 different workshops and they are informed by our own academic research experience and from working with students and staff in a range of institutions around the UK and Europe. Our workshops are very popular with participants and each workshop can be tailored to different groups and subject areas on request.

In addition to our training workshops, we offer an English editing and statistics service for researchers. We accept research manuscripts, book chapters, technical documents and theses.

We also host the annual ReCon conference (www.ReConEvent.com) in Edinburgh each year which focuses on research communication and careers. Next year, the 6th Annual ReCon conference will be on 29.06.18. Videos of the talks from previous years are available online via the ReCon website. 


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SkillsForge, which has been developed by the University of York over the past 13 years, is a commercially available software as a service for HEIs.  SkillsForge provides the functionality to reflect, review, record, monitor and report upon postgraduate student progression, skills acquisition and general development activities.  It possesses a fully integrated course booking system, skills framework, bespoke forms and workflows and integrates with existing student records and HR systems. Through innovative collaborative design, our aim is to guide, support and evidence the success of HEI students, staff and supervisors.   

Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)


The Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) is an international learned society concerned to advance understanding of higher education through the insights, perspectives and knowledge offered by research and scholarship. 

It is a specialist publisher of higher education research, through journals such as Studies in Higher Education, Higher Education Quarterly, Research into Higher Education Abstracts, and a book series. The Society also supports special interest networks for researchers, and it organises an annual higher education research conference and a parallel conference for postgraduate and newer researchers each December . To find out more, including membership details, visit www.srhe.ac.uk 

SUMAC (University of St Andrews)

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“Developed and managed by the University of St Andrews, SUMAC is an online mentoring and coaching platform which provides effective data management for scheme coordinators, while streamlining scheme administration.  SUMAC has a range of features allowing hosting of multiple schemes, each tailored to meet specific needs. SUMAC helps scheme coordinators to manage scheme membership and supports the whole scheme lifecycle, from sign-up, through matching, and the creation and management of partnerships.

The development of SUMAC has been based on St Andrews’ experience with mentoring and coaching over 10 years, and on the participation of Universities across the UK in the SUMAC Beta testing programme. 

Currently there are over 150 diverse schemes hosted on SUMAC across more than 30 UK institutions.

Cost-effective access to different levels of service is now available by subscription, with free 3 month ‘full-access’ trials offered to all institutions.” 

Taylor & Francis

Taylor and Francis

Taylor & Francis Group partners with researchers, scholarly societies, universities and libraries worldwide to bring knowledge to life. As one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, ebooks and reference works our content spans all areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Behavioural Sciences, Science, and Technology and Medicine. Looking for tips on publishing in a journal to share with researchers you work with? Visit authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com for guidance and support.

The Daphne Jackson Trust

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The Daphne Jackson Trust is the UK’s leading organisation dedicated to realising the potential of scientists and engineers returning to research following a career break of two or more years, taken for family, caring or health reasons. The Trust has been offering flexible part-time paid fellowships hosted by universities and research institutions around the UK since 1992, allowing more than 300 talented researchers to return to their chosen careers. While the Trust provides the infrastructure and expertise to recruit and retrain fellows, financial support for the fellowships is provided by external sponsors such as the hosting organisation, the research councils, charities, learned societies and industrial partners. Come and talk to our staff to discuss sponsoring and hosting opportunities and other ways your organisation could support the Trust, our work and our Fellows. 



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For over a decade, ThinkWrite has delivered 1-day training courses enabling participants to communicate with greater effectiveness and efficiency, whether writing or speaking. At the centre of ThinkWrite's process is a need to 1) understand the expected structure of a particular document, 2) specify the key message that needs to be conveyed and 3) determine specific requirements of key decision makers. 

Last year around 1000 participants attended our courses, with almost all giving good to exceptional feedback scores. In fact, many participants explicitly state that these were the most helpful, informative and enjoyable courses they had ever attended. Participants range from post-graduate students to senior academics and team leaders, and courses are frequently booked both by central training co-ordinators, individual departments and specific research teams. 

All ThinkWrite courses are delivered in an interactive style and anticipate that participants will actively join in during sessions. Most courses are delivered to 12-15 participants, giving space for small amounts of one-to-one interaction between presenter and participants. On occasions we deliver to conference groups, as well as providing flexible one-to-one Skype consultancy.

UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE)

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UK Council for Graduate Education is the leading independent representative bodyfor Postgraduate Education in the UK. Its mission is to be the authoritative voice forpostgraduate education in the UK, providing high quality leadership and support to itsmembers to promote a strong and sustainable postgraduate education sector.

UKCGE promotes:

  • the interests of graduate education across all disciplines
  • quality measures for graduate education and research conducted in HEIs
  • the effective leadership and management of postgraduate students
  • the effective provision and funding of graduate education
  • the status, education and training of postgraduate students
  • equal opportunities for students in graduate education
  • the professional development and status of staff and supervisors in HEIs

The Council is:

  • an authoritative voice for the HE sector on postgraduate activity in the UK
  • a developer and communicator on policy relating to postgraduate education
  • a developer and promoter of best practice in the delivery and administration of
  • postgraduate programmes
  • a provider of appropriate information, services and publications for these issues

UK Research Staff Association (UKRSA)

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The UK Research Staff Association (UKRSA) was established in 2010 to provide a collective voice for researchers at Higher Education Institutions across the UK

UKRSA is supported by, and works closely with, Vitae. It aims to empower research staff to take control of their own careers and contribute to policy.

What we do is:

  • support local and regional research staff associations and networks · contribute to national policy, through active  representation on committees and steering groups, and by advising Vitae
  • interact directly with research funding bodies
  • provide a UK voice on the International Consortium for Research Associations (ICoRSA) · provide resources such as our Guide to Research Staff Associations · undertake and report on research projects into the impact of Research Staff Associations and postdoctoral funding
  • engage members of research staff in their professional and career development