Postgraduate Skills

The Postgraduate Skills Development Programme offers a range of workshops that help postgraduate students at Stellenbosch University hone their research and thesis writing skills – mostly free of charge. The aim of our programme is to help students take responsibility for finishing their degrees on time by equipping them with some tools, skills and strategies to assist them in this endeavour. This website contains our full range of workshops, essential resources, opportunities, as well as a central calendar.

In addition, we have loaded a number of resources on the Postgraduate Skills Development SUNLearn platform. The on-line modules on this platform were developed with those students in mind who cannot attend the on-campus workshops.

Our monthly Postgraduate Times newsletter informs postgraduate students about skills development events and opportunities tailored specifically for postgraduate students' needs.

Our New Voices in Science communication initiative helps students share their science and research effectively. 

In addition, we introduced two new Postgraduate Skills initiatives during 2016: Informal postgraduate student Pop Up cafés in our PGIO quad in the Wilcocks building and Shut Up & Write lunch hour sessions for students and staff who are looking for a quiet communal space to write up their research. Follow news of these events on Twitter: @PGSkillsStell and on facebook.     

Note: From 1 October, the Postgraduate & International Office (PGIO) will be reorganised and the majority of international activities will be conducted under a new division known as “Stellenbosch University International” (SUI). The Postgraduate Office will be relocated to the Division for Research Development (DRD). All services continue as per usual, contact people remain unchanged for now, and more details around the PGO/DRD merger will be communicated later this year. 

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