Welcome to GradTrain

   The UK’s leading training organisation for the Higher Education sector

 It has never been more important for universities to enhance the employability of their students while researchers and academic staff are facing ever more pressure to disseminate their work beyond the academy be it to the media, the public, patients, policymakers or business.  GradTrain provides expert training workshops specifically tailored for undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and academic staff of all disciplines.  Our fun and interactive courses are designed to enhance skills and employability, and enable universities to fulfil their training obligations to its staff and students. GradTrain differs from other training companies in that our courses are led by a specialist academic as well as a relevant expert from the ‘outside world’ be it an actor, entrepreneur, TV producer, HR manager – to help students and researchers diversify their skills and embrace the world beyond the campus.  



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23 January

Spaces still available: Media Training for Historians (PGRs, researchers, academics) 20th Feb 2017 #phdchat #twitterhistorians @elizafilby

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Are you looking to increase your media profile? Do you stumble and fumble when in front of a camera? Are you protective about your research wary of handing over all your hard work to some enquiring TV researcher? This one-day media training course is especially designed for historians who are interested in engaging with the media […]

23 January

GradTrain: Spring Courses

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GradTrain has an extensive series of workshop at unis across the UK in Jan/Feb. King’s College London, Grad School 26th Jan  ‘Writing for the arts and humanities’ led by Dr Eliza Filby and Dr Shanon Shah Reading Grad School, 30th Jan ‘Communication skills for PGRs’ led by Jack Blackburn and Dr Eliza Filby De Montford Uni, […]

21 November

Coming to a Graduate School near you! GradTrain PGR Workshop Calendar Nov-Jan 2017

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GradTrain will be training PGRs at the following universities in the next couple of months: 30th November       Presentation Skills for PGRs      Cardiff Grad School 10th January            Public Speaking for Non-Native Speakers   Westminster Grad School 16th January            Public Speaking for […]


What others are saying about us.

  • Lesley McDonagh, Head of Doctoral Research Programme, University of Westminster

    We’d identified a need to support the development of public speaking skills amongst our doctoral researchers and GradTrain’s workshop descriptions looked interesting and engaging. We were not disappointed! To witness the transformation in the confidence of the participants at the end of the workshops is wonderful. Eliza and her colleagues create a supportive and safe environment for the students to work in. Eliza builds a great rapport with them and develops their understanding of the importance of effective communication in a sector where public engagement is high on the agenda.

    - Lesley McDonagh, Head of Doctoral Research Programme, University of Westminster
  • Emmanuel,  PhD student, University of Strathclyde

    The training provided by GradTrain was a very timely reminder of the utmost necessity that current research students need enhance their public speaking skills given that a good chunk of their work will be communicated via presentations.

    The ideal combination of an academic and one with a background in acting was a perfect blend. The time provided for participants to practice what they had learned was just awesome…. and oh the feed back was one to carry forward to enhance each candidate’s skills. The thought-provoking, yet undesired questions posed by Eliza herself gave candidates a foretaste of an academic Q & A session and how to deal with it.

    I would, without any hesitation, recommend GRADTRAIN to any institution and individual. This is especially so because I found it very beneficial to me as a Cameroonian at the University of Strathclyde.

    - Emmanuel, PhD student, University of Strathclyde
  • Stefano Bragato, PhD student, University of Reading

    I have been looking for something like this for years. The workshop taught me concrete techniques about how to write a public speech, how to mentally and physically prepare for it, and how to perform it. This really makes a difference in the current academic job market, where you are constantly pushed to sell yourself. Oh, and in addition to this, it is really a lot of fun!

    - Stefano Bragato, PhD student, University of Reading