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Graduate School

Training Needs Analysis

Where to Begin - Training Needs Analysis

A research degree is about much more than completing your research project and successfully writing and defending your thesis. It is also about training you to be a professional researcher whether in an academic or non-academic environment. As in other professions, you will need to develop a wide range of skills as well as the detailed subject knowledge to be an effective researcher and, as your career progresses you will need to continuously update your skills and knowledge base through your own programme of continuous professional development. The Training Needs Analysis process, which should be undertaken in consultation with your supervisory team, is designed to help you plan and record your professional and career development needs.

The Training Needs Analysis form is accessed via the Postgraduate Training and Development Module in DUO (Durham University Online: Once you have gone to this module, click on Training and Support and then on Training Needs Analysis. You will then need to download the Training Needs Analysis form which should be completed, in conjunction with your supervisory team, before the end of October. A copy of the completed TNA form will be kept with the record of your supervisions. 

Just as everyone’s research is unique, so are their skills development needs. Training Needs Analysis will help you identify your needs and plan your training and development activities. Under the guidance of your supervisor(s), you are required to undertake a training needs analysis in the first month of your research and again annually.