The needs of part-time and remote doctoral students are often different to those of full-time, campus based students. This page links to various resources to help you access training and development opportunities online.

Extensive online research resources accessible to all postgraduate students, regardless of time, place and distance, to support you through the key phases of your development as a researcher. Login with your usual University username and password.
The Careers Service and R&IS have formed a partnership to ensure that you have access to the support you need in order to make a successful transition from your research degree to the next stage of your career. Learn how to write successful CVs, covering letters and applications for jobs or courses via Careers MOOCs .
Wherever you are in the world – provided you can access the internet with a modern web-browser you can have access to the Library’s electronic journals, books, subject databases and more.

Ways to Connect With Your Peers

The Doctoral Academy invites you to get involved with your doctoral researcher community via the Research Collaboration Finder, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Work at your own pace, at a time to suit you, in your favourite location, using the tutorials in our Information Skills Resources.

Hosting online training & development resources accessible to all doctoral students.


Vitae is a national organisation that promotes researcher development and they have a number of resources to help you through your research and beyond.

Other Online Researcher Communities

  • DoctoralWriting is a forum where people who are interested in doctoral writing can come together to share information, resources, ideas, dreams (perhaps even nightmares!) in a spirit of building knowledge and skills around higher degree research writing.
  • The Research Whisperer is dedicated to the topic of doing research in academia.
  • The Thesis Whisperer is a blog newspaper dedicated to the topic of doing a thesis.

Online Language Support Hub

ELTC Support Hub – The ELTC have a new support hub to provide online help and support for registered students at the university

Attending seminars in Sheffield can be difficult and expensive for me; I would advise anyone off campus to see what is taking place locally. I have also approached a local university to set up a reading group in my research field as I was not able to locate anything suitable.
Joanne Heeney
I was given the opportunity to directly engage in their inter-disciplinary and multicultural academic community. To this end, I was exposed to high class academic practices though direct interaction with academics and their work, through joint publications with academics, participation in academic boards and through setting the basis for future class involvement.
Adrian Solomon - SEERC
Huge changes in technology have proved to be the most significant factors in my ability to participate in academic life at a distance from the campus.
Jacquline Hopson
Being located in the International Faculty of TUoS for postgraduate studies brought certain challenges and also great advantages for me. At the initial stages of my studies, the question whether studying in Thessaloniki or in Sheffield was vivid. I was wondering whether it would be different here. To date, it is clear to me that the student experience offered are diverse, although equally good.
George Pavlidis - SEERC
I now never feel alone on this journey as I know my tutors are only an e-mail or Skype call away and they are on the journey with me, offering support and advice along the way. It is far from a lonely existence.
Charlotte Wilders