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Training Needs Analysis (TNA)

Complete your TNA Form


Why do I need to complete a TNA?

Your TNA will help you to establish your existing skills and knowledge and to put in a plan of action to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge to successfully complete your postgraduate research studies and move into your career beyond.

We need the information you provide to ensure that we can either deliver or pinpoint the support that you need to complete your research degree and start your career beyond.

How do I complete my TNA?

You should discuss your TNA with your supervisory team before completing and submitting it. Your supervisor will have an opportunity to make comment on your form once you have submitted it. You can view a list of questions asked in the TNA here so that you can prepare prior to filling out the TNA Form.

It is important that you identify with your supervisor any specific research training modules that you should follow and whether you need any language training at an early stage.

You need to add your supervisor's email address to the form, for it to be sent through to them - please include just 1 email address, otherwise the form will not be sent.

What happens to the form?

When you have completed the form, you will be able to 'Print or save as pdf'. Click this, and a printing dialog box will load. Change the printer name to 'Save as pdf' - this will ensure you have a copy of your responses.  When you submit your form, your responses will be sent to your supervisor (via the details you provide on your TNA form), they will approve this and add their own comments.  A copy of your responses and your supervisor's comments will be emailed to you.  You should save this email or print it to .pdf and upload it to MyPGR. You must upload your TNA to MyPGR within the first 6 weeks of study and then annually thereafter. 

Where do I find information about the training available to me?

Training for you as a PGR student is provided both within your Faculty and through the University’s Researcher Development Programme. The Researcher Development team have listed recommended training for each year of study; this is only indicative and should be used as a guide for discussion.

If you have any training needs that cannot be met through the Researcher Development provision or within your discipline, you must notify your Faculty as soon as possible.