Training Needs Analysis

The University of Oxford is committed to developing the transferable and research skills of all post-graduate research students and research staff.

One of the ways the Medical Sciences Graduate School is planning to deliver and monitor this is with the introduction of Training Needs Analysis (TNA). This TNA will be used to identify the skills you want to develop and explore during your research journey/career. The TNA is designed to monitor your progress throughout your 4 years of research and encourage you to further your employability.

Completion of the TNA is compulsory for students who starting on or after 1 October 2016.

Development of TNA

TNA is required to be completed at least once a year and in discussion with your supervisor(s):

1st Year – The TNA must be completed during your first term and uploaded with your GSS report.

2nd Year – You are required to complete and discuss the TNA with your supervisor and submit it as part of your application for Transfer of Status. A TNA form is included in the GSO2.MSD (for students starting on or after 1st October 2016) Transfer of Status application form. (This form will be made available on 23 April 2017.)

3rd Year - You are required to complete and discuss the TNA with your supervisor and submit it as part of your application for Confirmation of Status. A TNA form is included in the GSO14.MSD (for students starting on or after 1st October 2016) Confirmation of Status application form. (This form will be made available on 14 January 2018.)

You are encouraged to give examples of any training and/or experience that you have had in each skill area when completing the TNA form.

A table listing some of the suggested courses according to training category can be found at http://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/skillstraining/coursecatalogue/allcourses