Grad. School and PSDA
The Postgraduate Skills Development Award (PSDA), supported by an annual skills development budget, is about preparing and training individuals to contribute to research as professionals.
KESS 2 participants are tasked with completing a number of ‘KESS credits’ which count towards the PSDA through completing a total number of hours of agreed training. We set the target of 60 ‘KESS credits’ at the outset, but most scholars are actually completing, on average, three times that number.
Compulsory KESS 2 Grad Schools are integral parts of the PSDA and are residential events, offered at venues in North, Mid and South Wales throughout the year. Find out more about the PSDA
PSDA Record & Completion Award Certificate
Below is a link to the PSDA monitoring form, which must be completed in order to obtain a PSDA Completion Award Certificate.
PSDA Record (Download)
Once complete, the PSDA record must be attached to your request for a PSDA Completion Award Certificate. Request a certificate by clicking the link below or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Request a Certificate
Certificates are not issued for individual workshops, but only for the final PSDA award once all KESS 2 credits have been obtained and the PSDA completed.
KESS 2 Sustainability Workshops are designed to help KESS 2 students understand how their research contributes to sustainability. We explore this in the context of the Wellbeing of Future Generations (WFG) Act, which is the overarching sustainable development framework in Wales.
Video resources are also available to KESS 2 participants. These include recorded training sessions, previous sustainability talks and insights and experiences shared by our alumni.
Social Media Training Sessions
A series of three social media training sessions by Dr Steffan Thomas, recorded for KESS 2 participants and researchers. Please note, these videos require a password to access. Request access by email at email@example.com
Watch our alumni talk about their experiences whilst completing their postgraduate research through KESS 2.
A series of talks by KESS 2 participants that address different sustainability goals according to the UN SDGs (recorded in 2020).