Researcher Development Days


Our Researcher Development days offer a wide variety of workshops and training opportunities in a setting much akin to an academic conference.

In addition to the training on offer, the development days give Postgraduate Researchers a friendly, welcoming atmosphere in which to practice their networking skills.

On this page you will find links to resources from previous workshops and details of upcoming events.



Coming Up:

Communication Skills 5th and 6th February 2019

The Communication Skills Development Days are designed to help Postgraduate Researchers focus on the skills needed to effectively disseminate their research. A full schedule of activities have been provided with specialist facilitators to guide, advise and support development. 

The Development Day’s cover the following areas on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework:


Day 1: Academic Writing, Tuesday 5th February 2019




Facilitator/ Venue

09.30 am - 10.15 am

Writing You IA and Your IE

  • What you need to know
  • Common Issues and Mistakes

Davina Whitnall

G05 The Old Fire Station

10.30 am - 11.15 am

Proof Reading, Editing and Letting Go

  • Proof reading and editing strategies
  • How to utilise feedback
  • Coming to terms with letting go of your writing

Davina Whitnall

G05 The Old Fire Station



11.30 am – 12.30 pm

How to Write an Abstract

  • How to write academic and lay abstracts, and the differences between them
  • Prepare your abstract for SPARC

Davina Whitnall

G05 The Old Fire Station

12.30 pm – 13.30 pm

Lunch – served in the Albert Adams Room

13.30 pm – 16.30pm

PGR Publishing Workshop 

Writing for Publication 

  • What does a journal article look like
  • Key differences from thesis writing
  • Tailoring to the audience
  • Affiliations

Getting Published  & Insight into the Peer Review Process

  • Choosing where to publish
  • Understanding the process and tips for preparing to submit inc. peer review resilience
  • Sharing your data
  • Intro to OA and repositories, inc. e-theses & copyright
  • A panel and practical with the publisher

Davina Whitnall and The Library Development team

G05 The Old Fire Station

Day 2: Presenting and Promoting Your Research, Wednesday 6th February 2019




Facilitator/ Venue

9.00 am - 10.00 am

Designing and Presenting a Poster

  • Basic design principles
  • Reviewing good and bad examples
  • Presenting in the context of a poster exhibition

Davina Whitnall

G05 The Old Fire Station

10.15 am - 12.15 pm

Giving Confident Presentations with Impact

  • Interactive, drama-based workshop for people with fears about presenting
  • Elevator pitches
  • How to structure a short presentation
  • Engaging the audience

The Library Development team

G05 The Old Fire Station

12.15 pm - 14:00 pm

Lunch – served in the Albert Adams Room

14.00 pm – 16.00 pm

Promoting Your Work for High Performing Researchers 

Managing your researcher identity

  • Managing online profiles
  • Strategic approach to footprint
  • ORCiD
  • Proving impact
  • Using bibliometric to find networks and collaborators
  • Altmetrics (see Figshare and USIR)

What is Impact?

  • Defining research impact
  • Overview of the ‘Research Excellence Framework’ (REF) and the importance of impact within this
  • Criteria for measuring impact
  • Examples of types of impact
  • Capturing impact
  • Generating impact

The Library Development team and Emma Sutton

G05 The Old Fire Station


Previous Development Days