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:

Research Skills 25th and 26th October 2018

The Research Skills Development Days are designed to help Postgraduate Researchers develop and focus on specific aspects of their research degree. This event focuses on research skills to help you develop your thesis. A full schedule of activities have been provided for you with specialist facilitators to guide, advise and support your development. 

Day 1 – the morning activities focus on performance and planning to help maximise your effectiveness as a researcher. The afternoon sessions are dedicated to approaches towards the literature review, abstract writing and analysis visualisation tools.

Day 2 – focusses on research design and data management in the morning, and writing tools and techniques in the afternoon.

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

 

Day 1 Thursday 25th October 2018

9.30 am Refreshments and Registration (for a prompt start at 10am) – G05 Old Fire Station

Time

Session

Details/Requirements

Facilitator/ Venue

Target Audience

10.00 am - 12.00 noon

Optimal Mental Fitness programme

The session is designed to help manage the pressures of research, reduce symptoms of stress and increase self-esteem and wellbeing

Dr Mark Widdowson

 

The Albert Adams room

2nd Year Researchers and those Writing up to help manage performance

10.00 am - 11.00 am

How to Submit a Conference Paper

Strategies to identify, and submit  to, academic papers to conferences.

PGR Director

 

G05

1st & 3rd year Researchers, aiming to or presenting at conferences

11.00 am – 12.00 noon

Strategies for developing your thesis

Beginning your thesis or reviewing progress – this session helps to develop the research question.

The Library Development team

 

G05

1st & 3rd year Researchers, getting started and evaluating progress

12.00 noon – 12.45 pm

Increasing confidence and personal effectiveness

Learn techniques to enhance confidence personally and professionally, set and achieve goals effectively.

 

Davina Whitnall

 

G05

All years/ researchers

12.45 pm – 13.15 pm

Lunch – served in the Albert Adams Room

13.15 pm – 14.15 pm

Strategies for managing your literature and reading effectively

Explore approaches for managing the literature for research and improve your reading speed and effectiveness.

The Library Development team

 

G05

1st years or those new to Research to improve reading and literature management performance

14.15 pm – 15.15 pm

The literature review, your critical voice and writing for research

With the Literature review or systematic reviews in mind, explore developing your critical voice and the techniques of specifically writing for research purposes.

The Library Development team

 

G05

1st years required to write or are reflecting on writing literature and systematic reviews

13.15 pm – 14.15 pm

Abstract Writing workshop

Practice and refine your abstract writing. Please bring your work/laptop with you.

Davina Whitnall

 

The Albert Adams room

Years 2, 3 & 4 to enhance abstract writing ability for conferences, the thesis or publications

14.15 pm - 15.15 pm

You have your data – what to do with it?

Quick guide to analysis tools and using visualisation to communicate your data. Please bring your work/laptop with you.

Davina Whitnall/ PGR Director

The Albert Adams room

Years 2, 3 & 4 to enhance data illustration for conferences, the thesis or publications

15.15 pm – 16.15 pm

Making the most of your supervision: feedback, corrections and good working relationships

Discover ways to get the most from the supervisory relations, utilise feedback effectively, strategies to approach corrections and developing a good working relationship with your supervisory team.

The Library Development team & Davina Whitnall

 

G05

All years/ researchers

 

 

Day 2 Friday 26th October 2018

9.00 am Refreshments and Registration (for a prompt start at 9.30am) – G05 Old Fire Station

Time

Session

Details/Booking

Facilitator/ Venue

Target Audience

9.30 am - 10.30 am

Experimental and Research Design, planning and methodologies

Explore different experimental design and research design approaches and methodologies to help with planning your research activity.

PGR Director

 

G05

1st & 2nd year researchers beginning their PhD

10.30 am - 11.30 am

Introduction to Endnote and reference management

Learn how to manage references within your writing and the tools to make writing easier. This is of particular interest for those writing literature and systematic reviews.

The Library Development team

 

G02-3

1st year researchers beginning their PhD

11.30 am – 12.30 pm

Literature Searching for your PhD

Develop your literature searching effectiveness for embarking on the Literature report or review. Learn best practices and key information to save time.

The Library Development team

 

G02-3

1st year researchers beginning their PhD

10.30 am - 11.30 am

Publishing whilst doing your PhD

Don’t wait until after your doctorate! Discover how to publish whilst doing your PhD – the advantages and how to manage the process with minimal effort.

Davina Whitnall

 

G05

2nd & 3rd/4th year researchers

11.30 am – 12.30 pm

Insider insights - Tailoring your writing for publication

Join our external publishers as they provide insights into the publishing process and how to tailor your writing for publication.

Publishers: Sage, IEE

 

G05

2nd & 3rd/4th year researchers

12.30 pm – 13.15 pm

Managing your research data – strategies and tools

Manage your research data to ensure it is backed up and can be used effectively in your research.

The Library Development team

 

G05

All years/ researchers

13.15 pm

Lunch – served in the Albert Adams Room

14.30 pm – 16.00 pm

Writing Retreat – Using the Pomodoro technique

Dedicated time to write and put into practice some of the learning from the sessions over the two days. The session is ran using an interval technique to focus workload. Please bring your work, ideas and laptops with you.

Davina Whitnall

 

G05

All years/ researchers

 


Previous Development Days