Research Skills

Day 1 - 2nd November 2017

A1: Research/Experimental Design Planning and Methodologies

An overview of different methodologies, how to select and expand on the discussions with your supervisor.
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B1: Confidence Development

Focus on and develop your confidence.

A2: Literature Searching for Your PhD

  • Electronic databases for research (inc Scopus, WoS, Archives Portal Europe)
  • Choosing your search terms
  • Setting alerts and other time-saving techniques
  • Evaluating search results

B2: Building Resilience and 'Bouncebackability'

‚ÄčImprove your resilience to ‘knockbacks’ and criticism.

A3: Get More Out of Your Reading

  • Read more in less time
  • Take more concise, relevant notes

B3: What to do When Your Supervisor Corrects Your Work

Making the most of your supervisors' feedback and corrections.
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A4: The Literature Review and Your Critical ‘Voice’ 

What does it mean to be critical and why is it important? How to balance your own views with your review of others. Exercises to help you develop your critical tone.
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B4: Writing Retreat - using the Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro is about setting clear goals and splitting your writing into smaller bite sized sections of time and simply getting on with it.

A5: Introduction to EndNote and Reference Management

  • Hands-on introduction to EndNote
  • Essential principles for managing your references, whatever system you use

B5: Goal Setting and Staying on Track

Setting effective and realistic goals to progress your research.

A6: Managing Your Research Data

  • Introduction to good practice in storing, preserving and sharing data
  • Evaluate how you store and share your own research data

B6: How to Submit a Conference Paper

Strategies to approaching writing abstracts for conferences.

A7: Writing Like a Researcher

Expectations of academic writing at doctoral level; key characteristics and common mistakes; exercises to enhance your own writing style.
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Day 2 - 3rd November 2017

C1: Strategies for Managing Your Literature

Discover strategies and approaches to manage the literature and how to make best use of the advice from your supervisor.
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D1: Making the Most of Feedback

Asking for - and handling - balancing feedback.
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C2: Building a Good Working Relationship with Your Supervisor

  • Establish a good way of working from the start
  • Approaches to facilitate the positive communication
  • Hear experiences, hints and tips from academic staff

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D2: Your Thesis 1, Structure

  •  Introduction to different types of thesis structure
  • Planning your own thesis structure

C3: Writing Retreat - using the Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro is about setting clear goals and splitting your writing into smaller bite sized sections of time and simply getting on with it.

D3: Your Thesis 2, the thesis of your thesis‚Äč

Produce your own clear thesis statement to help you focus your PhD work around a central proposition.

 

D4: Formatting and Submitting Your Thesis – Getting it Done

  • What a thesis should look like and how to format it
  • Supervisory role and getting other sources of feedback
  • Submission process
  • Staying motivated in the late stages