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Researcher Development Programme – Spring Term Workshops – New workshops added and spaces available!

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The Researcher Development Programme provides year-round professional, research and career development workshops and events specifically for doctoral researchers at University of Sussex.  We have a range of workshops and events coming up this term with places still available.

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To view the full range of workshops we provide and to learn more about the Researcher Development Programme please visit the Researcher Development pages of the Doctoral School site.

To book your place on any of the workshops listed below please click here.

For more information contact us at researcher-development@sussex.ac.uk

February

Wednesday 19th February (14:00-16:00) Good Research Conduct

This is an important session for all staff and students conducting research. The session will provide the opportunity for you to critically discuss what research integrity and good conduct are, and will allow you to explore myths and consider the ways in which you can be more aware of ethical concerns in order to be a better researcher.

Thursday 20th February (11:30-12:30) Finding Audio-Visual Resources for your Research NEW!

This workshop is suitable for any researcher who would like to find audio-visual materials for their research and is led by the Library Research Support Team. The session will introduce you to a range of resources that can help you to locate audio-visual materials for your research.

Wednesday 26th February – Part 1 and Wednesday 5th March – Part 2 (14:00-17:15) Graphics in R

Designed for researchers who already have some basic familiarity with the R environment, this two part workshop will introduce you to the powerful graphics capabilities in R by focusing on the package ggplot2. You will learn how to produce the main types of graphs and change their features to whatever size, colour, or shape you want.

Wednesday 26th February (14:00-17:00) Intermediate SPSS

This workshop is for anybody who wants to build on and improve the skills they already have using SPSS. You will learn about the useful functions within SPSS that are often overlooked and advanced examples of statistical analyses will be demonstrated.

March

Monday 3rd March (13:00-15:00) Writing Your Thesis in the Social Sciences NEW!

This workshop is intended for 2nd through to final year doctoral researchers in the Social Sciences, and is designed for both doctoral researchers who are about to start writing and those who have already begun. The workshop is facilitated by an Associate Tutor from a relevant discipline, and includes a short presentation from the Library on essential copyright issues that you need to consider in writing your thesis.

Tuesday 4th March (14:00-16:00) Covering Your Research Costs NEW!

If you are looking for additional funding to cover conference, travel, fieldwork, and research related costs this workshop will help. Facilitated by the Research & Enterprise Division, the workshop will provide an overview of possible sources of funding, a demonstration of the Research Professional funding database, and advice on putting together a funding application.

Tuesday 4th March (13:00-15:00) Preparing for your Viva – For Life Sciences and BSMS Doctoral Researchers NEW!

This workshop is intended for Life Sciences and BSMS doctoral researchers in their final year. The doctoral viva can be a daunting experience for which you need to be well-prepared. This workshop will de-mystify the viva process and requirements, and provide you will useful guidance on preparing for the big day.

Thursday 6th March (13:00-15:00) Preparing for your Viva – For Social Science Doctoral Researchers NEW!

This workshop is intended for Social Science doctoral researchers in their final year. The doctoral viva can be a daunting experience for which you need to be well-prepared. This workshop will de-mystify the viva process and requirements, and provide you will useful guidance on preparing for the big day.

Friday 7th March (09:15-17:00) Tell the World About It! Media Training for Researchers NEW!

This interactive one-day workshop is run by two ex-BBC journalists and will benefit researchers wishing to gain media interest in their research, or present their work to non-academic audiences in a variety of contexts. This workshop is intended for 2nd through to final year doctoral researchers and research staff, who have experience of presenting their research.

Monday 17th March (09:00-16:30) Exploring Academic Writing: A One-Day Workshop NEW!

This one-day workshop will help maximise the impact of your research by developing your writing skills. Using exercises drawn from proven creative writing techniques tailored specifically to meet the needs of academic writers, you’ll explore the writing process from the initial generation of ideas through to honing your work to meet the needs of your reader. You’ll identify the blocks that can make writing a slow and painful process, and look at practical strategies to overcome these. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to put techniques into practice, as well as the chance to get feedback on your writing in a supportive atmosphere.

Tuesday 25th March (09:30-16:00) Impact and Research Communication NEW!

Suitable for doctoral researchers in their second year and beyond, this workshop will help you to effectively communicate the significance of your research, particularly to non-specialists outside your subject area. The relevance of the training will be far reaching in a range of contexts central to a researcher’s career. It will help you in preparing grant applications, seminar and conference presentations, publications, job applications, REF submissions, and contact with the media.

April

Wednesday 2nd April (14:00-17:00) Writing Your Thesis in Arts and Humanities NEW!

This workshop is intended for 2nd through to final year doctoral researchers in the Arts and Humanities, and is designed for both doctoral researchers who are about to start writing and those who have already begun. The session is facilitated by an Associate Tutor from a relevant discipline, and includes a short presentation from the Library on essential copyright issues that you need to consider in writing your thesis.

Wednesday 9th April (14:00-16:00) Preparing for Your Viva – for Arts and Humanities Doctoral Researchers NEW!

This workshop is intended for Arts and Humanities doctoral researchers in their final year. The doctoral viva can be a daunting experience for which you need to be well-prepared. This workshop will de-mystify the viva process and requirements, and provide you will useful guidance on preparing for the big day.

May

Thursday 15th May (09:30-17:00) The Part-time Researcher

This one-day conference will cover the essential aspects of being a part-time researcher, with a new and exciting programme of workshops and sessions tailored to part-time doctoral researcher needs. Hospitality will be provided throughout the day, giving you the chance to get to know other researchers from across the University, and to meet colleagues from the Doctoral School, Careers and Employability Centre, and Library Research Support Team.

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Hugh Kearns ‘How to Plan Your PhD’ Workshop – 12th February – Extra places now available!

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We are delighted to announce that due to popular demand, extra places are now available on Hugh Kearns ‘How to Plan your PhD‘ workshop!

Hugh Kearns

The international public speaker, educator and researcher Hugh Kearns first visited the University in 2011, when he delivered a number of very popular and well-received workshops for doctoral researchers. You can find out more about Hugh and his extensive experience here: http://ithinkwell.com.au/hugh_kearns.html

The workshop, which has been organised as part of the Researcher Development Programme will take place on Wednesday 12th February, 13:30- 15:00, in the new location of Silverstone SB 121 Lecture Theatre.

How to Plan Your PhD will introduce you to the very specific skills and tools needed to plan a PhD. At the end of the workshop you will have your own PhD Planning Toolkit and will know how to use it to:

  • Create your big picture thesis plan
  • Unpack your thesis down into logical parts
  • Create tasks lists for each stage of your thesis
  • Estimate times and schedule tasks
  • Create a Gantt chart for your thesis
  • Keep on track as you implement your plan
  • Plan your writing
  • Manage the finances
  • Identify risks and deal with setbacks

If you would like further information or to Book A Place please visit:

Researcher Development Events

Please note, there has been no change to the location of Hugh’s 10:00 – 12:30 ‘Presenting Your Research with Confidence’ session.

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For more information on the Researcher Development Programme, and to find out about our other events, check out our webpages at Researcher Development Programme or contact us at researcher-development@sussex.ac.uk

Researcher Development Programme – Spring Term Workshops – Book Now!

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The Researcher Development Programme provides year-round professional, research and career development workshops and events specifically for doctoral researchers at University of Sussex.  We have a range of workshops and events coming up this term with places still available.

ResearcherDev_web_banner2

 More workshops are being scheduled for later on in the Spring Term – to view the full range of workshops we provide and to learn more about the Researcher Development Programme please visit the Researcher Development pages of the Doctoral School site.

To book your place on any of the workshops listed below please click here.

For more information contact us at researcher-development@sussex.ac.uk

January

Wednesday 29th January (14:00-17:00) Introduction to SPSS

Suitable for anyone with a basic knowledge of statistics who would like to learn how to use the statistical software package SPSS, this workshop will provide you with the opportunity to learn how to use SPSS functions including data entry and creating basic output. More advanced examples of statistical analysis will also be demonstrated, and there will be time for you to ask questions about projects you may be working on using SPSS.

February

Monday 3rd February (09:30-16:30) The Effective Researcher

This workshop for 1st and 2nd year doctoral researchers will prepare you for the doctoral journey ahead. The session will help you to become an effective researcher by building your skills and confidence in communication, planning and time management, problem solving, and assertiveness.

Tuesday 4th February (09:30-16:00) Presentation Design

This highly practical and interactive session focuses on how to design presentations using a step-by-step process. You will learn how to structure and sequence information for maximum impact and understanding, discover simple approaches for ensuring connection with the audience, and learn the lead principles of working with Powerpoint or Keynote.

Wednesday 5th February (14:00-16:00) Getting Ethical Approval

With case studies and discussion opportunities, this practical workshop will cover the key principles of undertaking ethical research and how to go about obtaining university ethical approval for your research project.

Tuesday 11th February (09:30-16:00) Presentation Delivery

Enhance both your confidence and performance in front of groups to help you to deliver presentations. This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to explore your voice and develop vocal flexibility, discover how to use space and move on purpose, learn what to do with your hands, and explore how to handle questions and contributions.

Wednesday 19th February (14:00-16:00) Good Research Conduct

This is an important session for all staff and students conducting research. The session will provide the opportunity for you to critically discuss what research integrity and good conduct are, and will allow you to explore myths and consider the ways in which you can be more aware of ethical concerns in order to be a better researcher.

Wednesday 26th February – Part 1 and Wednesday 5th March – Part 2 (14:00-17:15) Graphics in R

Designed for researchers who already have some basic familiarity with the R environment, this two part workshop will introduce you to the powerful graphics capabilities in R by focusing on the package ggplot2. You will learn how to produce the main types of graphs and change their features to whatever size, colour, or shape you want.

Wednesday 26th February (14:00-16:00) Getting the Better of Technology

This session will demonstrate simple techniques to help you manage and protect your research. You will learn how to manage email overload, protect your assets, manage bibliographic data with Zotero, and organise research with Evernote.

Wednesday 26th February (14:00-17:00) Intermediate SPSS

This workshop is for anybody who wants to build on and improve the skills they already have using SPSS. You will learn about the useful functions within SPSS that are often overlooked and advanced examples of statistical analyses will be demonstrated.

March

Wednesday 12th March (13:30-16:00) Making the Most of Conferences

This workshop for 1st and 2nd year doctoral researchers will help you to prepare for your first academic conference. Come along to find out how to select and fund your conference attendance, what to expect when you get there, and receive advice from researchers talking about their experiences of attending conferences.

May

Thursday 15th May (09:30-17:00) The Part-time Researcher

This one-day conference will cover the essential aspects of being a part-time researcher, with a new and exciting programme of workshops and sessions tailored to part-time doctoral researcher needs. Hospitality will be provided throughout the day, giving you the chance to get to know other researchers from across the University, and to meet colleagues from the Doctoral School, Careers and Employability Centre, and Library Research Support Team.

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Hugh Kearns Workshops for Doctoral Researchers – February 2014

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Wednesday 12th February 2014

Presenting Your Research with Confidence 10:00-12:30

How to Plan Your PhD 13:30 – 15:00

Hugh Kearns

The Doctoral School are delighted to announce that international public speaker, educator and researcher Hugh Kearns will be returning to the University of Sussex in February 2014 to provide two workshops for doctoral researchers. Hugh first visited the University in 2011, when he delivered a number of very popular and well-received workshops for doctoral researchers. You can find out more about Hugh and his extensive experience here: http://ithinkwell.com.au/hugh_kearns.html

The workshops, which have been organised as part of the Researcher Development Programme will take place on Wednesday 12th February and will provide researchers with a range of essential skills:

Presenting Your Research With Confidence is an interactive and fun workshop which will provide a clear step-by-step structure that you will be able to use again and again to give high quality presentations.

It will cover:

  • How to make your message relevant to your audience
  • How to structure and link parts of your talk
  • Preparing materials, notes, handouts, powerpoint
  • Practicing
  • Delivery
  • How to handle questions
  • Dealing with nervousness

How to Plan Your PhD will introduce you to the very specific skills and tools needed to plan a PhD. At the end of the workshop you will have your own PhD Planning Toolkit and will know how to use it to:

  • Create your big picture thesis plan
  • Unpack your thesis down into logical parts
  • Create tasks lists for each stage of your thesis
  • Estimate times and schedule tasks
  • Create a Gantt chart for your thesis
  • Keep on track as you implement your plan
  • Plan your writing
  • Manage the finances
  • Identify risks and deal with setbacks

If you would like further information or to Book A Place on one (or both!) of Hugh’s workshops, please visit:

Researcher Development Events

For more information on the Researcher Development Programme, and to find out about our other events, check out our webpages at Researcher Development Programme or contact us at researcher-development@sussex.ac.uk

Summer fixtures on the Researcher Development Programme at Sussex

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Daffodil against sky backdropTo sign up to any of these events, book your place on our events listing page. If you have any questions about our workshops please get in touch with us at researcher-development@sussex.ac.uk.

8th May 14:00-17:00 – Practical Tips to improve you Academic Writing

Does your cutting-edge research sound a little dry by the time it hits the page? Are you daunted by the prospect of the blank page? Does your thesis need a little flare to keep the examiner’s attention? This workshop aims to help you get the most out of the written word, combining tricks and tips from the worlds of creative writing, marketing, and academic editing.

9th May 14:30-16:00 – Keeping Up to Date in your Subject

Run by Library Research Support, this session will explore the range of essential tools and techniques available to keep up to date with research in your subject area, including the use of database alerts to keep you on top of newly published articles.

14th May 10:00-11.30 – Developing your Sussex Online Profile

This session will show you how to set up your Sussex online profile, a useful tool in promoting yourself and your research. We will cover what sort of information you should include and how to make the most of it.

14th May 14:00-16:00 – Building your Academic Web Presence

Whether we like it or not, marketing yourself as a researcher is now a requisite part of securing employment, whether academic or otherwise. In this session we will look at successful strategies for portraying yourself positively online.

21st May 14:00-16:00 – Managing your Bibliographic References

This hands-on workshop is suitable for anyone who would like to learn about the reference management software which is available to manage bibliographic data and related research materials. The pros and cons of different packages will be discussed, and some practical guidance on using Zotero will then follow.

24th May – 11:00-12:00 – Finding Theses and Dissertations for your Research

Run by Library Research Support, this session will introduce a range of tools that can help you find other doctoral dissertations and theses in your subject area.

28th May 14:00-17:00 – Introduction to SPSS

An introductory SPSS course for beginners that will cover the basics to get you started. You will learn how to use some of the functions of SPSS, including data entry and creating some basic output.

30th May 13:00-15:00 – Preparing for the Viva – Life Sciences and BSMS

This workshop is intended for Life Sciences and BSMS doctoral researchers in their final year. The aim of the workshop is to de-mystify the viva process and provide tools to help you prepare for your viva.

Monday 3 December, 9.30-12.00, Bramber House 256

There are many benefits to managing and sharing your research data – to get more citations, to meet research funders’ requirements, and to make your life easier! This half-day workshop provides an introduction to research data management, the range of activities and role

s that should be considered when planning and implementing new projects, and an overview of tools that can help.

Objectives:

  • understand funders’ requirements for data management and sharing
  • learn how you can safeguard research outputs and increase citations
  • identify the processes and activities involved in research data management
  • be aware of the free services and tools available

This workshop is suitable for researchers at all levels. Tea, coffee and Danish pastries will be served.

Please contact Joanna Ball (j.e.ball@sussex.ac.uk) to register for the event or for further information.

Upcoming researcher development events at Sussex

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We have a number of workshops coming up for doctoral researchers over the next few weeks which may be of interest. For further details and to book your place please see:

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/doctoralschool/internal/researcherdev/events/date

  • Measuring research impact using bibliometric tools, this Thursday 22nd Nov
  • Taking control: time, project & stress management, next Monday 26th Nov
  • Preparing to complete your doctorate, next Wednesday 28th Nov
  • Media skills training, Mon 3rd Dec

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at researcher-development@sussex.ac.uk.

Vitae SE Hub Speakeasy! Public speaking workshop for researchers, 13th June, Kent

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This is a workshop for researchers (postgraduate or research staff) in the South East. There is a strict limit of 25 places at this workshop. Once it is full a reserve list will operate. The workshop is free, though you must register with Vitae here. If you have any queries, please contact Ross on sehub@vitae.ac.uk

Wednesday 13th June, 09:30 – 17:30, University of Kent

Clear, effective and professional communication skills are absolutely essential to any academic. While researchers are taught essential research skills, less emphasis is placed on learning how to communicate their research effectively either in the lecture hall or in the seminar room. Speakeasy, a public-speaking training organisation, is a one-day workshop on the art of public speaking. Organised by a historian and a professional actor, the Speakeasy workshop is specifically geared towards researchers at the start of their career. Drawing on professional acting skills and techniques, our one-day course addresses the following issues:

  • How to be an effective communicator in the lecture theatre, seminar room or in the conference hall.
  • How to get your message across, keep your audience engaged and actually enjoy the experience.
  • Voice projection, posture, body language and how to calm your nerves.
  • Different modes of communication: how to lead seminars, chair conferences and conduct a Q&A.
  • Techniques for presenting, how to deliver complex ideas and personalise your style of delivery.
  • Methods of communication: how to use PowerPoint, present a poster and ‘how to think on your academic feet’.

Note on the workshop leaders:

Liza Filby is a historian based at King’s College, London. She was formerly Chair of the History Lab, the Institute of Historical Research’s national postgraduate network and editor of Vitae’s GradBritain. She has six years experience in running peer-based training workshops for PhD students.

Steven Clarke is a professional actor who trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He has worked extensively on stage, film and TV and has just returned from making his stage debut on Broadway. Steven has led training sessions on public speaking for both private and public sector organisations.

Reviews of previous Speakeasy workshops:

  • ‘A very, very good day – far exceeded expectations in terms of how useful it has been – thank you!’
  • ‘Great! Very passionate people, very useful!’
  • ‘The session made me realise the importance of public speaking as a tool of professional development and career advancement’
  • For a review of one workshop by History Lab organiser Amelia Nel go to: http://the-history-lab.blogspot.com/

Course requirements

All attendees are required to bring along with them a printed copy of 150 words on/about their research – this could be part of a chapter, paper etc. but not your original PhD research proposal. Please also make sure that you wear loose comfortable clothing; don’t be scared by this, no crazy stunts involved!