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.
- 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 (email@example.com) to register for the event or for further information.
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:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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/
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!