Researcher Development: upcoming events

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The Easter break is rapidly approaching, and this might be a good time for you to consider your own development as a researcher – to have a little ‘for me’ time. There are some great workshops coming up between now and the Summer term, and all these still have spaces at the time of going to press. Bookings for all these workshops and more, from the Researcher Development Events page on the Doctoral School website.

Undertaking a literature review in the social sciences – 22 March, 13:30-15:30

This workshop is intended for 1st and 2nd year Social Sciences doctoral researchers. The session will provide guidance on where to begin your literature review, including what tools and resources are available to you. You will also receive subject specific tips and advice on how to plan and structure the content of your literature review. Previous feedback from researchers:

  • “One of the best workshops offered as far as I know!”
  • “Well presented, clear slides and interesting examples – I learnt a lot”
  • “Very useful, recommended for new researchers”

Becoming an effective researcher – 28 March, 09:30-16:30

This workshop is intended for 1st and 2nd year doctoral researchers. The session aims to enhance your effectiveness as a doctoral researcher by providing you with an opportunity to build your understanding, skills and confidence in communication, planning and time management, problem solving, and assertiveness. The workshop will help you to develop a greater awareness of your own learning and working styles, and will cover the keys skills required of a researcher, such as project management, working effectively with others, and managing professional relationships. By the end of the workshop you should have:

  • Understood the key skills of an effective researcher
  • Increased your confidence and ability to plan and manage your research
  • Learnt how to develop sound working relationships
  • Increased your awareness of your own learning and working styles

Introduction to LaTeX – 28 March, 14:00-16:00

This course is for anybody who wants to learn how to use the document preparation system LaTex and is particularly useful for those preparing scientific and technical documents. This session will teach you how to get started with the LaTeX document preparation system. LaTeX is useful for producing a whole variety of typeset documents including reports, articles, slides and even doctoral theses. There are a variety of reasons for learning LaTeX however the benefits of using it may not be immediately apparent, particularly for those who are used to working with WYSIWYG word processing systems. The course will highlight the benefits of learning LaTeX and demonstrate that despite its appearance, it is really quite easy to produce professional looking documents in a very short time. You will learn how to:

  • run LaTex to produce documents for viewing and printing
  • alter the format of your documents
  • add sections, subsections and itemised lists
  • include figures and quotations
  • make tables and equations
  • make references to sections, figures, tables and equations in the text
  • maintain a bibliography database
  • make citations
  • produce a bibliography automatically from citations in the text


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