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.


 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.

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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.


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.


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.


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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