The 2015-16 PGR and ECR Skills Development Programme

Graduate School WorkshopsThe 2015-16 Graduate School’s development programme for postgraduate research (PGR) students and early career researchers (ECRs*) is HERE! Come back to this post whenever you want to find out what’s on. Other workshops will be added through the year. 

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Workshops/events bookable at the moment.

** Here is the full Graduate School Skills Development Programme for the academic year 2015-16. All the workshops offered are listed below **

Creativity in Research by Dr Adair Richards on Wednesday 4th November 2015 (am)
*NEW Influencing, negotiating and networking by Dr Adair Richards on Wednesday 4th November 2015 (pm)
Finding Resources on the Web on Thursday 5th November (11-13:00)
SPSS 1: An Introduction Wednesday 11th November 2015 (14:00 to 16:00)
*NEW Smarter speed reading on Wednesday 18th November 2015 (10-13:00) This workshop is repeated through the year, see below.
Preparing for the Viva on Tuesday 24th November 2015 (17:00-19:00)
SPSS part 2: Basic inferential statistics on Wednesday 25 November 2015 (14:00 to 16:00)
*NEW Career management for researchers: Self-employment – is it for you? on Tuesday, 1 December 2015 (12:00-14:00)
What can bibliometrics do for you Tuesday 8th December 2015 (13:00-15:00)
POSTPONED (now see 20th January 2016)
Finding alternative sources of funding (for PGR students) Thursday, 10 December 2016
Getting Started 2 Development Day – 16th December 2015. For new research students.
Postgraduate Research Student Network: Christmas get-together16th December 2015
*NEW Career management for researchers: Self-employment business planning on Monday 11 January 2016 (13:30-15:30)
Pre-Transfer Development Day for PGR students approaching Transfer of Registration. 14th January 2016.
Finding alternative sources of funding (for PGR students) Wednesday, 20 January 2016 (15:00 to 17:00)
Career management for researchers: CV workshop on Monday 25 January 2016 (12:00-13:00)
Smarter speed reading on Tuesday 26th January 2016 (10:00-13:00)
Images of Research 2015-16 launch and drinks reception on Monday 1st February in Avenue Gallery Corridor (5-6:30pm)
Publishing and Promoting your Research Development Day on 16th February 2016
*NEW Using MS Excel for data management and descriptive statistics on Weds 17th February 2016 (13:00-15:00) [Note this is a new date]
Career management for researchers: Mock interview workshop on Thursday, 18 February 2016 from 12:00 to 13:00
Finishing Development Day for PGRs between Transfer and completion. Tuesday 23rd February 2016
*NEW Leadership Skills for Researchers on Wednesday 24th February 2016
Building Professional Relationships: How to get the best from the student/supervisor relationship on Tuesday 1st March 9:30-12:30
Career management for researchers: CV workshop on Tuesday, 1 March 2016 from 16:00 to 17:00
*NEW Using MS Excel for descriptive and inferential statistics on Weds 9th March 2016 (13:00-15:00) [Note this is a new date]
*NEW Turbocharge your Writing (Hugh Kearns) on Friday 11th March 2016 (waiting list only)
Poster design and presenting on Tuesday 12th April 2016 (12:30-14:30)
Q methodology on Weds 13th April 2016 (11:00-13:00)
Smarter speed reading on Thursday 21st April 2016 (10:00-13:00)
Intro to Qualitative methods half-day on Monday 25th April 2016 (9:30-13:15)
SPSS Intermediate: ANOVA * Weds 27th April (13:00-15:00)
Part-Time Researcher Development Day on Friday 6th May 2016
Successful Research Proposals & Ethics on Tuesday 10th May 2016 (9:30-12:30)
Writing and Structuring your Thesis on Tuesday 10 May 2016 (13:15-15:15)
SPSS Intermediate: Factorial ANOVA * on Thursday 12th May (15:00-17:00)
SPSS Intermediate: Regression Analysis * Thursday 19th May (13:00-15:00)
Excellent conference presentations with Dr Adair Richards Friday, 10 June 2016 (09:15-14:45)
SPSS Intermediate: Psychometrics * on Weds 15th June (15:00-17:00)
Phenomenology workshop on Thursday, 16 June (15:00 to 17:00)
How to Argue
on Weds 22nd June 2016 (11:00-13:00)
Publishing and reviewing with Taylor & Francis: A Researcher workshop on Thursday 30th June (10:00-13:00)
Intellectual Property for Researchers with Professor Charles Oppenheim on Wednesday, 6 July 2016 (09:30-14:30)
Free writing summer school workshop on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 (9:15 to 16:15)
Analysing Qualitative Data on Monday, 18 July 2016 (12:00 to 14:00)
Qualitative Data Analysis Using NVivo on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 (10:00 to 13:00)

* For beginner’s training in SPSS please contact CfAP, via NILE or at the Rockingham Library, Park Campus.

Development Days

Getting Started 1 Development Day for new PGR students. 26th November 2015.
(3 workshops – Systematic Literature Searching, Risk Assessing your Research, Word: Working with Long Documents. Can be booked separately).

Getting Started 2 Development Day for new PGR students. 16th December 2015
(3 workshops – Successful Research Proposals and Ethics, Writing and Structuring your Thesis, Planning and Time Management Tips. Can be booked separately.)

Pre-Transfer Development Day for PGR students approaching Transfer of Registration. 14th January 2016 (3 workshops – Preparing for Transfer; Create your own data management plan; Preparing for the Mock Viva and Transfer Seminar. Can be booked separately.)

Publishing and Promoting your Research for all researchers on 16th February (11:00-16:00).
(3 workshops – Getting Published in Academic Journals; Meet-the-Editors lunch; Promoting and Communicating your Research Online. Can be booked separately.)

Finishing Development Day for PGRs between Transfer and completion. 23rd February 2016 (2 workshops – Preparing for the Viva and Viva Survivors Q&A session; Editing and Finishing Your Thesis; *NEW Proofreading your Work. Can be booked separately.)

Events for 2015-16

  • Tuesday October 27th-Friday October 30th 2015: PGR Induction week
  • Monday February 1st 2016 5pm-6:30pm: Images of Research 2015-16 Private Viewing in Avenue Gallery Corridor (exhibition will remain here until February 19th)
  • Tuesday March 15-Friday March 18th 2016: PGR Induction week
  • Wednesday May 18th 2016: Graduate School 11th Annual Poster Competition. Call for posters!
  • Tuesday June 14th 2016: Graduate School PGR and ECR Annual Conference in HLT3 Call for papers
  • Tuesday 21st June 2016: Graduate School Update Day 2016 in HLT3: Focus on Research Integrity.

Watch this space for updates. Most workshops will be repeated in the next academic year, if you missed something :-).

* We define Early Career Researchers (ECRs) as those members of University staff starting out on their career whose work role involves a substantial amount of research.

Post updated 19th May 2016

About Simone Apel

Researcher Developer for The Graduate School, University of Northampton.

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