New Development Days for PGRs

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The Graduate School are running new monthly Development Days for PGRs – a full day on campus on a theme – featuring practical workshops with lunch and the opportunity to meet with your fellow PGRs from across the university. Seriously consider taking a day out to do this. Doctoral study can be isolating and meeting up with others is a great way to share your concerns, chat about your research, share tips and tricks for progressing and increasing your motivation.

Please book on Gateway using the links below (click on the green Respond button). Contact Simone with any booking issues.

Weds 18th January: Resilience in Research: Wellbeing theme

Book morning and afternoon separately. Lunch Included.
Part 1 Refocus, reenergise and build resiliency

This session will be facilitated by Daniela Bultoc, an award-winning emotional intelligence and resilient leader coach.

Part 2 Round table discussions for all researchers (afternoon)

This session will be facilitated by Cathy Smith, Dean of Research, Impact and Innovation
Tuesday 31st January: Critical Thinking and Academic CommunicationThe ability to critically read and analyse academic sources is fundamental for postgraduate researchers. You will also need to be able to express your own arguments clearly and concisely, so critical reading and writing is a necessary skill to develop as you progress through your degree.
This Development Day aims to help you:
– understand what the term ‘criticality’ means in academia, and why it is fundamental
– practise how to critically analyses texts in-depth in your discipline
– explore how to transfer critical thought into academic communication
– develop as a self-critical writer
Friday 17th February:
Facilitated Writing Retreat


Lunch included
Facilitated by Dr Alison Hardy. This session is for Postgraduate Researchers who are looking for new writing strategies and a dedicated block of time to write. The day includes a 90 minute workshop where you will be introduced to some writing strategies and three writing slots where you can progress writing projects in a supportive environment. During the writing time everyone is in the same room working individually on their own writing projects.

Wednesday 8th March: Statistics Development Day

Lunch included
Facilitated by Paul Rice and Prof Jackie Campbell

This is a one day workshop on statistics and quantitative data analysis. The session will use Jisc Online Surveys, SPSS, importing data from Excel and a practical hands on introduction covering descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing and inferential statistics. (You should have SPSS installed on your device.)
Friday 31st March: Excellent Academic Presentations

Lunch included
On this development day, experienced researcher and academic, Dr Adair Richards, focuses on improving your presentations skills enabling you to deliver confident, clear and persuasive presentations both for internal seminars and external conferences. We will utilise a range of discussions, reflection, and experiential exercises to develop techniques to enhance the impact our presentations have. 
Tuesday 23rd May:
How to be an Effective Researcher: The Middle Years 


Lunch included
The aim of the day is to help middle year doctoral researchers maintain the momentum of their doctorate as they enter their second year (full-time equivalent), and to refocus on the wider process of successfully completing their doctorate on time.

Facilitator Dr Katy Mahoney specialises in researcher performance coaching, supporting researchers who want improve their productivity, self-confidence and communication skills in order deliver successful research projects.
Monday 5th June: Qualitative research methods: an interactive guide

Lunch included
This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to explore – as well as compare and contrast – a number of key methods of data collection used by qualitative researchers. The morning session will focus on questionnaires and interviews, with the afternoon session exploring focus groups, observation and photography. 

This session will be run by visiting facilitator, Dr Neil Raven. Neil runs his own educational consultancy and is an active researcher in the field of widening participation.

About Simone Apel

Researcher Developer for The Graduate School, University of Northampton.

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