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UEA Online Training Series for PGR’s 2017-18

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If you are looking for training courses to enhance your research skills and prepare for your post-PhD life, then the University of East Anglia (UEA) is offering online research and professional training series for postgraduate research students in a Live-taught online format. This online training is organized in five modules on the following topics: Academic writing, qualitative research skills, finishing your PhD, teaching skills and quantitative research skills. The overall series of 29 online training sessions can be available to all PGR students for £70 per session. All you need to know about the context, rationale and delivery of the training, the benefits for you and the potential costs involved is found in the UEA Online Training Series for PGR’s Brochure (1).

™, © and patent pending: unpicking intellectual property rights with IP Tutor

We all use intellectual property and we all create intellectual property, but the intricacies of IP law are often daunting. IP Tutor is an online course from the government’s Intellectual Property Office. For the low price of half an hour of your time it will help you understand the role and value of IP, whether you’re building on the work of others or maximising the potential of your own output.

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Would you like some free training in image-elicitation methods in the social sciences?

OU imageIf you are a research student, early career researcher or just wish to develop your social science methodological expertise you might be interested to know that The Open University is offering free, ESRC-funded, on-line advanced training on image-elicitation methods.

Professor Helen Lomax, from UN, is working with colleagues at the OU to deliver the training. The three short modules will provide opportunities for participants to share their research and explore case studies from contemporary social science research in small groups, facilitated by experienced visual researchers. Read the rest of this entry

’23 things’ for research

Dr Scott Turner has just drawn my attention to this latest iteration of the ’23 things’ programme: 23 things for research.

The original ’23 things’ programme was designed by Helene Blowers at the public library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County in North Carolina.  Its purpose was to introduce participants to new and emerging technologies.  The programme involved a series of 23 tasks or ‘things’, each related to the use of a new tool or service, and lasted nine weeks.  As they used the new tools, particpants were expected to maintain a reflective blog on their experiences (Wilkinson and Cragg, 2010, p.29).

This version, ’23 things for research’, is organised by the University of Oxford and aims to “expose you to a range of digital tools that could help you in your personal and professional development as a researcher, academic, student or in another role” (Bodleian Libraries, 2012). It is open to non-Oxford folk.

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Graduate School Workshops online on NILE

Gradschool logoIf you missed one of the 2012-13 Graduate School development workshops, or want to refresh your memory, do take a look on NILE at our training site “RES001 Postgraduate Research Training”. You’ll find Powerpoint slides, associated documents and a few videos for many of the workshops we ran this year.

Log into Nile, choose ‘Training materials’ from the left hand menu, then ‘Research Training Workshop Materials’. Also in the ‘Training materials’ content area you will find resources in the ‘Saturday Schools’ and ‘Induction’ folders.

logo_epigeumRES001 also contains a folder item entitled “Online Research Training”. This folder contains our Epigeum training resources on Research Methods. These are excellent online training tools which you can dip into as and when you are able. Why not take a look? We will shortly be making Epigeum workshops in Ethics available online so watch this space!

Research Methods: Distance learning workshops on Nile are available now!

Available on Nile are the excellent Epigeum online workshops in “Research Methods”. There are workshops in each of the following areas – Social sciences, Arts, Science and Literature Review. Go to “RES001: Postgraduate Research Training” and choose “Online Research Training” from the left-hand menu.