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2018-19 Graduate School Development Programme is open for booking!

lossy-page1-629px-_Getting_em_up__at_U.S.Naval_Training_Camp,_Seattle,_Washington._Webster_&_Stevens._-_NARA_-_533698.tifIf you are a postgraduate researcher, or early career researcher looking to update your research skills, the Graduate School has released a programme of skills development, open for booking in time for the new academic year. The programme can be found via the Gateway Calendar. Just log in with your UoN user name and password.

Workshops offered for Postgraduate Researchers include Preparing for Transfer and For the Viva, the latter running twice a year in October and next May as part of a Finishing Development Day along with Editing and Finishing Your Thesis and Proofreading your Work. Getting Started 1 and 2 are for research students just starting out and include workshops such as Setting out, Writing and Structuring your Thesis, Systematic Literature Searching and Risk Assessing your Research. We also have Development Days on Getting Published and Effective Progress, the latter for students mid-way through their doctoral studies. All these Development Days are planned months in advance so students can take time off work to attend. Students can also attend via Skype/Collaborate. 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 Generic Skills Programme 2013-14

GSWLogoThe Graduate School’s generic workshop programme 2013-14, for UN Research Degree Students, can be found via the link below. 

Our Development Days consist of a full day of workshops (usually three, plus lunch) for a specific stage of study. The Development Day programme begins again in the 2014-15 academic year.

All workshops are available for booking via the Eventbrite booking system, links shown in the attachments.

Graduate School generic workshops 2013-14  (Most recent update: 28th May 2014)

Development day schedule (Finished for 2013-2014 academic year)

If you have any questions please contact the Training Coordinator for Research Programmes, Simone Apel.

Introducing the Skills Hub

Skills Hub screenshotA message from Georgina Dimmock, Head of Academic Liaison in Library and Learning Services:

The Skills Hub is a new open access resource from Library and Learning Services containing videos, guides, interactive tutorials and blog posts on study skills topics. The material covers an array of levels and is for use by students, schools, researchers and the community.  Academic staff are welcome to link from within NILE to specific materials on the Skills Hub. Library staff will also be publicising and tweeting links to timely resources on the hub at targeted points throughout year.

You can visit the Skills Hub at