mobile menu decorative search icon decorativeSearch the site

Workshops

Workshops and training for researchers

 Attendance at MRE sessions counts towards Postgraduate Researcher training hours.  Add details to your eProg record following our MRE_eProg_guide.pdf.

Switch to calendar view

Shut up and write. On-campus

Shut Up and Write is an event for researchers to come together for a fixed amount of time and write. The aim is not to put pressure on you to be productive, rather, to help you carve out some dedicated time to write and to present a chance to connect with other researchers. It is a great way make progress on those thesis chapters, journal articles, or grant applications.

Whilst two hours doesn't sound like much, it is amazing what you can get done if you really focus. There will be short, scheduled breaks in between writing sessions of 35 minutes, to help keep you motivated and on-task. During the breaks there will also be time to reflect on some of the challenges we are facing as a research community and how we might support one another.

Booking on

Due to popularity, booking onto the event is essential to ensure a place.

Further support

Talk to us online via Library Chat now. You can email us for us advice and to book one-to-ones: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Thu 20 Jan 2022, 11:00 - 13:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Mon 14 Feb 2022, 10:00 - 12:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Fri 18 Mar 2022, 10:00 - 12:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 21 Apr 2022, 10:00 - 12:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Pure support session

The Pure Support Team is hosting online support sessions between 10.30 am and 11.30 am. Each session will be 20 minutes long during which a member of the Pure team will provide 1:1 support to help you with your Pure queries. If you have questions about using Pure, your researcher profile or need help with a specific activity or task, please book your session via the appointments booking form on the Pure support website. At the time of the appointment, you will receive a call via MS Teams by a member of the Pure support team.

Areas covered at the session:

  • Your researcher profile
  • Publications and Open Access
  • Your project records
  • Other areas of using Pure

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Thu 27 Jan 2022, 10:30 - 11:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 3 Mar 2022, 10:30 - 11:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Gale Digital Scholar Lab (Online)

Tue 1 Feb 2022, 16:00 - 17:00 GMT

Are you interested in the possibilities of text and data mining?

Join us for an online workshop on Tuesday 1st February in which we will explore Gale Digital Scholar Lab.

The Gale Digital Scholar Lab can be used by researchers and students across all academic disciplines to quickly analyse massive volumes of data and spot trends and patterns. It includes full text access to most of our Gale subscriptions such as newspaper archives; you can also upload your own data sets. The platform is designed for users of all levels and doesn't require any coding.

This workshop provides an excellent opportunity to explore this exciting new tool and to speak directly to staff from Gale and get answers to any questions you might have.

For more information, download the Digital Scholar Lab brochure.

Find out more
  • Students
  • Staff

Shut up and write. Online

Shut Up and Write is an event for researchers to come together for a fixed amount of time and write. The aim is not to put pressure on you to be productive, rather, to help you carve out some dedicated time to write and to present a chance to connect with other researchers. It is a great way make progress on those thesis chapters, journal articles, or grant applications.

Whilst two hours doesn't sound like much, it is amazing what you can get done if you really focus. There will be short, scheduled breaks in between writing sessions of 35 minutes, to help keep you motivated and on-task. During the breaks there will also be time to reflect on some of the challenges we are facing as a research community and how we might support one another.

How to book on

This event will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom.us. Booking onto the event is essential to receive the link and passcode to join.

Zoom guidance and support

All University of Manchester students and staff should register at Zoom.us using their University of Manchester email address, only authenticated users can join this event. Help and support with using Zoom is provided by Media Services. Updates are posted to the Media Services website, and you can contact the team by emailing mediaservices@manchester.ac.uk.

Further support

Can't make this session? Talk to us online via Library Chat now, or send us an email: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk.

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Thu 3 Feb 2022, 10:00 - 12:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 3 Mar 2022, 10:00 - 12:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 6 Apr 2022, 14:00 - 16:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Tue 3 May 2022, 10:00 - 12:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 9 Jun 2022, 12:00 - 14:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

7 steps to raising your research profile

Mon 7 Feb 2022, 11:00 - 12:00 GMT

This workshop will help you to raise your research profile by getting noticed promoting yourself and your research online. We will explore useful strategies for managing your online research presence by considering the following questions:

  • Which online tools and platforms are the most useful to me?
  • How can I find the time to use social media tools to promote my research?
  • How can I maximise access to my research?
  • How do I know if my online presence strategies are effective?

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Booking onto the session is essential in order to receive the link to join.

Find out more

Resilience for PGRs: Managing the challenges of research

In this workshop you will explore three of the most common challenges identified by PhD candidates: managing your relationship with your supervisor; time management and procrastination; and dealing with setbacks during research.

You will explore the context around these issues and how they affect the research process, before working with other postgraduate researchers to help develop the necessary skills and approaches for dealing with them.

Finally, you will be introduced to established models and strategies for working effectively with your supervisory team, beating the procrastination cycle and maintaining resilience in the face of setbacks.

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Fri 11 Feb 2022, 10:00 - 12:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 5 May 2022, 14:00 - 16:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Enhance your Public Speaking Skills using Improvisation Techniques

In this fully interactive workshop you will learn a range of improvisation techniques that will improve your confidence about public speaking and informal networking.

Improvisation is a form of unscripted theatre that relies on heightened communication and creativity. Aside from performance, it can be also be used to promote teamwork, enhance presentation skills and ease social anxiety. We will focus on the application of improvisation for improving public speaking skills and will provide you with practical exercises to help you build confidence in communicating with a variety of audiences.

Learn to be more present, feel confident speaking in any setting and embrace failure.

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom.

Booking onto the session is essential in order to receive the link to join.

All University of Manchester students and staff should register at Zoom.us using their University of Manchester email address, only authenticated users can join this event. Help and support with using Zoom is provided by Media Services. Updates are posted to the Media Services website, and you can contact the team by emailing mediaservices@manchester.ac.uk.

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Tue 15 Feb 2022, 11:00 - 12:15 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 17 Mar 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 28 Apr 2022, 10:30 - 12:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Tue 24 May 2022, 11:00 - 12:15 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Pure drop-in

The Pure drop-in will be held online via Zoom. For details of how to join the online session, please log into your Pure account, where you will find log-in details for the session. The Zoom details will be available on Pure a week before the drop-in.

Do you have a question about using Pure? Something like:

  • How can I set up my Pure account?
  • How do I upload publications to Pure?
  • How can I extract my Pure data for use elsewhere?

Come along to our Pure drop-in session and ask one of our advisers. There's no need to book, just turn up on the day!

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Thu 17 Feb 2022, 12:30 - 13:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 10 Mar 2022, 12:30 - 13:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 7 Apr 2022, 12:30 - 13:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

An introduction to publishing your research (hosted by Wiley) (Online)

Thu 17 Feb 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 GMT

The session will involve a presentation from Wiley publishing professions. It will give an overview of the publishing process for those who are new to publishing, covering the topics of submitting a paper, finding the right home for your paper, publishing Open Access and how to promote your published paper. This session will be online.

Find out more

Introduction to Research Data Management Part One

Researchers collect, receive and manage research data in many forms. Managing your data can be complex, but a little planning at the beginning can save you time, raise your research profile and help you work more effectively. This session aims to provide you with confidence in data and information management and introduce you to resources and services to help with Research Data Management.

How to book on

This event will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom.us. Booking onto the event is essential to receive the link and passcode to join.

Further support

Can't make this session? Talk to us online via Library Chat now, or send us an email: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk.

Zoom guidance and support

All University of Manchester students and staff should register at Zoom.us using their University of Manchester email address, only authenticated users can join this event. Help and support with using Zoom is provided by Media Services. Updates are posted to the Media Services website, and you can contact the team by emailing mediaservices@manchester.ac.uk.

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Wed 23 Feb 2022, 14:00 - 15:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Tue 26 Apr 2022, 14:00 - 15:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Overview of reference management tools

Tue 8 Mar 2022, 11:00 - 12:30 GMT

Getting organised: guidance for using reference management tools.

Keeping track of published research, referencing other research outputs in your own writing and identifying new opportunities for collaboration can be time-consuming processes.

In this session we will help you to be well-organised and efficient, showing you how reference management software can help store, organise and annotate references and create accurate citations and bibliographies in thousands of different referencing styles.

Web-based packages also enable you to build academic social networks to share and discuss research publications, identify researchers working in your field and crowd-source the latest publications in your research area.

This workshop will introduce you to using reference management tools and the support provided by The University of Manchester Library.

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Booking onto the session is essential in order to receive the link to join.

All University of Manchester students and staff should register at Zoom.us using their University of Manchester email address, only authenticated users can join this event. Help and support with using Zoom is provided by Media Services. Updates are posted to the Media Services website, and you can contact the team by emailing mediaservices@manchester.ac.uk.

Find out more

Choosing a Credible Journal and How to Avoid 'Predatory Publishers'

Thu 10 Mar 2022, 12:00 - 13:00 GMT

This workshop will equip you with the skills to spot so-called 'Predatory Publishers', and feel confident in the credibility of the journals you will be submitting to. By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Feel confident in your ability to identify credible journals
  • Understand the motivations behind 'Predatory Publishing'
  • Understand the consequences of submitting your work to non-reputable journals
  • Spot the common characteristics of non-reputable publishers
  • Use established tools and processes to check the credibility of a journal

As part of this workshop we will be running an activity where a personal device (mobile phone, laptop, tablet etc.) would be useful but is not essential.

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Booking onto the session is essential in order to receive the link to join.

All University of Manchester students and staff should register at Zoom.us using their University of Manchester email address, only authenticated users can join this event. Help and support with using Zoom is provided by Media Services. Updates are posted to the Media Services website, and you can contact the team by emailing mediaservices@manchester.ac.uk.

Find out more

Introduction to Research Data Management Part Two

Sharing research data has numerous benefits including facilitating new collaborations and allowing new research questions to be answered. Data sharing is also mandated by many research, funders and publishers. This session aims to provide you with confidence in sharing your data and introducing you to using our institutional research repository, Figshare, to make data discoverable and increase research impact.

How to book on

This event will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom.us. Booking onto the event is essential to receive the link and passcode to join.

Further support

Can't make this session? Talk to us online via Library Chat now, or send us an email: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk.

Zoom guidance and support

All University of Manchester students and staff should register at Zoom.us using their University of Manchester email address, only authenticated users can join this event. Help and support with using Zoom is provided by Media Services. Updates are posted to the Media Services website, and you can contact the team by emailing mediaservices@manchester.ac.uk.

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Fri 11 Mar 2022, 11:00 - 12:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 12 May 2022, 11:00 - 12:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Writing your Data Management Plan - a QA Session

Are you starting to write your Data Management Plan but have questions? Then this hour long session is for you. Here is the format:

* Introduction and a brief overview of the Data Management Plan, including why each section is important

* 20 min question and answer session - ask any DMP related questions on your mind

* 10 min break - we would encourage this time to be spent looking at your DMP to see if you can apply what youve learnt

* 10 min for any further questions and session wrap up

If this sounds like something that would be useful to you, book onto a session today and start getting your questions ready.

Participant information

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this

link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Wed 23 Mar 2022, 12:00 - 13:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 25 May 2022, 12:00 - 13:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

MRE Writing Retreat (On-Campus)

Fri 25 Mar 2022, 09:00 - 17:00 GMT

The aim of this one-day writing retreat is to provide a quiet space where staff and researchers can make progress with their writing. It is a great way to carve out dedicated time to get on with those journal articles, thesis chapters, HEA Fellowships or grant applications.

The day will start with some useful writing warm-up techniques that you can apply throughout the day. These strategies will focus on: getting started, overcoming writers block and trying a different writing approach. The majority of the day will be spent in concentrated writing sessions where there should be no talking, no internet, no research - just writing! There will be short, scheduled breaks (with free tea, coffee and snacks) in between these blocks of concentrated writing time, to help keep you motivated and on-task.

Don't forget your laptop!

Programme for the day:

9.00-9.20 Tea, coffee and registration

9.20-9.50 Set your writing goals for the day, and try some useful warm-up writing strategies

9.50-12.00 Concentrated writing time

12.00-13.00 Lunch and optional wellbeing activity

13.00-13.10 Reflect on your progress so far, re-evaluate your goals

13.10-15.20 Concentrated writing time

15.20-15.35 Coffee break

15.35-16.50 Concentrated writing time

16.50-17.00 Reflection

Find out more

Publishing your research in a journal: Developing your publication skillsets (hosted by SAGE) (Online)

Wed 30 Mar 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)

This workshop will equip you with a fundamental understanding of the publishing process, and what journal editors are looking for when reviewing and accepting academic papers. By exploring the key stages step-by-step, this session will help you identify your personal areas of focus as you work towards publishing your original research. By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Recognise the key stages of the publication process
  • Apply a number of criteria to identify potential journals for research submission
  • Identify 3-5 keywords to optimise the eventual discoverability of your paper
  • Locate useful resources in the SAGE Research Methods database to help you further develop your publication skillset

Before attending this workshop, please watch this short tutorial about the SAGE Research Methods database, which we will explore together during the session.

Find out more

Getting you ready and informed: for your publishing journey (Hosted by IEEE) ( On-Campus)

Tue 5 Apr 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)

Getting you ready and informed with IEEE publishers: and all the available tools and resources to help you on your publishing journey. This session will be on how to increase the visibility and impact of your research including,

  • Tips and best practices to improve an authors chances of getting published
  • What editors and reviewers look for in submissions
  • Common reasons why papers are rejected
  • Selecting the right publication for your research submission
  • Reasons to consider an open access journal for your submission
  • Open access options available from IEEE for authors and institutions
  • Research strategies using IEEE Xplore Digital Library
  • Authorship tools available from IEEE for promoting open science
Find out more

Creating and managing your ORCID

Thu 7 Apr 2022, 13:30 - 14:30 BST (GMT+1)

Ensuring connections between you and your research, ORCIDs are being adopted across all elements of the research community (ie. universities, publishers, funders) as the universal method for uniquely identifying researchers.

They are free to create and link researchers to their research activities.

At this session you can:

* Learn more about the benefits of ORCIDs

* Find out how to create your own ORCID

* Discover how to easily manage your ORCID account

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Booking onto the session is essential in order to receive the link to join.

All University of Manchester students and staff should register at Zoom.us using their University of Manchester email address, only authenticated users can join this event. Help and support with using Zoom is provided by Media Services. Updates are posted to the Media Services website, and you can contact the team by emailing mediaservices@manchester.ac.uk.

Find out more

Publishing in Academic Journals (hosted by Taylor and Francis) (Online)

Thu 5 May 2022, 11:00 - 12:30 BST (GMT+1)

Publishing is an integral element of the researcher process with most academics required to publish at least once in their professional career. Researchers must also navigate a publishing landscape that is constantly evolving. This workshop is designed for early career researchers who have limited publishing experience. It will provide a basic overview of the current state of academic publishing to enable a better understanding of the process and as well as offer guidance to help researchers succeed.

The workshop will cover the following topics with examples and the opportunity to ask questions:

  • Publishing cycle: basic overview of the publishing landscape and process
  • Assessing journals: what to look for when choosing where to publish
  • Open access benefits and challenges
  • Preparing your manuscript for publication
  • Peer review basics: overview with recommendations on how to respond to reviewer comments
  • Typical reasons for rejection and how to avoid them
Find out more

Open Access in five simple steps

Thu 19 May 2022, 11:00 - 12:00 BST (GMT+1)

Open Access (OA) is an essential consideration for all Manchester researchers and PGRs. This bitesize workshop will explain OA and why you should be thinking about openness when undertaking and seeking to publish your research.

This workshop will provide you with the following:

  • Understanding of the benefits of OA for you as an individual researcher, and for the wider world.
  • Awareness of the different ways of publishing OA research.
  • Ability to choose the most appropriate OA method for your work.
  • Knowing how to ensure compliance with institutional and funder OA requirements.
  • Understanding how the Library's Scholarly Communication team can help you.

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Booking onto the session is essential in order to receive the link to join.

All University of Manchester students and staff should register at Zoom.us using their University of Manchester email address, only authenticated users can join this event. Help and support with using Zoom is provided by Media Services. Updates are posted to the Media Services website, and you can contact the team by emailing mediaservices@manchester.ac.uk.

Find out more