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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.

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Overview of reference management tools

Tue 22 Oct 2019, 10:00 - 11:30

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.

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

Tue 22 Oct 2019, 12:00 - 13:00

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.

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PGR Reps Training: Welcome event

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

Wed 23 Oct 2019, 12:00 - 14:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 27 Nov 2019, 12:00 - 14:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

All PGR Reps are invited to take part in this University-wide training workshop.

The workshop will cover:

  • a PGR Rep's roles and responsibilities
  • the 'feedback loop' - collecting and providing feedback
  • your Faculty and School structures and channels of communication
  • sources of further information and support.

You will have the opportunity to meet and network with other Reps in your Faculty.

A free sandwich lunch will be provided.

Creating and Managing your ORCID

Wed 23 Oct 2019, 14:00 - 15:00

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

Please bring either a laptop or tablet to the session if possible.

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Open Access in five simple steps

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

Thu 24 Oct 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 19 Nov 2019, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

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.

By the end of this session you will:

* Understand the benefits of Open Access for you as an individual researcher, and for the wider world

* Understand different ways of publishing research Open Access

* Know how to choose the most appropriate Open Access method for your work

* Know how to ensure compliance with institutional and funder Open Access requirements

* Understand how the Librarys Research Services team can help you

Shut up and write

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

Thu 24 Oct 2019, 14:00 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 4 Nov 2019, 10:00 - 12:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 15 Nov 2019, 13:00 - 15:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 3 Dec 2019, 10:00 - 12:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Shut Up and Write is an event in which researchers come together for a fixed amount of time and write. During this time there is no talking, no internet, no reading... just writing. It is a great way to carve out dedicated writing time and 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 (with free tea, coffee and snacks) in between writing sessions of 35 minutes, to help keep you motivated and on-task.

The room will be open at least five minutes prior to the session. Please arrive early enough to allow yourself time to settle in before the session starts.

Don't forget your laptop!

Introduction to research data management in Science and Engineering

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

Tue 29 Oct 2019, 14:00 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 25 Nov 2019, 14:00 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Researchers collect, receive and manage research data in many forms, ranging from measurements and models to videos and simulations. Managing your data can be complex, but a little planning at the beginning can help you save time, increase your visibility and work more effectively.

During this workshop we will consider:

* Effective strategies for storing, backing up and organising your files

* Methods for working collaboratively on your data

* Writing a data management plan

* Funder requirements for managing and sharing data

You are encouraged to bring an electronic device to this session.

MRE Writing Retreat

Fri 8 Nov 2019, 09:00 - 17:00

MRE Writing Retreat: Making your writing visible

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 techniques that you can apply throughout the day. These strategies will focus on making your writing visible and how this can help you to measure progress, keep track and change your 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.

Lunch will be provided. In response to your feedback, we aim for this retreat to be as waste-free as possible so please bring along your re-usable coffee cups / water bottles if you can.

Spaces are limited so booking is essential.

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 be introduced to some useful 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

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How to get Published with IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

Mon 11 Nov 2019, 10:00 - 11:00

Increase the visibility of your research and build author credibility by publishing in a leading title.

Learn how to identify the best journal or conference for your work and navigate the paper submission and peer review process.

Review the required elements and proper structure of a manuscript to avoid reasons why papers may be rejected.

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7 steps to raising your research profile

Mon 11 Nov 2019, 13:00 - 14:30

Getting noticed promoting yourself and your research online

This workshop will help you develop 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?
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Introduction to research data management in Biology, Medicine and Health

Tue 12 Nov 2019, 14:00 - 16:00

Researchers collect, receive and manage research data in many forms, ranging from measurements and questionnaires to videos and simulations. Managing your data can be complex, but a little planning at the beginning can help you save time, increase your visibility and work more effectively.

During this workshop we will consider:

  • Effective strategies for storing, backing up and organising your files
  • Ways to work collaboratively on your data
  • Writing a data management plan
  • Funder requirements for managing and sharing data

You are encouraged to bring an electronic device to this session.

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Mindfulness for Postgraduate Research

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

Wed 13 Nov 2019, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 28 Jan 2020, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This workshop will provide a practical introduction to Mindfulness. You will work with others to learn more about what mindfulness is and how it might be able to help you approach the PhD journey differently. Mindfulness can help to improve concentration, help you get less stuck at times of difficulty, and positively enhance your wellbeing. You will practise applying mindfulness to the day to day challenges of your PhD in order to support your wellbeing and equip you to keep moving forwards.

Postgraduate Research: Understanding what to expect

Thu 21 Nov 2019, 10:00 - 12:00

This workshop will introduce you to the key stages postgraduate researchers undergo in respect to a large research project. The objective is to illustrate the common challenges faced at the start of the project, as you progress with your writing, and once you reach the final stages of your work. The workshop will present postgraduate study as a process that can be universalized but has personal impact and you will work with others (who are interested in or currently engaged in postgraduate study) to map the relevant support available to you.

The workshop presents an opportunity for you to connect with others in the postgraduate community, it will showcase the wealth of support and resources you might access and it presents an opportunity to express any concerns you may have about making and managing this transition.

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Publishing in Academic Journals (hosted by Taylor and Francis)

Thu 21 Nov 2019, 13:00 - 14:00

"Publishing in academic journals: tips to help you succeed"

The Publishing in academic journals: tips to help you succeed session, led by Taylor & Francis, will guide you through the process of getting a paper published, including:

  • choosing a journal,
  • what to think about when writing to improve your chances of publication,
  • how to navigate the peer review process,
  • what you can do once your article is published to increase its impact.

Primarily aimed at early career researchers, well also cover:

  • open access
  • article metrics,
  • use of social media,
  • how to respond to reviewers comments.

By the end of the session you'll have a thorough understanding of the steps involved for authors in publishing a journal article, the key information sources you should be aware of, and what you can be doing to help get that paper published.

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Enhance your Public Speaking Skills using Improvisation Techniques

Fri 22 Nov 2019, 13:00 - 15:00

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.

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Who's Talking about your Research Online?

Thu 5 Dec 2019, 13:00 - 14:00

A new way to track who's talking about your research.

Researchers are increasingly required to demonstrate the impact that their research is having beyond traditional academia. The emerging area of altmetrics offers new and powerful ways to track and report on the online attention of research.

This session will provide an overview of the tools and support that the Library provides to University of Manchester researchers in this new area of scholarly communications.

During this session we will consider the following:

  • How are altmetrics being used by publishers, funders and research institutions?
  • How can I find out my own altmetric data?
  • How can I benefit from altmetric data?
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Introduction to managing research materials and data for the Faculty of Humanities

Thu 12 Dec 2019, 14:00 - 16:00

Have you ever had problems finding the latest version of a file, or discovered a file name you did not understand?

Researchers receive, collect and manage a lot of information from different sources ranging from documents and publications to surveys and videos. Managing your information can be complex, but a little planning at the beginning can help you save time, increase your visibility and work more effectively.

During this workshop we will consider:

* Effective strategies for storing, backing up and organising your files

* Methods for working collaboratively on your files

* Writing a data management plan

* Funder requirements for managing and sharing data

You are encouraged to bring an electronic device to this session.

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