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

Tomorrow, 14:00 - 15:00

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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Shut up and write

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

Wed 11 Dec 2019, 14:00 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 8 Jan 2020, 14:00 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 23 Jan 2020, 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 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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Enhance your Public Speaking Skills using Improvisation Techniques

Fri 13 Dec 2019, 10:00 - 12:00

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 and networking 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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Research file management: Time to get organised

Tue 14 Jan 2020, 14:30 - 16:00

Finally dedicate some time to getting those files organised.

This session will share good practice and conventions for research file management - crucial for not only saving you time later on, but it will also enable you to share your data which has been shown to lead to higher citations and improved visibility of your work.

You will be given a range of practical tips and community accepted best practices which you can then apply to organising your own files in-session, with an expert in Research Data Management on-hand.

Remember to bring your laptop and those disorganised files!

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

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Introduction to research data management in Science and Engineering

Wed 15 Jan 2020, 14:00 - 16:00

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.

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Resilience for PGRs: Managing the challenges of research

Wed 15 Jan 2020, 14:00 - 16:00

In this workshop you will explore three of the most common challenges identified by PhD students: 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.

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Mindfulness for Postgraduate Research

Tue 28 Jan 2020, 14:00 - 15:30

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.

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Pure drop-in

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

Wed 29 Jan 2020, 12:30 - 13:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 19 Feb 2020, 12:30 - 13:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

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!