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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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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:

Tomorrow, 14:00 - 15:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 20 Jul 2022, 11:00 - 12:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 25 Aug 2022, 10:00 - 11:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind 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:

Tue 28 Jun 2022, 10:00 - 12:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 1 Sep 2022, 14:00 - 16:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

UKRI OA policy drop-in clinic

The Library's Research Services team are hosting weekly drop-in clinics for authors to ask questions and discuss any concerns about the new UKRI Open Access policy, which applies to all UKRI funded journal articles and conference proceedings submitted for publication after April 1st 2022. These sessions will take place via Zoom.

There's no need to book, just turn up on the day.

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/98027243372

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

Tue 28 Jun 2022, 13:30 - 14:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Mon 4 Jul 2022, 15:00 - 15:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 14 Jul 2022, 10:00 - 10:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Fri 22 Jul 2022, 13:00 - 13:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Tue 26 Jul 2022, 10:00 - 10:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 3 Aug 2022, 12:00 - 12:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 10 Aug 2022, 14:00 - 14:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 18 Aug 2022, 09:30 - 10:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Fri 26 Aug 2022, 12:00 - 12:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Tue 30 Aug 2022, 11:30 - 12:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

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

Wed 29 Jun 2022, 10:00 - 11:00 BST (GMT+1)

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

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

Talk to us online via the 24-hour Library Chat service. Alternatively, you can email us for advice or to book one-to-one appointments at uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk.

Find out more about the workshops and online resources offered by My Research Essentials on the library webpage. Online resources related to this workshop include:

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

Tue 5 Jul 2022, 10:00 - 12:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 4 Aug 2022, 10:00 - 12:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Fri 2 Sep 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:

Thu 7 Jul 2022, 13:00 - 14:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 18 Aug 2022, 14:00 - 15:15 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

MRE Writing Retreat (On-Campus)

Thu 14 Jul 2022, 09:00 - 17:00 BST (GMT+1)

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

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Pure drop-in

Thu 14 Jul 2022, 12:30 - 13:30 BST (GMT+1)

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!

Find out more

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 the 24-hour Library Chat service. Alternatively, you can email us for advice or to book one-to-one appointments at uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk.

Find out more about the workshops and online resources offered by My Research Essentials on the library webpage. Online resources related to this workshop include:

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

Tue 19 Jul 2022, 14:00 - 16:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 17 Aug 2022, 13:00 - 15:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Open Access in five simple steps

Tue 2 Aug 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.

Further support

Talk to us online via the 24-hour Library Chat service. Alternatively, you can email us for advice or to book one-to-one appointments at uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk.

Find out more about the workshops and online resources offered by My Research Essentials on the library webpage. Online resources related to this workshop include:

Find out more

Overview of reference management tools

Fri 26 Aug 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)

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.

Further support

Talk to us online via the 24-hour Library Chat service. Alternatively, you can email us for advice or to book one-to-one appointments at uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk.

Find out more about the workshops and online resources offered by My Research Essentials on the library webpage. Online resources related to this workshop include:

Find out more

MRE Writing Retreat (On-Campus)

Fri 9 Sep 2022, 09:00 - 17:00 BST (GMT+1)

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