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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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Shut up and write. On-campus

Today, 14:00 - 16:00 BST (GMT+1)

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:

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MRE Writing Retreat (On-Campus)

Wed 18 May 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

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

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:

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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:

Thu 19 May 2022, 10:00 - 11:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Mon 23 May 2022, 15:30 - 16:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind 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.

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 20 May 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:

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Managing and Sharing Research Data From Human Participants (Online)

Mon 23 May 2022, 10:00 - 12:00 BST (GMT+1)

If your research involves working with people (e.g. through surveys, interviews, trials, experiments, focus groups or other methods) then it is essential to know the legal, ethical and contractual obligations you have towards research participants and how to put them into practice.

This course will outline how to collect, store, protect and share the personal data you may encounter as part of your work. Specific attention will be paid to the requirements of data protection legislation for recruiting participants and gaining consent, managing the data securely, and anonymising data so that it might be shared for future use.

This course will be delivered using a flipped learning approach:

  1. A collection of online resources (see list of links below) will introduce learning materials, including interactive quizzes. These resources are also available for all researchers to use at any time via the Start to finish: Personal data page.
  2. You may opt to also attend this interactive online session where you can apply your learning to real-life research project case studies. Working together in groups, you will explore the issues and risks, and present back your mitigation strategies for wider discussion to formulate optimum solutions. Expert facilitators will be available to offer practical guidance and support. They will be drawn from: Information Governance Office; Research Governance, Ethics and Integrity; Centre for Epidemiology Versus Arthritis; and Research IT.

Please note, so that you can get the most out of this course, we ask that you consider your commitment to the following before booking your place:

  • Before joining the online session you must familiarise yourself with content from the online resources (see list of links below). Approximate reading time is 80 minutes, however you may wish to dedicate more or less time depending on your level of familiarity with these themes.
  • The online session is designed to be interactive and supportive, so you must be willing to actively participate in group work and discussions.

Links to online resources:

Find out how the data protection principles apply to research (9 minutes read)

Participant engagement and consent (3 minutes read)

Anonymisation and pseudonymisation of research data (18 minutes read)

Keeping your research data secure

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  • Staff

Enhance your Public Speaking Skills using Improvisation Techniques

Tue 24 May 2022, 11:00 - 12:15 BST (GMT+1)

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.

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Writing your Data Management Plan - a QA Session

Wed 25 May 2022, 12:00 - 13:00 BST (GMT+1)

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.

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:

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.

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Shut up and write. Online

Thu 9 Jun 2022, 12:00 - 14:00 BST (GMT+1)

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.

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

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 16 Jun 2022, 12:30 - 13:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 14 Jul 2022, 12:30 - 13:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more