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.
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 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.
Resilience for PGRs: Managing the challenges of research
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.
Mindfulness for Postgraduate Research
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.