Online Resources

A view of the domains of the Researcher developer Framework

The following online courses, advice and resources provided by PGR Development are available for all research students and have been arranged according to the domains in the Researcher Developer Framework (RDF).

The collection of resources below includes resources developed internally by PGR Development in additional to external resources from the Epigeum consortium and others.

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D. Engagement, influence and impact

Presentation Skills
Presentation Skills, ( PGR Development), resources, videos and notes that offer advice and techniques to help you communicate your research in either poster or spoken form.
The Good Presentation Video
The Good Presentation Video, (Angel Productions), This video covers many basic principles of delivering presentations from, choosing appropriate content, how to practise, using your voice, body and the technology and preparing for the unexpected.
Preparing a Research Poster
Preparing a Research Poster (PGR Development), a collection of advice, further web tutorials and sample posters, to help you start creating a poster for your first conference or Poster Day.
Research Writing
Research Writing, (PGR Development), a collection of video and written materials, and further web references, which presents the essential features of research writing, together with advice and useful techniques.
NB This is an expansive set of notes that aims to cover PGR needs at different stages of their research degree.
Preparing for the Viva The Good Viva Video
The Good Viva Video, (Angel Productions), This video will help you prepare for the PhD viva. The video includes an example scenario and provides interviews with staff who have internal and external examinar which will help you understand how the viva works, the different roles of those present and how to make the best performance at the viva. The specific example is in the Social Sciences area, but the issues and advice are relevant to all disciplines.
FEEDBACK and Peer Review Skills for Researchers Entrepreneurship 1 : Are You An Entrepreneur? Entrepreneurship 2 : Opportunity Recognition, Creation & Evaluation Entrepreneurship 3 : Resources (People, Teams, Finance)
Resources (People, Teams, Finance) (Epigeum), this last part of the course looks at the resources issues in starting a business, the need to acquire good contacts, build an appropriate team and to gather necessary finances.

A. Knowledge and intellectual abilities

Originality in doctoral level research
Originality in doctoral level research (Education Development) Six short videos to help you think about the originality in your research project and how you can present these ideas in your thesis.
Research Methods In Literature Review Research Methods In The Sciences Research Methods In The Social Sciences
Research Methods In The Social Sciences (Epigeum), this course begins with an introduction to the field of Epistemology, and moves on to give advice on framing your research question, while considering agendas and philosophy. The course then discussions the considerations in planning your research, including a brief introduction to research ethics, offers some recommendations for effectively designing your research, and planning your data collection and analysis and ends with some tips from experienced researchers in ways to proceed following initial, possibly disappointing, findings.
Research Methods In The Arts And Humanities
Research Methods In The Arts And Humanities (Epigeum), beginning with the importance of developing your own research methodology, the course then looks at and provides advice on standard research methods such as Archival research, Document analysis and Interviewing, offers advice on applying critical and theoretical approaches in your research, and then examines the relevance of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary contributions to Arts and humanities research.

C. Research governance and organisation

Research Integrity: Arts and Humanities Research Integrity: Biomedical Sciences

Research Integrity (Epigeum), all researchers should aim for a high standards of integrity within their research work, but new researchers may not be aware of best practices. This course in Research Integrity is was developed by the Epigeum for PGRs in the Biomedical Sciences to provide an essential understanding of responsible research practices in this area of study.

Research Integrity: Engineering and Technology

Research Integrity (Epigeum), all researchers should aim for a high standards of integrity within their research work, but new researchers may not be aware of best practices. This course in Research Integrity is was developed by the Epigeum for PGRs in the Engineering and Technology to provide an essential understanding of responsible research practices in this area of study.

Research Integrity: Natural and Physical Sciences

Research Integrity (Epigeum), all researchers should aim for a high standards of integrity within their research work, but new researchers may not be aware of best practices. This course in Research Integrity is was developed by the Epigeum for PGRs in the Natural and Physical Sciences to provide an essential understanding of responsible research practices in this area of study.

Research Integrity: Social and Behavioural Science

Research Integrity (Epigeum), all researchers should aim for a high standards of integrity within their research work, but new researchers may not be aware of best practices. This course in Research Integrity is was developed by the Epigeum for PGRs in the Social and Behavioural Science to provide an essential understanding of responsible research practices in this area of study.

B. Personal effectiveness

The ‘What Next?’ Video
The ‘What Next?’ Video. (Angel Productions), This video offers practical advice to help postgraduate researchers improve their employability. The video features drama scenes, expert interviews and documentary case studies to illustrate the options for a successful PhD candidate, which include a young academic, someone employed outside academia, and someone who has started his own business.
Career Management Skills
Career Management Skills, (PGR Development), a range of resources, web links, quizzes and generic advice, to help you prepare for your ongoing and future career. These resources are arranged in a specific order conforming to a research-established approach to careers preparation. These courses supplement the Career Development Portfolio, but may be used separately as each section is preceded by an introduction with links to further recommended resources.
Time Management Skills
Time Management Skills, (PGR Development), a range of resources and tools to help you manage your time from a day by day basis to planning out your PhD.
The PhD Survival Video
The PhD Survival Video. (Angel Productions). This video discusses how the stress and pressure of a PhD can be made manageable and features drama scenes and interviews with doctoral candidates, supervisors and counsellors, to illustrate the potential problems and solutions.
Managing the Supervisory Relationship
Managing the Supervisory Relationship, (PGR Development), your Supervisor provides an essential role in your PhD, but helping this relationship to work well is not easy.  Here we discuss the formal procedures at Liverpool, offer general guidance  and describe the range of support available for PhD students who have problems with the supervisory arrangements.
Planning your personal Development
Planning your personal Development, (PGR Development), advice to start this process using the RDF, from considering the skills you want to gain during your research degree, how you learn experientially and advice to help you plan and review your own development.
Advice for part-time students (videos)
Advice for part-time students, (Vitae),  a set of video interviews with successful part-time students , in which they reflect on the experience, their motivations and how they overcame barriers. [Web pages]