Workshops, webinars and courses

This page lists all workshops, webinars and courses delivered by the LDC Development Team.

The workshops take place on the University campus, but the webinars and online courses are open to all, on campus and off-site researchers.

The following notation links each session to the LDC Development themes:

O
Taking ownership of your PhD - introduction
R
Resilience - introduction
Co
Communication - introduction
T
Creative & Critical Thinking - introduction
P
Public Engagement - introduction
Ca
Careers - introduction
F
Facilitation - introduction

Timetable

Programme timetable

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Workshops delivered by the LDC Development Team

This one-day workshop offers new researchers the opportunity to explore how to take ownership of the PhD. Through discussions and activities, you will identify the milestones and planning processes involved in pursuing a PhD and learn how to successfully work with your supervisor. You will also have an opportunity to introduce your research to fellow researchers and plan personal objectives in order to achieve your longer-term professional ambitions.

In this workshop you will:

  • Gain a greater understanding of the processes and milestones in the PhD by creating a project plan for the PhD
  • Identify the opportunities for your own professional development to achieve longer terms goals and become a successful researcher.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how you can improve and develop the supervisory relationship
  • Network with other PhD researchers to gain a wider understanding of the research environment

The highly experiential format for this workshop offers many opportunities to share your own experiences and gain advice from other PGRs.

This interactive session is part of the ‘Taking ownership of your PhD’ development theme and offers opportunities to gain skills/behaviours outlined in the following Researcher Development Framework (RDF) subdomains: B2 Self-management, B1 personal qualities, B3 Professional and career development, D2 Communication and dissemination, D1 Working with others, A2 Cognitive abilities, and A3 Creativity.


This workshop is offered during the October PGR week, aimed at new PGRs to help you start your thesis with confidence. The PhD thesis can be a daunting task for anyone. The key to success is to work on it regularly throughout your PhD, don’t wait until your final year. This session will help you get started, and set you on the right track from the start.


The workshop is now normally delivered within the LDC Researcher Week programme, next on the 11th Oct 2018.

While the obstacles we face within our research may feel like unique individual problems, finding successful and innovative solutions to those problems are often best achieved through sharing and co-creation. Join us for an opportunity to develop and implement a personal project plan that will support you in gaining confidence as a researcher.

Using Design Thinking, we will address the challenge of: ‘how might we help researchers gain confidence?’ by exploring researchers’ emotional needs through empathy interviews. Then we will define areas in which you would like to gain further confidence, collaboratively generate solutions, make a prototype and test the best solution for you to implement immediately following the workshop.

This collaborative and interactive session is part of the ‘taking ownership of your PhD and resilience’ development themes and offers opportunities to gain skills/behaviours outlined in the following Researcher Development Framework (RDF) subdomains: A3 Creativity, A2 Cognitive abilities, B1 Personal qualities, B2 Self-management, B3 Professional and career development, D1 Working with others and D2 Communication.



Prepare to make 2019 a successful year by spending a half-day dedicated to setting both short-term and long-term goals. Together we will use Lego® SeriousPlay® as method for breaking down complicated ideas and structures in order to focus on how to enhance performance and prioritise tasks. During the session, you will build Lego models to explore the ideal version of yourself as a researcher, your professional goals, ways of overcoming obstacles and how to develop a plan to take actions towards achieving your goals.

This collaborative and interactive session is part of the ‘taking ownership of your PhD and resilience’ development themes and offers opportunities to gain skills/behaviours outlined in the following Researcher Development Framework (RDF) subdomains: A3 Creativity, A2 Cognitive abilities, B1 Personal qualities, B2 Self-management, B3 Professional and career development, D1 Working with others and D2 Communication.



This half day session is aimed at new postgraduate researchers preparing to attend their first academic conference.

Attending conferences are an essential part of your wider research environment. These opportunities will help you to learn more of the latest research, meet with researchers from outside your institution and understand how your research contributes to the wider community. You are, effectively, starting to take your own position within the wider research community, which, longer term, will help you build effectively networks for your ultimate career.

This session aims to help you make the most of these valuable conference opportunities. The session is practice based to help you develop your networking skills and, through related discussions, we will explore differences between subject areas. During the workshop we will:

  • Outline and discuss what to expect at a standard conference
  • Consider how to best prepare to make the most of your attendance
  • Discuss good practice for conference networking to meet your own research objectives and your longer term ambitions
  • Help you prepare a ‘pitch’ to introduce your research to others in related subject areas
  • Develop practical ways to overcome feelings of 'Imposter Syndrome'.

This workshop will be offered in Autumn 2018 and repeated in 2019.




This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills in Personal qualities and Communication and dissemination, outlined in the RDF subdomains B1 and D2.

Full day session

An introduction to the process of managing projects and the tools to assist in planning and tracking progress; this course is intended to be immediately applicable to planning and managing academic and research projects as well as commercial projects. It covers the theory and principles of project management within the context of the Project Management Institute. During this 1-day course, participants will:

  • Learn the basics of the project planning process and receive a set of checklists and guidelines that you can use immediately on any project.
  • Appreciate the fundamental principles of a well-led and well directed project, such as identifying and scheduling tasks, activities, milestones and understanding and managing stakeholders.
  • Be aware of the critical factors that will influence whether a project will be successful or not, including identifying and managing risk.
  • Use practical, group-based exercises to reinforce and enhance the skills learned.
  • Create work breakdown structures, network diagrams, critical path analysis, Gantt charts and other techniques

The workshop is delivered by an external presenter from Fistral Training and Consultancy Ltd. This workshop may be offered in 2019, but is still to be confirmed.


This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills in Research management, outlined in the RDF subdomains C2.

Establishing your emotional needs and developing your social wellbeing during the PhD is equally as important as taking care of your intellectual needs. The more robust your wellbeing is, the more likely you can manage obstacles, make better decisions, successfully complete the PhD, avoid burn out and be prepared to take your next career step. Join us for an opportunity to develop and implement a personal project plan that you can start following the workshop that will support you in improving your wellbeing.

Using Design Thinking processes, we will address the challenge of: ‘how might we pursue more fruitful interactions and activities during our PhD?’ Together we will explore our emotional needs using empathy, identify areas where we can make improvements to our wellbeing, generate creative solutions collaboratively, make a prototype of your project and test the best solution for you to implement immediately following the workshop.

This collaborative and interactive session is part of the ‘resilience and taking ownership of your PhD’ development themes and offers opportunities to gain skills/behaviours outlined in the following Researcher Development Framework (RDF) subdomains: A3 Creativity, A2 Cognitive abilities, B1 Personal qualities, B2 Self-management, B3 Professional and career development, D1 Working with others and D2 Communication.



This workshop replaces the workshop, 'Making an Impact at work' offered previously and will have similar content.

Want to build resilience for career success?

  • Need hints and tips about how to be more emotionally resilient?
  • Interested in how you can manage relationships better with colleagues?
  • Want to be effective and well respected in work?

If so, this interesting and insightful session will be invaluable to you. Along with looking at levels of self-awareness, personal resilience and assertiveness we will introduce you to Emotional Intelligence and how it influences relationships and performance within a work environment.  The session will also provide ideas on how to manage stress and support you in identifying suitable coping mechanisms.

Past participants comments

  • “This session has increased my self-awareness, lots of theoretical underpinning to the session and a focus
     on self-improvement – it was great!”
  • “Useful and practical – makes you think about your own behaviour as well as that of others”.
  • “This workshop enabled me to get an understanding of emotional intelligence and to improve my
    assertiveness skills – it has also helped me to think about how I improve my impact in work”

Aims

  • Build resilience and confidence to try new things in your career
  • Introduce Emotional Intelligence and show how it influences relationships and performance within a work environment
  • Look at levels of self-awareness & assertiveness in a safe and confidential environment
  • Explore the coping mechanisms you tap into when things get tough – how can you stay resilient in an ever-changing world?

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore what resilience is and why we need it
  • Identify our preferred tools to build resilience and discuss coping mechanisms for managing stress
  • Introduce the principals of Emotional Intelligence to deepen your understanding of yourself and others
  • Raise self-awareness by reviewing your meta-programmes, how might your personal values help or hinder you within work?
  • Develop assertiveness skills
  • Harness a ‘growth mindset’ to excel at your work and manage relationships with colleagues

These workshops are delivered by specialist careers consultants, Sally Beyer and Sharon Nicholson and will be offered in Autumn 2018 and Spring 2018 .

This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills in Personal qualities, Self-management and Professional and career development, outlined in the RDF subdomains B1, B2 & B3.



This workshop focuses on problem-solving and decision-making and is relevant to all PGRs during any stage of their PhD. We all feel stuck sometimes, especially when you have tried options which have not been successful. However, feeling stuck can makes us feel less motivated about our research and have a negative impact on our productivity. During this workshop we will identify the obstacles that are making your feel stuck, generate creative solutions to overcoming these problems and take steps toward making decisions that will enhance your research practice.

Using Design Thinking processes, you will gain a variety of creative and critical mindsets to help you focus on being mindful of your own research process, working style, emotional wellbeing and your assumptions. You will be asked to continue your self-reflection and plan how to implement your learning after completing the workshop.

This collaborative and interactive session is part of the ‘critical and creative thinking’ development theme and offers opportunities to gain skills/behaviours outlined in the following Researcher Development Framework (RDF) subdomains: A3 Creativity, A2 Cognitive abilities, B1 Personal qualities, B2 Self-management, B3 Professional and career development, D1 Working with others and D2 Communication.



This half day session offers practise in presentation skills to a small friendly audience in a supportive and friendly environment. You will gain constructive feedback through a facilitated discussion that will also cover the issues participants will face in formal presentations and each presentation is videoed to help you review your own performance.

Note this is a small group workshop and has a limited number of places.

Specifically this workshop offers

  • Practice in the delivery of a short presentation to those outside our research field.
  • An opportunity to view your own performance and observe how you appear to your audience
  • Constructive feedback on both the positive aspects of your delivery and suggestions for how you might improve for both the audience present and in more formal settings.
  • A chance to view other presentations from in different subject areas and practise in feedback delivery.

Preparation: to participate in this session you will need to prepare a 5 minute presentation that is delivered at the workshop. You will gain most benefit from this workshop if you have completed several months research and are preparing to present your work to colleagues. You will not need to present research findings or results in your presentation.

This workshop will be offered twice in Autumn 2018 and on an approximiately monthly basis in early 2019.



This half-day workshop is designed for those preparing conference presentations and want to communicate their research more efficiently and effectively. The session will focus on the planning stage of the talk, including the organisation of your subject matter and the creation of visual materials. Participants are asked to bring along notes or equivalent from a past presentation to share and develop during the workshop, and which will to help you focus on the important aspects that are particularly relevant to your subject area.

This session will focus on group discussions through which we will:

  • Examine the purpose and good practice of the different stages of a research presentation, from introduction and background to the talk, through to conclusion and questions.
  • Discuss differences in practice between different subject areas
  • Look at the use of media in presentations and ways to display data and visual images when part of research results/findings.
  • Discuss how to manage time during the presentation and approaches to questions at the end.

Where numbers permit, the workshop can be divided into discussion groups according to subject area, where this is relevant to the topic being considered.

Workshop preparation : Please bring your notes or PowerPoint slides or equivalent from a presentation that you have recently delivered, ideally of 20 minutes or longer. If possible, these notes/slides should be brought in printed format, but a laptop or tablet computer could be used in the workshop if necessary. These notes are only for group discussions within the workshop; you will not be asked to deliver the presentation.

This workshop will be offered in Autumn 2018 and repeated in 2019.



The focus of this session will be on structuring a theses. We will discuss the official requirements for a thesis, along with how to structure the content effectively. We will also discuss some tools and techniques for organizing and keeping track of your writing. At the end of the session, you should have a clear overview of your own thesis structure, and a strategy in place for writing your thesis.

The session is primarily aimed at 2nd – 3rd year PGRs, though open to PGRs at all stages. In order to fully participate in this workshop, you will need to come prepared to do some writing. So please bring with you a laptop, or a notebook.

The session will be delivered in Oct 2018 and repeated in Feb 2019

Successful thesis completing is not only dependent on the research content, but also on the effective communication of that research. As you develop your writing, it is also important to take time for text editing. In this session, we will look more closely at sentence and paragraph structures to improve the clarity of your text.

The session is primarily aimed at 2nd – 3rd year PGRs, though open to PGRs at all stages. In order to fully participate in this workshop, you will need to come prepared to do some editing. So please bring with you a laptop, or a notebook and some writing which you are working on.

The session will be delivered in November 2018 and repeated in March 2019

All writers have moments of getting stuck, where the writing doesn't flow. But don't let yourself get frustrated by this, there are ways of getting un-stuck. In this session, we will discuss reasons for writer's block and strategies for overcoming it. You will have a chance to try out some techniques, and develop your own strategy for successful and low stress thesis completion.

The session is primarily aimed at 2nd – 3rd year PGRs, though open to PGRs at all stages. In order to fully participate in this workshop, you will need to come prepared to do some writing. So please bring with you a laptop, or a notebook.

The session will be delivered in December 2018 and repeated in April 2019

A crucial part of becoming a confident writer, is to gather feedback and comment on your writing and respond to that feedback. Your supervisor is not the only person able to provide you with constructive feedback, your peers can also help.

In order to participate in this session, you will need to send the team a sample of your writing you wish to gain some feedback on ahead of the workshop. You will also need to be prepared to provide constructive feedback to one of your peers in return. The workshop will focus on how to present constructive feedback, and how to respond to that feedback constructively.

The session will be delivered in December 2018 and repeated in April 2019

Often the most challenging aspect of thesis writing, or any other writing, is finding the time and space to focus on doing the writing. A writing retreat just means a space away from your normal workplace where you and others get to focus on writing and nothing else. The LDC Development team book a room and host a monthly retreat session for up to 25 people. We all bring our laptops and we write together to get it done. The retreat provides protected and focused academic writing time, and you do the writing. That’s it. We all sit and write together in a room and use peer pressure help us avoid the distractions of email, internet, tea making, paperclip sorting, desk cleaning, lab work, etc etc etc

The session will be offered monthly between Sept 2018 and May 2019.

For many post-graduates, attendance at academic conferences will involve preparing a poster of their research for presentation. But what makes a good poster, and how do you maximise this opportunity to generate discussion around your research topic?

This half-day workshop will offer experiential learning in poster design and presentation skills. Participants will work in small groups drafting, designing and presenting an academic poster. Through a facilitated discussion and feedback session, participants will gain an understanding of the possibilities and limitations of this communication format, and will be well placed to produce expert posters for their next conference or faculty poster session.

We expect to offer this workshop in Nov 2017, and Feb and March 2018.

This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills outlined in the RDF subdomains A3, B3 and D2.

This workshop explores how to design and plan an achievable project for making meaningful impact with your research as a PGR. Using Design Thinking processes, you will identify and map your key beneficiaries, devise methods for gaining deeper insights into their needs and expectations, generate innovative ideas for making an impact, build a prototype of your project and test your ideas via a peer review with fellow PGRs.

This is an ideal training opportunity for those interested in applying for the HSS PGR Development Fund or HLS Public Engagement Grant Scheme.

This collaborative and interactive session is part of the ‘public engagement’ development theme and offers opportunities to gain skills/behaviours outlined in the following Researcher Development Framework (RDF) subdomains: D3 Engagement and impact, A3 Creativity, A2 Cognitive abilities, C2 Research management, D3 Working with others, B1 Personal qualities, A1 Knowledge base and B2 Self-management.



Successfully communicating your research is an essential skill for all researchers and storytelling is a powerful and effective method for engaging with your audience. Join us for a fun and interactive session where you will build a LEGO® model of your PhD topic and present it to a group of fellow researchers using storytelling techniques.

Through creating and explaining your model you will practice discussing details about your research and research aims, even if you have only just started your PhD. Participants will come away with skills to better articulate the core essence of their research to a wider multi-disciplinary audience.

This collaborative and interactive session is part of the ‘communication’ development theme and offers This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills outlined in the RDF subdomains: A2, A3, B1, B2, B3 and D2.



This workshop is devoted generating and evaluating ideas to address the challenges you face in your own research. We will explore your assumptions, the assumptions of others, how to identify problems, make critical judgements and generate new imaginative ideas about your research topic and your discipline.

Using Design Thinking processes, you will conduct empathy interviews to explore how you and others respond to and understand your research aims. Based on the new insights you will gain, you will then identify a challenge related to your own research and generate multiple ideas as potential solutions. You will then use critical thinking to assess the best idea to take forward, prototype and test amongst a group of supportive peers.

This collaborative and interactive session is part of the ‘critical and creative thinking’ development theme and offers opportunities to gain skills/behaviours outlined in the following Researcher Development Framework (RDF) subdomains: A3 Creativity, A2 Cognitive abilities, B1 Personal qualities, B2 Self-management, B3 Professional and career development, D1 Working with others and D2 Communication.



Full day session

This workshop is about the craft of “thinking” and the different ways we can approach that systematically to be more effective thinkers. We will look at the different kinds of thinking we need to do and practical tools that develop our ability to think rigorously, progressively and creatively. To do this we will take a broad sweep touching on approaches that are valuable for your particular situation and for working in teams. There are four key areas we will draw from:

  • Critical Thinking: logic, argument, analysis and the nature of proof - as in a thesis or research paper.
  • Creative Thinking: fresh thinking and tools for coming up with new creative solutions.
  • Constructive Thinking: organising the components of our thinking to be effective.
  • Mind Tools: specific tools to help us use our minds and enhance our effectiveness.

The workshop is delivered by an external presenter, Dr Adrian West, Company of Mind. This workshop may be offered in 2018-19, but is still to be confirmed.


This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills in Cognitive abilities and Creativity, outlined in the RDF subdomains A2 and A3.

This workshop replaces the workshop, 'Career Management' offered previously and will have similar content.

When did you last take some quality time to think about you and your future?

Need space and time out to:

  • reflect on your career – is it going in the right direction?
  • re-focus on what is important to you in work and think about how to achieve this?
  • create a strategic career plan for the next 1-3 years?

This thought provoking and interactive session will enable you to explore how career ready and employable you are, identify the work values that drive you and set personal and professional goals for the next 3 years. Along with creating a plan of action for you to maximise your potential both in and outside of work class=GramE>; it will give you some breathing space in a non-judgemental environment, providing tools to be honest with yourself about what you really want.   We will explore what it means to be ‘career agile’ in a constantly changing world of work.

“It’s a workshop that helps you to focus on what you are doing, what you want to do in the future and plan how you would like to achieve it” Past Participant

Aims

  • Highlight key themes from contemporary career theory to inspire proactivity and creativity in you for your personal career agility
  • Opportunity to reflect on and collate a foundation of information about yourself that will help you make career choices in the future (relating to both work and life)
  • Give you some breathing space in an environment where no judgments will be made about you – the chance to be honest with yourself about what you really want
  • Time to create a strategic plan for how you will make the most of the next 1-3 years so that you are going in the right direction for you
  • Network with your colleagues to discuss ideas, reflect on experience and support one another

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore contemporary career thinking and consider how this fits with your current approach to your career
  • Assess your career agility – your strengths and areas to focus on relating to your employability and career readiness
  • Identify your motivated skills – the skills you love using and are good at
  • Explore the work values that drive you – what will make you content in work?
  • Set personal and professional goals for the next 3 years
  • Create a plan of action for you to maximise your potential both in and outside of work

These workshops are delivered by specialist careers consultants, Sally Beyer and Sharon Nicholson and will be offered in Autumn 2018 and Spring 2018 .

This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills in Personal qualities, Self-management and Professional and career development, outlined in the RDF subdomains B1, B2 & B3.



This workshop replaces the workshop, 'Developing Networking skills' offered previously and will have similar content.

 

  • Need to enhance your ability to influence others positively in networking situations?
  • Keen to explore ways to enhance your networking presence via Social Media?

This fun and practical session will give you confidence to network effectively.  We will help you develop your network map of current contacts and focus on what potential links you will need to make in the future to enhance your career.  The session will provide practical techniques to structure your networking approach, enhance your rapport building skills using Neuro-Linguistic Programming Techniques and help you to identify and hone your ‘Elevator Pitch’ to promote yourself and your research.

Aims

  • An interactive session to gain confidence in your ability to network effectively
  • Enhance your ability to influence others positively in the way you communicate via face to face and online/email networking
  • Build your network with fellow PGRs by discussing ideas, reflecting on experience and supporting one another

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop your network map of current contacts and build future potential links
  • Reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of your networking approach
  • Identify and hone your ‘Elevator Pitch’ – a way to promote yourself and your research in 2 minutes
  • Enhance your rapport building skills using Neuro-Linguistic Programming Techniques
  • Explore ways to enhance your networking presence via Social Media

These workshops are delivered by specialist careers consultants, Sally Beyer and Sharon Nicholson and will be offered in Autumn 2018 and Spring 2018 .

This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills in Personal qualities, Professional and career development and Communication and dissemination, outlined in the RDF subdomains B1,  B3 & D2



This workshop replaces the workshop, eveloping your Interview Skills' offered previously and will have similar content.

Going for an interview soon?

  • Need help to perform well and get selected?
  • Want to harness your nerves?
  • Need practice promoting yourself?

This interactive session will help you gain confidence in your ability to perform at interview, and manage your verbal and visual impact on others.  It will explore what essential preparation you need to carry out before your interview and help you to identify and prepare for questions that you might be asked.  Within the workshop we will share cognitive techniques to help you harness nerves and adopt strategies to manage your thinking.  You will also practice answering questions in a mock interview scenario and gain feedback on your performance.

Aims

  • A practical and interactive session to gain confidence in your ability to perform at interview
  • Understand what the employer is looking for within the interview and explore what to expect
  • Strengthen your ability to influence others positively within the interview situation by managing your verbal and visual impact

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore what essential preparation you need to carry out before your interview
  • Identify and prepare for the questions that you might be asked and utilise ‘Presentation statements’ to prime your answers
  • Make a positive impact by utilising body language effectively
  • Enhance your ability to harness nerves and adopt techniques to manage your thinking
  • Practice answering questions in a mock interview scenario and gain feedback on performance

These workshops are delivered by specialist careers consultants, Sally Beyer and Sharon Nicholson and will be offered in Autumn 2018 and Spring 2018 .

This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills in Personal qualities, Professional and career development and Communication and dissemination, outlined in the RDF subdomains B1,  B3 & D2



This workshop replaces the workshop, Making Academic Applications' offered previously and will have similar content.

Applying for jobs?

  • Need help making academic applications?
  • Do you know what employers are looking for?
  • Want to increase your chances of getting the job you want?

This essential workshop will help you recognise what enhances your chances of being successful with academic applications and builds your awareness of what you may face when applying for posts.  Along with reviewing the crucial preparation required to make you shine throughout the selection process, you will gain practical tools to help you promote yourself and enables you to present your research in an inspiring way (both face to face and on paper).

Please can you bring the following to the workshop:

  • An up to date CV
  • Job Description and person spec for a role you would like to apply for (plus job advert if you have it)
  • Any application forms you are keen to develop.

 Quotes from past participants

“This was eye opening – necessary for preparation and making a good application/interview”.

“Very useful & stimulating. A nice environment to work and learn in and share ideas”.

“This is a necessary guide to tailoring your applications for academic positions”,

Aims

  • Recognise factors that enhance your chances of being successful with academic applications
  • Build awareness of the methods and processes that you may face when applying for academic posts
  • Enhance your confidence in promoting yourself and your research for opportunities

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify what academic departments want
  • Review the crucial preparation that you need to undertake to make sure you shine throughout the selection process
  • Match your skills and experience to a role that you are keen to apply for (please bring a relevant job description and person specification)
  • Present your research in an inspiring way
  • Review how to create a personal statement that promotes you for your chosen job opportunity
  • Examine your CV, gain feedback and share ideas with colleagues
  • Prepare effectively for Academic interviews

These workshops are delivered by specialist careers consultants, Sally Beyer and Sharon Nicholson and will be offered in Autumn 2018 and Spring 2018 .

This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills in Personal qualities, Professional and career development and Communication and dissemination, outlined in the RDF subdomains B1,  B3 & D2



(Half-day workshop) During this interactive workshop we'll look at
• academic career paths
• UK national guidelines for promotion
• stakeholders within and outside the academy
• research leadership
• innovation
• support networks
 
We'll consider issues of engagement and dissemination to ensure research has an identifiable impact on society and the economy. This is an increasingly important requirement for securing public funding for your research. You’ll be invited to reflect on your achievements, motivations and aspirations and to consider your successful future academic self.

The workshop is delivered by an external presenter, Dr Jen Allanson. We hope to offer the session in 2018-19, but to be confirmed.

This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills outlined in the RDF subdomains B1, B2 & B3.



This half-day workshop will give you the opportunity to learn, practice, and enhance on your facilitation skills in a practical and fun environment, in which you will also gain experience in presenting a proposal at a group meeting.

The session will help you develop facilitation and meeting skills in a safe environment. We will discuss ways to ask good and engaging questions and to promote active listening. We will also outline technique to work with groups to summarise responses, synthesise different points of view and feedback key agreements and findings. Through a practical activity, you will have the opportunity to: present and defend a proposal to a group of colleagues; facilitate the discussion between colleagues and work to a set agenda and time and question others about their proposal.

Note: for this workshop we ask for a little pre-workshop preparation to prepare a short outline of a proposal for a half day workshop that would be of interest for your PGR colleagues in your research area. Your proposal is presented verbally. Further details will be sent in the pre-workshop email.

You are strongly recommended to attend the webinar, ‘Introduction to Facilitation’ prior to your attendance at this workshop. This workshop is open to all and also contributes to the programme of workshops available for those applying for the Development Tutor Scheme.

This is a two hour session and will be offered in Sept 2017 and May 2018.

This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills outlined in the RDF subdomains D1 and D2.

This workshop provides time and space for you to design a ‘concrete experience’ that fosters the transformation and development described in David Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle. You will learn the advantages of different types of experiences and during the workshop you will design, share and reflect on an exercise that you have devised. We will also explore various methods of facilitating exercises.

You are strongly recommended to attend the webinar, ‘Introduction to Facilitation’ prior to your attendance at this workshop. This workshop is open to all and also contributes to the programme of workshops available for those applying for the Development Tutor Scheme.

This interactive session is part of the ‘facilitation’ development theme and offers opportunities to gain skills/behaviours outlined in the following Researcher Development Framework (RDF) subdomains: D1 Working with others, D2 Communication, B1 Personal qualities, B2 Self-management, B3 Professional and career development.

The second instalment of Designing & Facilitating Workshops will explore how to design an overall workshop. Together we will explore how to design workshop activities that support reflective observation, abstract conceptualisation and active experimentation. You will consider the entire narrative of a workshop, including the overall and individual learning outcomes, experiential learning exercises, reflection, and evaluation. We will also explore the wider national context, such as the Researcher Development Framework. During the workshop, you will outline and share your workshop plans and receive feedback on ways to go forward in the Development Tutor Scheme.

You are strongly recommended to attend ‘Designing & Facilitating Workshop I’ and the webinar, ‘Introduction to Facilitation’ prior to your attendance at this workshop. This workshop is open to all and also contributes to the programme of workshops available for those applying for the Development Tutor Scheme.

This interactive session is part of the ‘facilitation’ development theme and offers opportunities to gain skills/behaviours outlined in the following Researcher Development Framework (RDF) subdomains: D1 Working with others, D2 Communication, B1 Personal qualities, B2 Self-management, B3 Professional and career development.

Half day workshop

The viva is the culmination of the PhD process: a lot of work has led to this point, but a feeling of anxiety can go hand-in-hand with the sense of achievement at completing one's thesis. For many PhD candidates the time leading up to the viva is filled with stress about the day, and uncertainty about what their examiners may ask or how to prepare.

Viva Survivor is a session for postgraduate researchers close to submitting their thesis who want to gain insight on how to be well prepared for their viva. In this session participants will:

  • identify sources of support for their viva preparation
  • develop strategies to prepare themselves and their thesis for the viva
  • explore questions that are frequently asked in vivas

The workshop is now normally delivered by an external presenter, Dr Nathan Ryder, within the LDC Researcher Week programme.

This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills in Personal qualities, Self-management and Communication and dissemination, outlined in the RDF subdomains: B1, B2 & D2

We currently offer the following online course: (Click on the titles below for further information)

11th Feb – 8th April 2019

This course will last 8 weeks, with an recommended contribution of one to two hours per week to gain most benefit.

Have you considered writing about your research or subject area to the wider academic community? This could be achieved through an article to the University News, to communicate to other postgraduate researchers and undergraduates, or publishing more widely in the Conversation. Both opportunities offer a way to gain wider recognition as a researcher, an opportunity to develop your writing skills and an item for your CV.

The ‘Communicating research online’  course allows you to share your research and network with other researchers in a supportive online environment. Through regular short weekly commitments  you can:

  • Prepare for early experience of publishing through either writing a blog article, writing for a University News item (or their ‘Becoming an Expert’ series) or creating a pitch for ‘The Conversation’.
  • Develop your writing skills through regular practice and supportive feedback
  • Find new ways to communicate your research and gain a wider impact
  • Improve your skills in critical thinking and feedback
  • Gain practice of the peer review process

The course will include optional webinars to engage more directly with others on the course

  • The first webinar will include a question and answer session, discussion on ‘why write’ and brainstorming of ideas for the writing within this course.
  • A later webinar could focus on the peer review process, what you might expect when being reviewed and your engagement as a course reviewer.

The course will provide an 'online meeting place' in SharePoint, where participants can share discussions around any common PhD topic, but will be a specific focus on research communication through written text and the publication process.

The course is open to all Postgraduate Researchers at Liverpool, on or off-campus. The software will include separate subject-based areas where numbers permit.

This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills in Cognitive abilities, Creativity, Personal qualities and Communication and dissemination, as outlined in the RDF subdomains A2, A3, B1, and D2.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Please contact me directly for any general enquiries:
Dr Shirley Cooper, email: Shirley.cooper@Liverpool.ac.uk