Workshops, webinars and courses

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

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

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

Taking Ownership of your PhD - introduction
Resilience - introduction
Communication: Writing - introduction
Communication: Presentations - introduction
Research Productivity - introduction
Creative & Critical Thinking - introduction
Public Engagement - introduction
Careers - introduction
Facilitation - introduction

Timetable

Programme timetable

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New workshop dates and booking information will be advertised in our blog, PGR News @Liverpool and in LDC Newsletters.

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We currently offer the following workshops: (Click on the titles for further information). Dates will be announced on our Programme timetable when established.

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.


10:00-15:00

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 them with other researchers.  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 our emotional needs through empathy interviews.  Then we will define specific areas in which you would like to gain further confidence, collaboratively generate ideas for projects, build helpful prototypes and test your project idea so you can start to implement it after the workshop. 

Previous participants have said:

‘The workshop was good because of thinking about different meanings of confidence within a PhD and different ways we might improve confidence.’

‘Good, engaging, relaxing.  Define your problem and receive practical advice to gain confidence while communicating and engaging with others (already working on your confidence!).’

‘The workshop is very good for clarifying issues you have with confidence and receiving suggestions on how to help’

‘I feel more comfortable discussing areas I am less confident in and feel happy that I now have a way to address issues I have.’

This collaborative and interactive session 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.

10:00-15:00

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 implement 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 exercises, 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.

Previous participants have said:

‘I think it will really help me improve my wellbeing as a researcher, help improve my mental health and improve my impact as a researcher.’

 ‘Everyone should take this workshop!  Brilliant and so helpful and insightful.’

‘One of the most useful workshops I’ve ever attended.’

‘I feel confident and inspired to make changes’

This collaborative and interactive session 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.

10:00-15:00

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 and wellbeing.  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.    

Previous participants have said:

‘Helpful for making you rethink your problems and draw out an action plan for solutions.’

‘This workshop was very supportive and inspired me to get ready and work on being focused in my research.’

‘It’s been really informative and I feel more confident moving forward.’

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 workshop is delivered by our specialist career consultant, Sally Beyer.

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?

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.

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

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 half day workshop is delivered by a specialist careers consultant, Sally Beyer.

  • Do you sometimes feel you are not clever/qualified enough?
  • Ever thought your success was down to luck rather than your ability?
  • Constantly struggling with self-doubt?
  • Are you scared that one day your colleagues will find you out as a fraud?

If you have ever asked yourself these questions you might be grappling with Imposter Syndrome.

In a safe and supportive environment, we will consider what imposter syndrome actually is, where it comes from and which groups of people are more likely to suffer from it. Along with identifying how it emerges, you will be introduced to life enhancing techniques that help you to respond to, and progress beyond, your imposter experiences.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  •  Understand what imposter syndrome is, recognise its prevalence and potential causes
  •  Identify the different drivers, beliefs and behaviours behind it
  •  Explore empowering knowledge, skills and practices to help us manage our imposter ‘symptoms’, growing our professional and personal confidence
  •  Identify what you can do to change. Use a range of tools to decrease the impact of your imposter experiences and make positive, bold steps forward
  •  Share insights and experience in a safe, courageous, supportive environment
  •  Commit to taking your next steps and create an exciting action plan
  •  Be equipped to assist others who might be struggling with this issue

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 Full day session is delivered by an external presenter, Dr Adrian West, Company of Mind.

"Sometimes the situation is only a problem because it is looked at in a certain way. Looked at in another way, the right course of action may be so obvious that the problem no longer exists.”

Edward de Bono

Sometimes it's not the work that's the problem, it's the people. Actually that's common throughout life and hard to avoid. So if you're having that kind of challenge, you could say you're lucky to have such a valuable opportunity to practise - if you can see it that way. Put positively, if you can develop skill in working with challenging people, you'll be very valuable!

But when you are in a situation that seems complex, intractable or hopeless...what can you do? There may be no easy answer, but there are things we can learn and become accomplished at that will transform our ability to work with challenging situations.

In this workshop we'll focus on this topic. We'll look at how people have far more in common than you’d think - and how to use that to resolve conflict. And we'll look at how people are far more different than you'd think - and how that helps us to understand and work with what's going on. We’ll move on to cover how to bring about change when change is difficult and you're not in control of it. These are all things you can then practise so that you have confidence, tools, and hope - when it comes to working with challenging people.

This full day workshop is delivered by an external presenter from Fistral Training and Consultancy Ltd.

This workshop will focus on providing postgraduate researchers with techniques to enhance and leverage their personal power in situations in which they have no formal authority or in which it is difficult to enact formal authority. It will give them the opportunity to practise the use of a range of influencing approaches, through which to encourage others to see their point of view and persuade others to agree to your requirements, as appropriate, while building or maintaining good rapport with colleagues, superiors and stakeholders.

By understanding how best to approach such interactions, participants will be better prepared to approach collaborations with greater confidence and better achieve their desired outcomes, to reduce anxiety and stress of negotiations, while maintaining a productive and positive working environment. 

During this one-day workshop, participants will explore the following topics: 

  • Enhancing Personal Power
  • Relationship Foundations
  • Situational Influencing Techniques

By the end of the workshop participants will have:

  1. Understood the relationship between power and influence.
  2. Devised strategies to enhance their personal power.
  3. Learned and practised communication techniques to increase their interpersonal influence.
  4. Been introduced to a range of situational influencing techniques and understood when to apply them
  5. Created an action plan to apply their learning in their workplace.

This session offers opportunities to gain skills/behaviours outlined in the following Researcher Development Framework (RDF) subdomains: B1 Personal qualities, B2 Self-management, B3 Professional and career development, D2 Communication.

This session is delivered by an external presenter,  Dr Jennifer Allanson, Tuplespace Ltd

This is a 3-hour interactive workshop for postgraduate researchers.


One important skill that researchers need to develop is critical analysis of the research literature.

In order to successfully position your work in the wider research context you need to be able to identify the boundaries of your field and to add to or challenge the work of other researchers. This process can be daunting to start with as its difficult to know where to begin.

In this workshop you will develop a simple toolkit of approaches for critically approaching the literature.

We begin by looking at the purpose and practicalities of critical review. We’ll consider search strategies and think about how we can quickly identify papers of suitable quality. We’ll address reading with purpose and working in support of your thesis/ argument. We’ll also deconstruct the most common publication format, with a view to considering what we should be looking for.

Note: Participants will be asked to bring along work from their field in order to practice what we learn in the workshop.

This session is delivered by an external presenter,  Dr Jennifer Allanson, Tuplespace Ltd

This is a 3-hour interactive workshop for postgraduate researchers.


A time comes on your research journey when your work is ready for publication. It’s important to recognize when you have publishable findings. It’s also important to understand how to structure and present those findings in an appropriate format, ready for peer review. In this workshop you’ will:

• Consider the purpose of writing scientific articles
• Understand when your work ready for publication
• Ask 5 simple questions before you start writing
• Analyze and learn from the writing of others
• Map out your publication
• Write an abstract
• Learn how to structure an argument
• How to incorporate the work of others in support of your work

This session is delivered by an external presenter,  Dr Jennifer Allanson, Tuplespace Ltd

This is a 3-hour interactive workshop for postgraduate researchers in the 1st or 2nd year of their PhD process.

 

Dissemination of research output is a crucial component of your research career. The peer-review process associated with publication is a great way to get feedback on your research-in-progress. Publishing and having your work peer-reviewed during your PhD will be looked on favourably during your PhD viva.

So how can you improve your chances of successfully navigating the peer-review process and getting published?

Through a mixture of practical exercises, theory and discussion this workshop aims to prepare participants for publication. We’ll consider planning, pitching and practical writing issues. We’ll explore formatting, appropriate use of language, correct mechanisms for citing, quoting and paraphrasing in order to avoid unintentional plagiarism. We’ll consider different routes to publication and how to know when and where to pitch an idea. Finally we’ll also consider publishing our work in the larger context of the UK’s Research Excellent Framework (REF).

What others have said was useful about this course:

The warmth of the delivery, the detailed knowledge, the mix of approaches.
The importance of abstract and how to write it
Tips on writing a good article & getting it accepted
That the trainer had her own personal experiences of the subject matter as well as the knowledge
All the information that the trainer provided and the interaction between students & trainer

This session is delivered by an external presenter,  Dr Jennifer Allanson, Tuplespace Ltd

This is a 3-hour interactive workshop for postgraduate researchers in the second half of their PhD journey.

The doctoral thesis is possibly the largest document you’ll independently author. It’s a major undertaking that requires careful planning, organization and extensive writing and re-writing. In order to give you a strong start this workshop will provide an opportunity to:

• Consider the purpose of the thesis, its structure and format
• Understand the criteria for examination and the examiner’s role
• Identify and refine your thesis message
• Map out your thesis
• Consider techniques for drafting/ revising and finalizing your writing
• How to best engage your supervisor with the thesis-writing process
• Create a realistic plan to complete your thesis

half-day workshop

Often the most challenging aspect of thesis writing, or any other writing for that matter, is finding the time and space to sit down and focus on doing the actual writing. A writing retreat is simply designated time and space away from your normal workplace where you and others can focus on writing and nothing else.

LDC Development hosts regular retreat session for up to 24 people. Together we bring our laptops and collectively write together in order to accomplish our writing goals.  The retreat provides protected academic writing time for you. We sit together in a room and use peer accountability to help us avoid the distractions of email, social media, the internet, impending meetings, tea making, paperclip sorting, desk cleaning, lab work, or any other procrastination techniques you’ve been employing in your everyday working practice.   

Previous participants have said:

‘I found that without interruptions, my productivity went up.’

‘I have had trouble focussing on my work recently and feel that attending the workshops would make me set aside time for writing/planning my project.’

‘It enabled me to work better on my writing tasks as I had peers around me doing the same thing in a quiet and conducive environment.’

This session 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, D2 Communication.

half-day workshop

WriteFest19 (#AcWriFest19) is an annual event established via the Academic Writing Month hashtag, #AcWriMo on Twitter.  It aims to support academic writing throughout the month of November and takes place across several UK universities.  This year, LDC Development are hosting a series of four weekly writing retreats for up to 24 people. 

Together we bring our laptops and write together in order to accomplish our writing goals.  The retreat provides protected academic writing time for you. We sit together in a room and use peer accountability to help us avoid the distractions of email, social media, the internet, impending meetings, tea making, paperclip sorting, desk cleaning, lab work, or any other procrastination techniques you’ve been employing in your everyday working practice.  

This session 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, D2 Communication.

10:00 - 15:00

LDC Development are offering a one-day writing retreat on campus to provide PGRs with an extended session dedicate to enhancing their writing practice.  If you are already familiar with our Mini Writing Retreats, then you will know the level of productivity possible during a few hours of a writings retreat.  If you are new to the idea of a writing retreat, than this is the perfect opportunity to be introduced to the benefits of coming to a dedicated space without distractions to move forward with your writing goals. 

A writing retreat is simply a designated time and space away from your normal workplace where you and others can focus on writing and nothing else.  Together we bring our laptops and write together in order to accomplish our writing goals.  The retreat provides protected academic writing time for you. We sit together in a room and use peer accountability to help us avoid the distractions of email, social media, the internet, impending meetings, tea making, paperclip sorting, desk cleaning, lab work, or any other procrastination techniques you’ve been employing in your everyday working practice.  

Previous participants have said:

‘It got me focused with no distractions and write something down within the short time. Outside the writing retreat, I spend much more time to complete the same task.’

‘The pressure of other people writing and being quiet really helped me focus.’

This session 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, D2 Communication.

June & July t.b.c.

The 2020 Summer Writing Retreats will take place off-campus in the creative & digital quarter of the Baltic Triangle, Liverpool.  Writing retreats provide protected time for uninterrupted writing within a highly supportive environment.  By signing up and making yourself accountable to others, you are ensuring that the writing will happen.

While our well attended monthly Mini Writing Retreats help you build a regular writing practice, sometimes more sustained writing time is needed to make substantial progress. That’s why LDC Development are hosting two summer writing retreats.  Each retreat takes places over two full days from 9am to 4pm and participants are expected to attend both full days.  We supply the venue, food and drink to fuel your writing and motivation and you supply the writing!

These sessions are often oversubscribed and places are limited to a maximum of 14 places.  The summer writing retreats are open through application only.  To apply, you will be asked to complete an on-line application form outlining your writing goals. Priority will be given to those who have a clear plan for the writing they will accomplish during the retreat.

Previous participants have said:

 ‘It got me focused with no distractions and write something down within the short time. Outside the writing retreat, I spend much more time to complete the same task.’

‘The pressure of other people writing and being quiet really helped me focus.’

This session 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, D2 Communication.

This half-day workshop will help  those preparing conference presentations and who are exploring ways to communicate their research more efficiently and effectively. The session will focus on the planning stages of the talk, including the organisation of your subject matter within different stages of the presentation.  Participants can use this session to develop a presentation they plan to deliver in the coming weeks.

This session will combine a mixture of group discussions and individual planning, during which we will:

  • Establish the key messages communicated in the presentation
  • Examine the purpose and good practice of the different stages of a research presentation.
  • Find and practise new ways to introduce your talk
  • Discuss different ways to research results/findings.
  • Discuss and practice approaches to answering questions at the end.

Where numbers permit, the workshop will be divided into discussion groups according to subject area to promote more relevant discussions.

Workshop preparation : Please come with an idea or plan for a future presentation that you are either working on currently, or could be asked to deliver in the next month or two.

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

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 that you face in formal presentations. Each presentation is videoed, which is a highly effective way  to help you to 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 your 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 different subject areas and practise in delivering constructive feedback.

Preparation: to participate in this session you will need to prepare a 5 minute presentation that is delivered at the workshop. Further guidance is sent by email a week before 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 offers opportunities to gain skills in Personal qualities and Communication and dissemination, outlined in the RDF subdomains B1 and D2.

Half day workshop

Successfully communicating the key ideas of your research is an essential skill for all researchers.  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.  Through creating and explaining your model you will practice discussing details about your research, your wider aims, key findings and motivations.  Even if you have only just started your PhD, you can begin to extract your wider ideas during this session. Participants will come away with skills to better articulate the core essence of their research to a wider multi-disciplinary audience.

Previous participants have said:

‘I was really surprised by my ability to break down complex PhD research to make it easier to understand and communicate.’

‘Fun and I loved the creativity with model building’

‘The playful process was very absorbing, thank you.’

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

Half day workshop

Prepare to make 2020 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.

Previous participants have said:

‘I feel a lot more confident and more at ease with my ideas.’

‘I feel like I sorted out some bigger issues.’

‘It helped me reconnect with my goals and what I need to do to achieve them.’

‘Eye-opening, it helps you see your ideas in motion.’

This collaborative and interactive session 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.

10:00-15:00

Establishing or redefining your motivations and core values as a researcher is a proven way to shape a clear vision for your research career.  Having a clear vision will help you shape the opportunities that you follow and make happen during your PhD.  During this workshop we will use Lego® Serious Play® to construct useful models of:

  • how you see yourself as a researcher
  • the wider impact of your research
  • the vision you have for the future
  • which skills, attributes and behaviours you’ll need to build that vision

The Lego® Serious Play® method is effective in breaking down complex ideas and ambitious objectives into simple and actionable goals.  This workshop offers valuable time for you to explore your wider ambitions in a mutually support environment.  It is open to all PGRs, and even if you have just begun your research, having a clear vision can help you keep on track and feel more motivated.

This collaborative and interactive session 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.

10:00-15:00

Planning a strategy for dealing with the risks you might facing during your PhD can help improve both your productivity and your overall wellbeing.  Knowing that you have thought through potential issues, before they arise, can give you more confidence in your research practice.  In this workshop, we will use the Lego® Serious Play® method to build large-scale models of several scenarios and various impact they might have on your research.  We will then use our time to look rationally at each scenario and creatively generate ideas for dealing with each risk. 

The Lego® Serious Play® method is successfully used to for risk planning by large-scale research projects and global corporations.  This workshop aims to give you valuable time and space to devise solutions to problems before they arise and make decisions on how to address a range of risks.  It is all open to PGRs at any stage of their PhD but is most relevant to those in their first and second year of research.

This collaborative and interactive session 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 Full day session is delivered by an external presenter, Dr Adrian West, Company of Mind.

“It’s not enough to be busy...the question is: what are we busy about?” Henry David Thoreau

Everyone seems to be too busy and have too much to do. Yet at each stage of your career you typically have to take on more (think what you'd need to do as an academic?). So how are you going to use the opportunity to develop better ways and skills for coping - now?

The transition to doing research is quite a step change and a real opportunity to develop skills and habits to make your self-organisation more efficient. It's particularly clear when you're first exposed to the demands of research: information, literature, ideas, tasks, responsibilities...and little externally imposed structure to help you. It can become obviously overwhelming. That's a good thing because it galvanises us to develop new skills for coping, which will stand us in good stead for our future lives too (it's part of the transformative value of doing research degrees).

But how exactly are you going to do that? Will it take effort? (remember how much effort you put into learning the alphabet - wasn't that worthwhile?).

In this workshop we'll look at a variety of tools, practices and disciplines that will help us. From overarching practices for handling "everything" (thereby reducing that stress), to ways of managing and making use of all the ideas you have or have read, to how to develop the kind of memory that a scholar needs.

This full day workshop is delivered by an external presenter from Fistral Training and Consultancy Ltd.

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

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

10:00-15:00

This workshop explores how to design and plan an achievable project for making meaningful impact with your research as a PGR. Using Design Thinking process, 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.

Previous participants have said:

‘This workshop was very informative.  I got to learn on how to create impact, not only myself in my research, but also the impact of research of other people.  I got to interact with other researchers and learnt more on their research.’

‘Great workshop, definitely worth taking.’

‘I feel better informed on how to make an impact.’

‘I would say that everyone should join this workshop because it gives you a lot of understanding on how to make an impact.’

‘I think this is very useful workshop for research students, especially for those who just started because it really helps with making ideas.  For those who already have results in their research, this workshop can help give you some ideas which can expand your research.’

This collaborative and interactive session 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.

half-day workshop

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 audience.

Previous participants have said;

‘I was surprised that building a Lego® model involves the same thinking you use for your research.’

‘Building a model to describe my journey to start a PhD at Liverpool has reminded me of how hard I worked to reach the place where I am!’

‘Today I will take away the importance of communicating my research simply and effectively.’

This collaborative and interactive session 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, D2 Communication.

10:00-15:00

This highly creative and interactive one-day boot camp is intended to help PGRs devise a personal project towards achieving their personal development goals.  Based partly on the Stanford University course Research as Design, we will use design thinking to explore your individual development needs.  You will then generate innovate and motivating ideas and build useful prototype to share and test your ideas amongst your supportive peers during the boot camp. 

You can use the boot camp to discover and scope out what development you might need, or you can arrive with a specific problem you would like to address.  Some examples of topics include designing a way to:

  • Establish a new network of researchers using social media
  • Change poor working habits
  • Initiate a freelance career in consultancy
  • Implement regular practice in writing up the thesis
  • Practice sharing ideas in order to get feedback from others

These are just examples, the topics themselves are devised by yourself and are limitless.  The aim is for you to work on something that will have tangible benefts to your development as a researcher.  You do not need any experience or knowledge of deign thinking to take part!  This boot camp overs an introduction to the design thinking process and provides you with the tools to address a multitude of problem you might face in the future.  During the course of the day we will:

  • identify the reality of your current situation or a problem you may face
  • understand the impact the situation is having on your research and/or personal life
  • Identify any skill gaps or unmet needs in terms of your development
  • Formulate a question for exploring and generating ideas for projects that will enhance your skills and meet your unmet needs
  • Design an extensive project using the Design Thinking process, including building a prototype
  • Share the project prototype with other researchers and receive valuable feedback
  • Plan the project your designed, with detailed weekly goals and milestones

For those planning to move forward with the Development through Design Thinking programme, you will have the opportunity to receive regular support to help bring your project into fruition and keep motivated with your development goals.

This collaborative and interactive session 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 Full day session is delivered by an external presenter, Dr Adrian West, Company of Mind.

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.

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

This full day workshop is delivered by a specialist careers consultant Sally Beyer.

A one-day interactive workshop for Post Graduate Researchers in the final year before completion. Wherever you are at in your career thinking and planning, you will find this intensive, fun workshop beneficial.

Aims


  • Help you make well informed and considered choices about your next steps
    • Opportunity to build self-awareness to inform future career choices and planning
    • To provide a structured process to identify personal career goals
    • Network with your colleagues to discuss ideas, reflect on experience and support one another relating to life after PhD
    • Look at what you can take control of to maximise chances of career success (whatever success is for you)

Learning Outcomes

• Be equipped with new skills for managing your career
• Assess your current situation – your strengths and areas to focus on related to work opportunities
• Identify what you really want to get from your professional life
• Build a clear picture of what you want to be doing post PhD
• Explore the importance of personal effectiveness and impact on others when working towards your goals, i.e. your confidence, self-belief and proactivity
• Recognise how networking can help you get to where you want to be
• Discuss job searching in an ever-changing work environment
• Get feedback on your current CV
• Set goals and actions for your future

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 half day workshop is delivered by our specialist career consultant, Sally Beyer.

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?

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

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; 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

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 half day workshop is delivered by our specialist career consultant, Sally Beyer.

 

  • 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

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 half day workshop is delivered by our specialist career consultant, Sally Beyer.

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

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 half day workshop is delivered by our specialist career consultant, Sally Beyer.

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.

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

 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”,

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

This interactive workshop offers time and space for participants to share and further develop their workshop outlines, following the ‘Designing Workshops’ webinar.

You will have the opportunity to trial exercises you designed and receive valuable feedback from your peers. We will also discuss facilitation in practice and methods for preparing for successful workshop delivery, including:

  • Managing a workshop ecosystem
  • Assessing risks
  • Preparing the space
  • Follow up plans
  • Capturing value within workshops
  • Establishing goals as a facilitator

At the end of the workshop, we will discuss ways to go forward in the Development Tutor Scheme. This workshop is open to all but is also a prerequisite for those planning to join the Development Tutor Scheme.

You are strongly recommended to attend the webinar, ‘Webinar: Introduction to Facilitation’ prior to your attendance at this workshop.

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.