New Introduction to Public Engagement Workshop for HLS

Are you new to public engagement? Or would you like support and funding to develop your own activity? Are you a researcher at postgrad level or above in HLS? …. Then book a place on the new Introduction to Public Engagement workshop!

This workshop is open to all staff and students (at postgrad level and above) in the University of Liverpool, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, who want to learn more about public engagement, why it matters and how you can get involved.

Thursday 30 November 2017

09:00 – 14:00

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-public-engagement-tickets-39829242336

This workshop is being run by the LDC Development Team. During the workshop we will work with you to develop a plan for your own activity or event, and you will have time to refine and test this idea with your peers and with public engagement staff from the Faculty.

Following on from the workshop, there will be Faculty public engagement funding available for you to apply for. So if you’ve come up with a great idea for an event/activity, we can provide you with the funding and support to put these plans in to action!

Lunch will be provided for all attendees.

–Laura Winters HLS Faculty Public Engagement Officer

Volunteers needed for focus groups

I am currently undertaking a small research project to explore postgraduate students’ motivations for attending or not attending professional development workshops and to explore which factors postgraduate students feel would facilitate participation and engagement with professional development. As part of this project, I am looking for volunteers to take part in one of three focus group interviews. These focus groups will form part of a study designed to explore motivations for attending PGR professional development workshops and scope out demand for future workshops both in terms of format and content. Your contribution will ensure that the needs of our PGR community continues to be met.
 
I am inviting all PGRs at University of Liverpool to participate, whether or not you have attended a workshop previously, or intend to sign up for one in the future.
 
Focus groups are scheduled to take place 12-2pm on the following dates:
Tuesday 21st November
Wednesday 29th November
Friday 1st December
 
To take part in the focus groups, please respond by email to saetnan@liverpool.ac.uk with your preferred date and time. Lunch will be provided during the focus group meetings.
 
More information about the study, and what is involved in participating, can be found in the participant information sheet. If you have any further questions about the project, or your participation in the survey, do not hesitate to get in touch.
 
Thank you for your help!
 
Dr. Eli Saetnan
@DrSaetnan
 

Developing your research skills? See our Webinar Programme for Autumn

This Autumn the LDC Development team are offering webinars on a range of different topics, particularly aimed at those new to research, but open to all postgraduate researchers.  In these sessions, we guidance, advice and suggestions  to help you improve your practice in these research skills.

These online  sessions all include a chat area for participants to introduce themselves, ask questions or raise concerns, but also  to share their own practice and so learn from each other!

All session should be recorded and we provide additional resources to supplement  the sessions that you can access after the event.

The events listed below are  open for booking. (Most events will be repeated in Spring 2018.)

30-Oct
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Time – management for PhD researchers
– Offering a variety of approaches to help you manage your research time more effectively
06-Nov
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Creating your own plan of professional development
– To help you create a plan to meet your own long term goals as a researcher or for your longer term career
13-Nov
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Surviving the PhD
– Advice and suggestions to help you solve many problems commonly faced by new PhD researchers
20-Nov
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Research Writing – Maintaining motivation for your writing
– Guidance to help you develop your writing practice from creating notes to gaining good feedback.
27-Nov
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Research Writing: communicating your research effectively
– Advice to communicate effectively in your writing and to start writing for publication.
04-Dec
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations 1, defining your message
– Advice to plan and prepare a compelling presentation
11-Dec
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations 2, delivery
– Advice to best manage and deliver  your presentations.

In addition:

8 Nov, 29 Nov
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Effectively using the PGR Toolbox
– for those who want additional support to use this tool.

All those registered will receive an email confirmation and should check that Eventbrite is using their University email.  The web link to access these events is normally sent about half an hour before the event begins and is sent to this same email address.

Careers webinars

The above series is supplemented by two webinars delivered by an external careers consultant:

02-Nov
13:30 – 14:30
Webinar: Networking Skills
– Identify ways to develop your networking ability and expand your support community.
07-Dec
13:30 – 14:30
Webinar: Using LinkedIn to manage your career
-Explore how LinkedIn can be used to enhance your career and why you need to be on there!

See the timetable on our website for information on further workshops offered by the LDC Development team.

Are you prepared for your future career?

The LDC Development team offer various workshops, webinars and other resources to help your career preparation and which you can access at any stage of your PhD.

Workshops and webinars

We still have some places on the following workshops coming up this Autumn:

26 Oct 09:15 – 12:30 Developing Networking Skills
31 Oct 09:15 – 12:30 Career Management
02 Nov 09:15 – 12:30 Developing your Interview Skills
23 Nov 09:15 – 12:30 Making an Impact in Work
07 Dec 09:15 – 12:30 Making Academic Applications

And the two webinars:

02 Nov 13:30 – 14:30 Webinar: Networking Skills
07 Dec 13:30 – 14:30 Webinar: Using LinkedIn to manage your career

Online Resources

Our online resources will help you create your own career plan, to help you select the events that might your career preparation and find out  further information that will help you make informed choices.

Career Management Skills Resources

The ‘What Next’ video may also help you select your future career: The ‘What Next?’ Video

Careers and Employability service

Finally, don’t forget that the Careers and Employability service offer a wide range of events, particularly with local employers, which will be of particular interest to those seeking a career outside of academic life.

See further information in the CareerHub (requires registration and login)

Developing your Academic Writing

Autumn is here and nights are drawing in. With wind and rain outside, this is a perfect time to get on with writing. Whether you are working on thesis chapters, annual reports, manuscripts for publication or any other academic writing, we have support available for you. Just follow the links below to book your place.

Overcoming Writer’s Block – 18 October
All writers have times when they get stuck, when the words don’t seem to flow and you feel frustrated. New on our programme this year, is a workshop to help you overcome this Writer’s Block. The workshop is led by Dr. Alan Greaves who has extensive experience both as a psychotherapist and an academic writer. The workshop offers solution based ideas and discussion in an informal and confidential setting, giving you the tools to overcome blocks and make progress on your writing.

Overcoming Writer’s Block with Dr. Alan Greaves – 18 October

Academic Writing Group – starting 16 October
Often we know we should be writing, but there just never seems to be a good time to do so. Too many other distractions get in the way. The Academic Writing Group sessions are designed to give you the time and space to further develop your writing practice in a supportive setting. Here a group of academic writers, from novice to expert, come together to share ideas and to write, providing peer support for each other. By being part of a community of academic writers, you can build your confidence as a writer. The group meetings are held twice per month, starting on 16th October.

First meeting – 16 October

BiteSize Thesis
If your PhD thesis is at the forefront of your mind, why not check out our BiteSize thesis writing sessions. Hosted by Dr. Eli Saetnan, this series of brief workshops will guide you through specific aspects of thesis writing including thesis structure, editing for clarity, making the most of your reading, and being a productive thesis writer. Workshops include brief presentations by Eli along with opportunities for you to practice some of the aspects discussed.

Thesis format and structure – 17 October
Edit for clarity – 19 October
Read, write, repeat – 24 October
Overcoming writer’s block – 26 October

Webinars
Sometimes all you need is some advice and guidance to get started and a chance to discuss options with fellow PGRs. In that case, check out our upcoming webinars where Dr. Shirley Cooper discusses developing your writing practice from initial notes to final editing and advice on writing for publication. The webinars combine a brief presentation by Shirley with a chance to ask questions and discuss options with fellow participants.

Maintaining motivation for your writing – 20 November
Communicating your research effectively – 27 November

Thesis Writing for International Students
These sessions are hosted by the English Language Centre and include analysis of text as well as exercises designed to develop your vocabulary and grammatical accuracy. For more information on these sessions, get in touch with the English Language Centre.

Postgraduate Researcher Week 9-13 October 2017

Join us for a week of bespoke workshops and wider events for both new and more advanced researchers.

Full Programme


New Researchers

Postgraduate Researcher Week offers a wide range of events that serve as a welcome for new researchers and aim to help you learn more about the training and development opportunities available to you as a postgraduate researcher at the University of Liverpool.

The LDC Development Team is offering the following events for new researchers:

Taking Ownership of your PhD –  10th  Oct,    12th  Oct

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.

Webinar: Effectively Using PGR Toolbox  – 11th Oct 1pm
This lunch-time webinar aims to help new PGRs make effective use of the PGR Toolbox in Liverpool Life.  We will provide an overview of the key systems and processes and step-by-step instructions with a live demonstration.  There will be time for questions and answers throughout the webinar.

Solving the Challenges of Part-Time Research- 13 Oct-14.00-15.00– This workshop is open to all part-time researchers and offers the opportunity to share your experiences and explore potential solutions to any problems you are facing.

For more Advanced Researchers

There are a variety of sessions running during the week including, Your Thesis: why you should start your writing now!, Planning your Final Year, Thesis writing afternoon and Viva Survivor.  There are also several careers oriented events for those considering their future after their PhD.

Thesis Writing, Public Engagement, Career events and other workshops coming up in October

The LDC Development team has announced the timetable for Autumn 2017, with booking open up to the end of October. See our web timetable for full details.

The specific events that we wish to highlight include:

Thesis writing workshops: These workshops are aimed at second and third year researchers who have begun their writing. They are a repeat of the Thesis Writing workshops offered previously, for those prepared to come and do some writing!

17 Oct 10:00 – 12:00 BiteSize Thesis: format and structure
19 Oct 14:00 – 16:00 BiteSize Thesis: edit for clarity
24 Oct 10:00 – 12:00 BiteSize Thesis: read, write, repeat
26 Oct 14:00 – 16:00 BiteSize Thesis: overcome writer’s block

You may also be interested in two sessions offered in Researcher week,

Your Thesis: why you should start your writing now! 9 Oct     14.00-15.00
Thesis writing afternoon 10 Oct   13.00-17.00

See the Researcher week timetable for more details.

Workshops for Public Engagement: A webinar and workshops to learn more about public engagement and to help you apply for funding and plan your own public engagement project.

17 Oct 12:30 – 13:30 Webinar: Introduction to Public Engagement
25 Oct 13:00 – 16:30 Public Engagement Incubator
02 Nov 13:00 – 16:30 Designing a Public Engagement Project using Design Thinking

Workshops to start your Career preparation: Our programme includes a range of half-day workshops and webinars for those preparing for their ongoing career, whatever stage of your PhD you are in.

26 Oct 09:15 – 12:30 Developing Networking Skills (tbc)
31 Oct 09:15 – 12:30 Career Management
02 Nov 09:15 – 12:30 Developing your Interview Skills
02 Nov 13:30 – 14:30 Webinar: Networking Skills

Additional workshops in this series are listed on the LDC Development timetable.

Career related events are also included in the Researcher week timetable.

Further workshops:

Further workshops in the programme include:

Delivering Academic Presentations is a small group workshop for those who are already preparing a research presentation. There is a small amount of preparation required to make the most of this half day workshop

18 Oct 13:00 – 16:00 Delivering Academic Presentations

Exploring Intercultural Communication: This is a joint webinar with XJTLU (and hence the early start) for those who feel who are facing language or cultural barriers in their research. We will addresses both the advantages of  adapting to a new cultures and solutions to help overcome problems.

24 Oct 09:30 – 10:30 Webinar: Intercultural Communication in the PhD
– support with language and culture barriers

Workshop for part-time researchers – this workshop, offered in Researcher week, is open to all part-time researchers to share their experiences  and solutions to any problems they have faced.

Solving the Challenges of Part-Time Research 13 Oct    14.00-15.00


LDC Development Team.

Do you teach? Develop your practice and get recognition!

PGR in front of a class

Many postgraduate researchers get involved with teaching during their studies. You may have opportunities to work as a demonstrator in practical classes or as a tutor leading small group tutorials. Or maybe you have the opportunity to develop lectures for larger group, assist in marking and assessment or supervising junior research students.

New to teaching?

Taking on such responsibilities can be a daunting task for anyone, but you are not alone. There is a lot of support available, including a series of workshops delivered by the Academic Development team. We start the autumn term with workshops for new demonstrators (26th and 28th September) and a workshop on small group teaching (27th September). Details and booking can be found here: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/cll/booking/

Experienced GTA?

For those of you with more teaching experience, we offer a scheme to help you develop your teaching skills further. Our GTA Recognition Scheme is aimed at PGRs with at least one year of teaching experience, and leads to recognition as Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Becoming an Associate Fellow of the HEA allows you to use the post-nominal letters AFHEA, and signals to potential future academic employers that you have some experience in teaching and that you approach your teaching in a research-informed and reflective manner. HEA Associate Fellowship is recognised throughout UK Higher Education, and may also be useful if you are planning to look for academic work within Europe. It is less well recognised further afield, but one of the key aims of this programme is that it helps you to become a better-informed and more reflective teacher, and this is likely to make you a more credible candidate for any role that involves teaching in Higher Education.

The GTA Recognition Scheme involves two compulsory workshops (4 October and 8 May) and a series of 5 monthly group meetings. For more information or to sign up for the scheme, get in touch with Dr. Eli Saetnan (saetnan@liverpool.ac.uk).
Deadline for registration on the GTA Recognition Scheme is 15th September.

Further details

For more information on GTA training, including dates of all workshops for 2017-18 and details for the GTA Recognition Scheme, check out the current GTA handbook by following the link below or contacting Dr. Eli Saetnan (saetnan@liverpool.ac.uk).

GTA handbook 2017_18

New Workshops in Facilitation and opportunities for paid practice in professional development workshops

Facilitation is an extremely useful skill for a researcher, to help manage meetings and work with others, particularly if you work in teams, work with people as part of your research or have opportunities in public engagement. It is also an extremely useful skill to be able to demonstrate for your future career.

The LDC Development Team is offering a new series of short workshops for September/October to help attendees gain and practise skills in facilitation. The series begins with a webinar to help you learn more about facilitation, followed by workshops focuses on specific aspects and practice to learn and practise some  essential techniques in facilitation. The series includes two workshops to help you  apply the techniques to develop your own teaching sessions that focus on experiential learning.

The workshops are as follows (click on the link for further details and registration):

Date Time Title
06 Sep 12:30 – 13:30 Introduction to Facilitation
07 Sep 13:00 – 15:00 Asking Good Questions as a Facilitator
20 Sep 13:00 – 15:00 Becoming a Facilitator
21 Sep 13:00 – 15:00 Facilitating Meetings
04 Oct 13:00 – 15:00 Designing & Facilitating Experiential Learning Exercises
05 Oct 13:00 – 15:00 Designing & Facilitating Development Workshops

Note: Attendance at the webinar is recommended for attendance at the other workshops. Some of the workshop replace the full-day workshop, ‘Facilitation Methods and their Application in the Development of PGRs’ presented in 2016/17. The webinar and workshops will be repeated later in 2018.

New Development Tutor Scheme

The workshops are open to all postgraduate researchers at Liverpool and you can register for each workshop singly, or you can attend these workshops in preparation for the new Development Tutor Scheme  that is being offered to postgraduate researchers in 2017-18. The scheme includes:

  •  training in facilitation,
  • observation sessions,
  • paid engagement at workshops, including assisting in LDC Development team webinars, but you are encouraged, and supported, to design and deliver your own short workshops
  •  the development of online materials to support the postgraduate community at Liverpool.

Registration for this scheme formally opens at the start of Oct 2017, but you can view further details of the scheme on our website:
https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/pgr-development/offering/tutors/

LDC Development Team

Write that Thesis!

Are you writing your thesis?
Should you be writing your thesis?
Make some real progress with our Thesis Writing Afternoons.

coffee machines

Thesis Writing Afternoons at Zieferblat – with unlimited coffee/tea to fuel your writing

Writing your thesis can be a lonely and frustrating process, easily distracted and derailed by other responsibilities or tasks. The purpose of these writing afternoons is to let you focus fully on thesis writing, away from the usual distractions and to make real progress on your thesis.

We are meeting away from campus, away from interfering distractions, for a solid afternoon of writing. Join other PGRs for mutual support and a chance to pick up, or pass on tips and tricks for successful thesis writing. But most importantly, come and do some serious writing. We provide the lunch, teas/coffees and space – you do the writing.

These sessions are particularly targeted at final year PhD students, though any PGR ready to make real progress on writing their thesis is welcome to join us. In preparation for the session, gather the information you need and plan which section of your thesis you will be working on so that you are ready to sit down and write on the day.

We have two afternoons available, come to one or both. Just follow the links below for booking:

Tuesday 25th July 13:00 – 17:00

Wednesday 26th July 13:00 – 17:00