Making the Most of your PhD

Workshops to help you devise strategies to manage your research and professional development.

Upcoming workshops from the LDC Development Team will help you take action to manage your personal and professional development and to develop your research productivity.

 

 

Click on the titles below for further information and registration.

Developing Mindsets and Taking Action

Practical Thinking for Researchers            22 May, 9:15 – 16:30

Gaining Confidence as a Researcher         30 May, 10:00 – 16:30

Coaching for Researchers                                                           2 June, 9:30 – 16:30

Problem Solving and Decision Making for Researchers             5 June, 9:15 – 16:30

Improving your Social Wellbeing as a Researcher                     20 June, 10:00 – 16:30

Time Management & Motivation for Postgraduate Researchers

21 June 13:30 – 16:30                                    21 June, 9:30 – 12:30

 

Developing your Productivity

Planning and Preparing an Effective Research Presentation     23 May, 9:30 – 12:30

Writing a Scientific Article                                                                19 June, 9:30 – 12:30

Getting your Work Published                                                         19 June, 13:30 – 16:30

Introduction to Project Management                                              14 June, 9:15 – 16:30

Writing Targeted Grant Proposals                                                  28 June, 9:30 – 16:30

One to one support to help you prepare for your long term career

‘Chance favours the prepared mind’.

Keen to gain extra support with your career planning?

The Liverpool Doctoral College are offering a one hour face-to-face coaching session to help you with your career preparation, with a further follow-up session by Skype if required. This offer is open to all PGRs at any stage in their degree.

These sessions will provide focused and tailored support with issues such as:

  • Equipping you to create effective application forms, CVs, personal statements and cover letters for specific roles you are applying for
  • Preparing for interview (including carrying out mock interviews and providing feedback)
  • Making a positive impact within interviews/presentations – e.g. Influencing others and harnessing nerves and anxiety
  • Discussing career issues, e.g. expansion of your network for career success, choosing options
  • How to harness change as you move on from your PhD
  • Helping you think through self-employment – if this is a consideration

The one to one coaching is delivered by Sally Beyer who has specialised career coaching experience.  She will be familiar to many of you from our careers half day workshops and careers webinars.

Dates: If you would like to book a free one hour coaching session with Sally, please follow the link on the preferred date below. These dates are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

12-1pm or 1pm – 2pm

Mondays 21st May, 18 June, 25 June, 02 July and 09 July.

Please only register for one slot. Following your registration, a further pre-session form will be sent out for you  to provide Sally with information to help her best prepare for your coaching session. Please return the form to gssp@liverpool.ac.uk. Your booking  will only be accepted on completion of this pre-session form.

About your coach

Sally Beyer
Sally is a Careers and Learning & Development professional with over 22 years’ experience of training and coaching people from all walks of life. Along with working for two local Universities, Sally has worked with many private and public organisations delivering career management support to help staff at all levels to achieve their full potential.

To find out more about Sally please take a look at her LinkedIn profile:   https://www.linkedin.com/in/sally-beyer/

Important information for those who have entered data into the Portfolio of Activity

The Annual Progress Reports (APRs) to be released in June 2018 will, for the first time, include selected data from the PGR Portfolio of Activity. The data will be displayed in the APR under the four headings in the Portfolio of Activity, which correspond to the four domains of the Researcher Development Framework.

The data that is transferred to the APR will be limited to:

  • Records with dates in the period from the 1st June 2017 to the end of May 2018.
  • The type of activity, the title, and the date of the events that you have recorded in the Portfolio.
  • Records that you have kept marked as ‘selected’ in the Portfolio.

The APRs will not include further information such as the description or the ‘RDF descriptors’ that you can add to the Portfolio of Activity.

Example of Portfolio of Activity data as it will appear in the APR    (link to file attachment)

Further Guidance for the APRs: Further information on the changes to the APRs will be released during May, including the updated Student Guidance for 2018 to help you complete the form and the dates of supporting workshops organised by the PGR Student Team.

If you have not entered data into the Portfolio of Activity, the APRs will include empty text boxes where you can add any additional information in relation to your professional development to record in the APR process. The choice of which box to use to record each training or development activity is only approximate and may be a personal choice. We recommend that you aim to complete development relevant to all sections of the Portfolio over the course of your PhD, as this will help you to make the most of your PhD experience and to prepare you for your ongoing career.

You do not need to add activities for all Portfolio of Activity sections within the APR form. Non-completion of any of these boxes will not delay completion of the APRs.

Preparing your Portfolio for the APR

The APR will display the data in a non-editable format, i.e. any changes to the Portfolio of Activity after the 31st May will not be reproduced in the APR. We recommend that you revisit the Portfolio of Activity before the 31st May and look over the data that you want to have included in the APR.

You may want to check the event title to ensure that this accurately represents the event, since the event description is not included in the APR.
For example, if this is a three day conference, you might include the dates in the title.

If you do not want data to be transferred into the APR, please ensure that you untick the box in the column labelled ‘Select’ in the portfolio.

If you have any problems with this process or you encounter system issues in relation to the Portfolio of Activity, please contact the LDC Development team at pgro@liverpool.ac.uk

Reminder – 31st May is the completion date for the record of Supervisory Meetings.

As in previous years, the APR will also include the complete list of the dates of all supervisory meeting records that have been signed off by your supervisor. Please ensure that your record of Supervisory meetings is up to date before the end of May. You may also want to remind your supervisor that they should sign off of all records before the 1st June.

External presenters and new workshops coming in May and June

In May and June the LDC Development team  have invited a number of external presenter to deliver workshops in several specialised subjects. These include a repeat of many well-received workshops offered in previous years to further develop your techniques in research thinking and problem-solving, prepare your writing for publication, writing grant proposals and building an academic career.

 ——–        Full LDC Development Timetable            ——–

May: The workshops for May currently open for booking include:

Practical Thinking for Researchers Dr Adrian West 22nd May 09:15 – 16:30
Getting your Work Published Dr Jen Allanson 08th May 13:30 – 16:30
Building a Successful Academic Career Dr Jen Allanson 08th May 09:30 – 12:30

Save the date:  We have the following workshops planned for June; booking will open at the start of May. (Note: * indicates a half day workshop.)

Problem Solving and Decision Making for Researchers Dr Adrian West 5th June
Introduction to Project Management Dr Fraser Robertson 14th June
Writing a Scientific Article * (am) Dr Jen Allanson 19th June
Getting your work published * (pm) Dr Jen Allanson 19th June
Writing targeted grant proposals Dr Pete Moore 29th June

New LDC Development Workshops

During this period, the LDC Development team is  offering some new full day and half- day workshops as follows

Problem-solving with LEGO® Serious Play® 02nd May 12:30 – 16:30
Planning and Preparing an Effective Research Presentation 23th May 09:30 – 12:30
Gaining Confidence as a Researcher Using Design Thinking 30th May 10:00 – 16:30
Improving your Social Wellbeing as a Researcher using Design Thinking 20th June

We are also providing a further offering of sought-after sessions on Thesis Writing and workshops and webinars to help you prepare for your career. See LDC Development Timetable for details and booking information.

Upcoming webinars to introduce the Researchers in Schools programme

The Researchers in Schools programme is a national programme that offers a direct and supported route into teaching in UK schools, post your PhD, that is dedicated for PhD Researchers. You can find out more by attending one of their free upcoming webinars on the 28th March or 4th April

Details for times and registration are on their website at http://www.researchersinschools.org/

Introduction from  the organisers: The Researchers in Schools programme is the world’s only fully-salaried route into teaching tailored exclusively to PhD researchers. We look for candidates with a desire to improve the educational prospects of pupils across the country and outstanding interpersonal skills to train to become classroom teachers. As a subject leader within your school, you’ll help support pupils, regardless of background, to excel and progress to higher education.
Webinar dates: 28th March  4th April
Join our webinar to find out more about what a career in teaching with RIS can offer you. You’ll hear about how our programme is specifically designed for doctoral researchers as well as the many unique benefits the programme can offer you, including:
• The salary and salary uplift scheme, supported by the Department for Education
• The structured fully-funded teacher training
• One day per week of protected time to focus on improving outcomes for pupils from underrepresented backgrounds, promoting university access and research
• The honorary academic status awarded from a research-intensive university
If you’re looking to build a rewarding and long-lasting career that allows you to use your PhD to directly impact on the educational outcomes of pupils, sign-up and find out more.

Expand your Facilitation Skills and join our paid Developer Tutor Scheme

The LDC Development Team offer a series of workshops to help you develop skills in facilitation. Facilitation skills can help you manage meetings and work with others, particularly if you work in teams, work with people as part of your research or have take part in public engagement. Such skills are also extremely useful for your future career.

These workshops also form part of our Development Tutor Scheme, which is open to all postgraduate researchers at Liverpool in the second year onwards of their degree. The scheme provides both training and practise in experiential teaching, and includes paid teaching opportunities within the LDC Programme and the support to help you develop your own workshops or webinars.

The workshops are as follows and are open to all researchers, whether or not you join the tutor scheme:

Webinar: Introduction to Facilitation*     21st March  12:30 -13:30

Asking Good Questions as a Facilitator  11th April  13:00 – 15:00

Becoming a Facilitator   16th May  13:00 – 15:00

Facilitating Meetings       23rd May  13:00 – 15:00

Designing & Facilitating Experiential Learning Exercises   6th June    13:00 – 15:00

Designing & Facilitating Development Workshops   7th June   13:00 – 15:00

*Note: Attendance at the webinar is recommended prior to  attendance at the other workshops.

Further information and registration for the Development Tutor Scheme can be viewed on our website https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/pgr-development/offering/tutors/ and applications are welcome throughout the year.

LDC Development Team

LDC Development Programme for February/March 2018

All our workshops are now open for registration up to the end of March. These include a range of webinars and short workshops covering writing and presentation skills, careers preparation as well as a begin of our new series on Design Thinking.

For new PGRs (or those who missed workshop last term)

Introduction to the Research Environment 27-Feb 09:15 – 16:30

 Developing your written skills

Webinar: Research Writing – maintaining motivation for your writing 05-Mar 12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Research Writing – communicating your research effectively 12-Mar 12:30 – 13:30
BiteSize Thesis: format & structure – full booked 08-Mar 14:00 – 16:00
BiteSize Thesis: edit for clarity 13-Mar 14:00 – 16:00
BiteSize Thesis: read, write, repeat 27-Mar 14:00 – 16:00
BiteSize Thesis: overcoming writer’s block 29-Mar 14:00 – 16:00
Webinar: Writing for ‘The Conversation’ – for PhD researchers
– led by PhD Researchers sharing their experience
22 March 12:30 – 13:30

Developing your presentation skills

Preparing Poster Presentations 01-Mar 12:30 – 15:30
Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations 1; defining your message 19-Mar 12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations 2, delivery 26-Mar 12:30 – 13:30

Developing your creative confidence

Design Thinking Studio 1: Empathy and Defining the Problem 28-Feb 13:00 – 16:30
Design Thinking Studio 2: Ideate and Rapid Prototyping 14-Mar 13:00 – 16:30

Developing your research productivity

Webinar: Introduction to Facilitation
– Part of the Development Tutor Scheme.
21 March 12:30 – 13:30
Public Engagement Incubator 07-Mar 13:00 – 16:30

 Preparing for your career

Developing Networking Skills 28-Feb 09:15 – 12:30
Webinar: Developing effective CVs and Applications 28-Feb 13:30 – 14:30
Making an Impact in Work 07-Mar 09:30 – 12:30
Webinar: Effective Interview Skills 07-Mar 13:30 – 14:30
Making Academic Applications 08-Mar 09:15 – 12:30

Please follow the above links for further details or see the LDC Development Timetable.

Postgraduate Researcher Week – 12- 16 March 2018

Postgraduate Researcher Week offers a variety of sessions running throughout the five days, 12 – 16 March, and are open to all PGR students at the University.

Full list of Events

All events take place on Liverpool Campus (various locations)

The planned events    cover a wide range of subjects and offers many opportunities for networking with other PGRs. the sessions include:

  • Introductory events for those new to the University;
  • Development workshops for those in their first year, including, ‘Your Thesis: why you should start your writing now!’, ‘Getting started with academic writing’, ‘How to work with your Supervisor ‘ and guidance to help you develop Evidence reviews;
  • Guidance on ‘Stress and mental health for postgraduate students’;
  • The talk: ‘Achieving Nirvana on stage: How to deliver a great talk’;
  • LDC development events including a new ‘Design Thinking’ workshop;
  • Sessions for those in the later sages of their PhD, including ‘Planning your Final Year’, ‘Thesis writing morning’, ‘Viva Survivor’ and the Thesis submission through Liverpool Elements;
  • Opportunities to take time out with a range of musical events, and other sessions, including gardening.

Find out more and register on the LDC Intranet site

Connect with us at #ldcpgrweek.

Developing your Creative Confidence: Design Thinking your PhD

Conducting original scholarship requires a wide range of skills and behavioural traits associated with creativity, including curiosity, motivation, risk-taking, problem-solving, collaboration, playfulness, tolerance for ambiguity and a willingness to overcome failure. While you might not claim that you are ‘creative’, creativity is an important part of what you do as a researcher. Developing your creative confidence can help improve your research processes, impact, communication, working style, emotional state and the assumptions that result in us sometimes feeling ‘stuck’ when we face barriers.

As part of the LDC Development Programme, we offer a series of workshops devoted to fostering your creative confidence so you can take positive actions towards reaching your goals and build lasting social connections through the Design Thinking process.

What’s Design Thinking?
Design Thinking is a process of thinking and working that can be used to design innovative solutions, including solutions to the varied challenges that will arise while pursuing a research degree. This approach can be used to reimagine better solutions to:

* Your PhD experience
* Exploring career options
* Research processes and productivity
* Public engagement
* Participatory research
* Interdisciplinary collaborations
* Co-creation with industry and other partners
* Developing curriculum and teaching

The Design Thinking Process

Join us for our first series of Design Thinking Studios!

Design Thinking Studio One: 

Empathy and Defining the Problem

Wed 28 February 2018

13:00 – 16:30

Design Thinking Studio Two:

Ideate and Rapid Prototyping

Wed 14 March 2018

13:00 – 16:30

Design Thinking Studio Three:

Refining your Prototype, Iteration and Testing (booking opens soon)

 Wed 18 April 2018

13:00 – 16:30

What you can do now to prepare for your ongoing career

The LDC Development team  and the Careers service have a range of events in coming weeks for both those early in their degree a well as  those who are preparing applications. These are listed below, together with further online offerings that support your career preparation.

LDC Development Programme

Career Management                       01 Feb         09:15 – 12:30
This thought provoking and interactive session will enable you to explore how employable you are, identify the work values that drive you and set personal and professional goals for the next 3 years.

Developing Your Interview skills         15 Feb       09:15 – 12:30
An interactive session will help you gain confidence in your ability to perform at interview, define the essential preparation and manage your verbal and visual impact on others.

Developing Networking Skills             28 Feb         09:15 – 12:30
A fun and practical session to give you confidence to network effectively, to  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.

Webinar: Developing effective CVs and Applications     28 Feb    13:30 – 14:30
Create excellent written applications for both academic and non-academic roles and identify key steps you can take to increase your chances of being shortlisted for posts when applying with CVs, applications and covering letters.

For further information follow the above registration links. Full information will be sent by email nearer the event.

Coming up in March, (booking to open shortly):

Making an Impact in Work                     07 March 09:15 – 12:30
Webinar: Effective Interview Skills       07 March 13:30 – 14:30
Making Academic Applications               08 March 09:15 – 12:30

Careers Service Events

Postgraduate Research (PhD/MRES) students: 30 minute guide to improving your CV.
Tue 20 Feb 2018, 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM      Fri 16 Mar 2018, 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM
We’ll help you work on your layout, structure and content by looking at the 10 key rules of the applications game. Please bring a copy of your CV with you as you’ll need it for this session.

Careers & Employability Service meeting room. The Careers & Employability Service is located in the Alsop Building, University Square (building 750 on the campus map).

Liverpool Spring Careers Fair 2018          Wed 7 Mar 2018, 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM

The Spring Careers Fair is back to give University of Liverpool students a head start in their job search. With around 60 exhibitors offering internship, placement and graduate opportunities for 2018 and beyond, it’s an event not to be missed!

The Crypt, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TQ

Further Online sources

If you cannot attend the Career Management workshop, you may be interested  in the ‘What Next’ video: The ‘What Next?’ Video

Career Management Skills Resources
Our online resources offer a further range of relevant advice from networking and assessing your own skills through to preparing applications.

Career Management for Early Career Academic Researchers (MOOC online course)

Alternatively, you may be interested in this four week online course, open to PhD researchers across the UK. (Follow link for details).

The first offering starts 5th March.