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.

Communicating your research online – online courses begin 22nd Jan

These two online courses aim to help you develop and enhance your writing and other communication skills. You may also gain ideas on how to communicate your research online, in blogs or Newsletter articles as a form of Public Engagement/Impact.

Communicating Research in the Sciences Online 22 Jan – 02 April
Communicating Research in the Humanities & Social Sciences Online 22 Jan – 02 April

The  ten week courses offer a supportive and encouraging forum with a range of discussion topics including writing and presentation skills to reflect on your wider research skills.  In participating in these courses  you will:

  • Gain practice in writing and communicating the essence of your research to others, and so review and share ideas for your research project. Writing in different ways can often help you think differently about the topics.
  • Enjoy the benefits of feedback from those outside your field of research, who may offer a new angle to your research,
  • Learn of the different areas of research being undertaken in the University. See also how others present their research and write differently, their styles, and how they  approach their communication challenges.
  • Engage and gain direct experience of the Peer review process.
  • Start preparing an article that may be submitted online, as a blog, newsletter article or even as a start of an article for the ‘Conversation’.
  • Engage in online discussions on methods of writing, referencing, publications …
  • Gain confidence from finding others who are interested in your research!

Your engagement within the course is entirely flexible in terms of time, to fit in with your research and other work. Two hours per week is recommended. You do not need to be interested in publishing online to gain from this course.

Please choose the course that best fits your research focus. Follow the above links in the course titles for further details and registration. If you have any further questions, please contact Dr Shirley Cooper at Shirley.Cooper@liverpool.ac.uk.

For further details of the LDC Development programme, see our timetable,  where all workshops in February are now open for booking.

Two Part-time Teaching Opportunities to support our online courses in communicating research

Would you like to learn and engage in online teaching and development in a paid part-time position?

The LDC Development Team require part-time support for each of two online courses, primarily aimed at new researchers, (follow the above links for full course descriptions) :

Assistant Tutor for Communicating Research in the Sciences Online
Assistant Tutor for Communicating Research in the Humanities and Sciences Online

For either role you should be a PhD researcher in at least your second year at the University of Liverpool and working in a discipline related to the specific course.

The courses are delivered over a ten-week period and we require a contribution of half a day per week, starting the week of the 22nd or January. The roles can be undertaken on a flexible basis at times to fit in with your research and other work. Within this role, you will work with the course organiser to develop and engage participants in online discussions, help in creating supplementary materials for the course and to provide feedback to support participants in their development.

For these roles, experience of participation in an online environment and teaching experience will be useful, together with experience of writing for the wider public outside your research field and knowledge of the difficulties faced by part-time or off-site students. Preference will be given to those who have previously completed the course in previous years and/or have taken part in our workshops in facilitation. Technical skills are not necessary for this post.

Guidance and informal training will be provided and the roles offer opportunities to explore teaching ideas within an interactive online environment.

For further Tutor Details, please contact me, Dr Shirley Cooper directly at Shirley.Cooper@liverpool.ac.uk.

Payment: is at Grade 4 , point 14 for an average of 3.5 hours per week.

Applications: To apply for this position, please send a CV and covering letter to Dr Shirley Cooper Shirley.Cooper@liverpool.ac.uk by the end of 8th January 2018. The covering letter should describe your interest in this post and what you think you can bring to this course.

Start 2018 by enhancing your presentation skills

In January, we are we offering some new workshops to help you develop your presentations skills in the New Year, as well as the return of our ‘Delivering Academic Presentations’ workshop.

Delivering Academic Presentations 

 This half-day session offers a form of group coaching session using video in a supportive and friendly environment to help you recognise your strengths in your presentations, and identify ways to improve. The session will focus on presenting research in the context of your own research area.

18 Jan    13:00 – 16:00                  25 Jan         13:00 – 16:00

Further dates are offered in February and March.

Prepare and Deliver your Elevator Pitch

This combined webinar and practical session will help you explain your research and wider interests to new people in a short ‘Elevator Pitch’ format.

In the webinar, we discuss how to create an effective elevator pitch for different occasions, to assess what you need to communicate, what others will want to hear and how reduce the use of technical language.

The workshop will give you time and space to practise pitching your research to a friendly and supporting peer group. You will be able to gain feedback from your peers and develop a successful elevator pitch that you can use for networking.

Webinar: Presentations – Preparing an Elevator Pitch              17 Jan 2018 12:30 -13:30

Presentations: Delivering an Elevator Pitch                 24 Jan       13:00 – 15:00

Learn and practise the Pecha Kucha method for delivering presentations

Are you looking for more innovative ways to present your research? Pecha Kucha is a popular presentation format that involves delivering a talk using 20 slides, which display for 20 seconds each.

Join us for an opportunity to learn and practise delivering a Pecha Kucha presentation within a friendly and supportive environment. This session provides the opportunity to help you be more concise in your delivery and more effective in storytelling and using slides.

Presentations: Pecha Kucha                             31 Jan              13:00 – 15:00

See the LDC Development Timetable for a list of all LDC Development Programme events available for booking. We expect to announce further workshops and webinars for February and March early in 2018.

Communicating your research online – new courses/events for January

Do you want to further develop and enhance your writing and other communication skills? Are you interested in sharing your research online, in blogs or Newsletter articles or using Twitter as a form of research communication? The following online courses and webinar can help you start:

Communicating Research in the Sciences Online 22 Jan – 02 April
Communicating Research in the Humanities & Social Sciences Online 22 Jan – 02 April

These two ten week courses offer a supportive and encouraging forum with a range of discussion topics including writing and presentation skills to help you develop wider research skills.  In participating in these courses  you will:

  • Gain practice in writing and communicating the essence of your research to others, and so review and share ideas for your research project (Writing in different ways can often help you think differently about the topics)
  • Enjoy the benefits of feedback from those outside your field of research, who may offer a new angle to your research,
  • Learn of the different areas of research in the University. See also how others present their research and write differently, their styles, their approaches …
  • Engage and gain direct experience of the Peer review process.
  • Engage in online discussions on methods of writing, referencing, publications …
  • Gain confidence from finding others who are interested in your research!

Please choose the course that best fits your research focus.and follow the links in the course titles for further details and registration.

Using Twitter for Academic Purposes   22nd January 12.30-1.30pm

This webinar is designed for researchers who are new to Twitter, as well as those who are already on Twitter to help them explore how they might use Twitter with their research.

And if you’re struggling to start your writing see,

Overcoming Writer’s Block  – 24 Jan 14:00 – 17:00

Or see the LDC Development Timetable for a full list of all events available for booking.

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.