Write that Thesis!

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

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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

New PhD ‘Survival’ and ‘What Next?’ Video

The LDC Development team has recently purchased two new videos, each about 30 minutes long which will be of interest to all postgraduate researchers in the University and covers two relevant topics related to PhD survival and preparing for your future career.

‘The PhD Survival Video discusses how the stress and pressure of a PhD can be made manageable and features drama scenes and interviews with doctoral candidates, supervisors and counsellors, to illustrate the potential problems and solutions.

The new video offers practical advice for dealing with common problems and surviving, including self-help strategies for doctoral students, what they should and should not expect from supervisors when they are struggling, the support they should find in their institutions to help them get through their degree.

>> View ‘The PhD Survival Video’

This video supplements further resources in our online section, with information relevant to the University of Liverpool:

Managing the Supervisory Relationship

We still have places on the following workshops that may also be of interest:

4th July   Dealing with Change and Uncertainty  09.15 – 16.30 Delivered by David Wilkinson

5th July The Fear  Course 09.15 – 16.30 Delivered by David Wilkinson

The ‘What Next?’ Video offers practical advice to help postgraduate researchers improve their employability. The video features  drama scenes, expert interviews and documentary case studies to illustrate the options for a successful PhD candidate, which  include a young academic, someone employed outside academia, and someone who has started his own business.

Specific topics  include: expanding your skill set and developing your CV; identifying your transferable skills; thinking outside the academic box and finding good careers advice

>> View the The ‘What Next?’ Video’

This video supplements our wider Careers resources, Career Management Skills

We have the following 4 session group coaching sessions that may also be of interest to those planning their future:

11, 13, 18 & 20 July – The next Step: Using your personality to work out the way forward 

13:15 – 14.45 (1.5 hrs each session) Delivered by Dr Daniel Holden, D2U Coaching the Department of Chemistry,

 

The above videos supplement the videos previously purchased,  The Good Viva video and  The Good Presentation video

LDC Development Team

Postgraduate Researcher Week 26-30 June 2017

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/intranet/doctoral-college/researcher-week/

Postgraduate Researcher Week will be taking place 26-30 June 2017. This is a University wide event and other activities may be offered in your School/Institute.

A variety of sessions will be running throughout the week including advice and guidance from the Liverpool Doctoral College Development team, training sessions as well as networking events and social activities.

logo for Researcher weekPostgraduate Researcher Week is the ideal opportunity for you to meet up with other research students from across campus and share your experiences, whilst learning more about the training and development opportunities available to you as a postgraduate researcher at the University of Liverpool.

To view the schedule of activity please visit:   https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/intranet/doctoral-college/researcher-week/

Facing and managing your future & managing your anxiety

New workshops for July in the LDC Development Team programme

Are you unsure about your longer term future for your work or career? Or are you just struggling to manage change and uncertainties in your research work or looking for ways to manage your anxiety in giving presentations?

To end this academic year, we are offering places at specialist workshops to help researchers manage these type of issues. Click the title for further details and to book a place.

4th July   Dealing with Change and Uncertainty  09.15 – 16.30

David Wilkinson is delivering a one-day workshop on Dealing with Uncertainty and Change. In this workshop, he will take you through the structures underpinning all change and uncertainty, help you to develop a positive ‘can do’ attitude and learn to be resilient, ‘in control’ and able to find the opportunities in situations of uncertainty.

5th July The Fear  Course 09.15 – 16.30

We also have the return of the highly recommended one-day FEAR course, also given by David Wilkinson that will to help you overcome anxiety before delivering presentations, deal positively with and regulate your own feelings and emotions with ease.

11, 13, 18 & 20 July – The next Step: Using your personality to work out the way forward

13:15 – 14.45 (1.5 hrs each session)
This is a new four-session coaching course to help you move forward in your work and your longer term career.

This course is delivered by Dr Daniel Holden, D2U Coaching the Department of Chemistry, and is  based on DISC, a behavioural assessment tool that centres on four different behavioural traits: dominance, inducement, submission, and compliance. You will complete a DISC profile as part of the course and will use this analysis to assess your own personality, how it affects your work and communication with others, and build  understanding to move forward with your personal aspirations

Further workshops

Finally, we still have some places on the workshops around writing and publication, academic careers and social media given by Dr Jen Allanson, for registration and further details follow the links below:

15 Jun 09.30 – 12.30 Building a Successful Academic Career
15 Jun 13.30 – 16.30 The Online Researcher – An introduction to social media
27 Jun 09.30 – 12.30 Writing a Scientific Article

LDC Development Team

Developing your research profile – new workshops for June

The LDC Development team has arranged a series of half day workshops in June, which are now open for booking. These workshops focus on different aspects of academic life, from writing and publishing through to developing an online profile and building an academic career and will be delivered by a popular external presenter, Dr Jen Allanson.

The four workshops are as follows,

15 Jun 09.30 – 12.30 Building a Successful Academic Career
15 Jun 13.30 – 16.30 The Online Researcher – An introduction to social media
27 Jun 09.30 – 12.30 Writing a Scientific Article
27 Jun 13.30 – 16.30 Getting your Work Published

For further details follow the links or see the summaries below. For further workshops on careers and research writing see the LDC Development programme tmetable.

Building a Successful Academic Career    15 Jun 09.30 – 12.30

The number of PhDs graduating worldwide is increasing every year. With more competition for academic positions, it’s more important than ever to stand out. The aim of the workshop is to develop your future-focus and to encourage you to plan and position yourself for a successful career in academia (and beyond). By the end of the workshop you will understand what you need to do now in order to position yourself for success.

The Online Researcher – An introduction to social media   15 Jun 13.30 – 16.30

In our super-connected world you are only ever a Google search away from any other connected party. But when people search for you what will they find? Is your current online presence in service of your objectives and a true representation of who you are? Or do you need to do some online presence management?

In this short course you’ll be invited to consider all aspects of your online self. We’ll look at popular social networking tools and professional networking sites and discuss how these contribute to your online researcher presence. We’ll also look at issues of privacy and access as well as good data management practices.

Writing a Scientific Article   27 Jun 09.30 – 12.30

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 look at a range of issues around Scientific writing from analysing the purpose of writing scientific articles, understand when your work ready for publication, through to writing the abstract, structuring your argument and considering how to incorporate the work of others in your article.

Getting your Work Published 27 Jun 13.30 – 16.30

Dissemination of research output is a crucial component of your research career. 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.

Development and careers events offered in May 2017


The LDC Development team are pleased to announce the opening of booking for our workshops in May.

All workshops are listed in our online  catalogue, with links for further details and booking. The offering includes new dates for many popular workshops offered earlier this year, including

  • The five half day careers workshops to help those preparing for their future, together with two related webinars. These are delivered by external careers consultants.
  • Full day workshops on ‘Design Thinking’ and ‘Preparing Proposals’, which will help you refresh your view on your research projects and present these to others.
  • The full series of ‘Byte-size’ Thesis writing workshops to make progress with your writing
  • The short workshop on ‘Preparing Poster Presentations’ for those preparing their first poster.
  • Further webinars on research writing, to exchange ideas with others in an online environment.
  • Two further opportunities to develop your presentation skills in our videoed sessions of ‘Delivering Academic Presentations’

Please see our full catalogue for dates and all further details.

Upcoming opportunities to help prepare for your future Career

There are several workshops and webinars coming up for those thinking about their long-term future, what they might want to do after their PhD and how to prepare for this.

PGR Development programme

Please click each title for further details and the booking form.

02 MAR 09.15 – 12.30     Making Academic Applications
21 MAR, 12:30- 13:30 Webinar: PGR Careers: Considering freelance and consultancy work?   Delivered by Denise Chiltern, Careers & Employability  NEW EVENT!
25 APR 6 week online course      APRC102 – Career Development Online Portfolio.

Note: we will be repeating two of the webinars offered earlier this year, Cvs & applications on the 4th May    and Networking on the 18th May.  Booking is expected to open in April

See out programme time-table for furthr events

LDC Researcher Week

There are a number of Careers related sessions on offer including:

Weds 22 MAR 3-4pm
Alummni Lecture – Dr Timothy McCarthy on his career path since undertaking his PhD at Liverpool – ‘From Chemistry to Biomarkers, via Positrons: my journey since leaving Liverpool’   Details and registration
Thurs 23 MAR   10-11am
Career Concept Building: Creating your own Career Concept  Details and registration
Fri 24 MAR   2-3pm
Starting Up!: An Introduction to Enterprise Session  Details and registration

See the full list of events on the LDC intranet website.

Careers & employability Service – upcoming events

30 minute guide to improving your CV session:
21st February 12.15pm22nd March  1.15pm

Careers fair:  22nd March

Enterprise Programme:  If you have a business idea and are looking for support, interested in self-employment as a career option, or wanting to develop your enterprise skills then our Enterprise Programme is for you. The 2 – 3 hour sessions on Wednesday afternoons provide practical information and advice on working for yourself.  All sessions are facilitated by people from the local business community who all have started businesses so can talk from experience. Each session is stand-alone so you can pick and choose which sessions to attend.

See all Careers & employability Service events

Postgraduate Researcher Week – 20-24 March

Following the success of the October Postgraduate Researcher week, in which there were over 1000 attendees, the Liverpool Doctoral College will be hosting its fifth Postgraduate Researcher Week during 20-24 March.

Advice, Networking,  Development and  Careers

Development session, Oct 2016

Development session, Oct 2016

Postgraduate Researcher Week offers an ideal opportunity to meet up with other research students from across campus and share your experiences, whilst learning more about the training and development opportunities available to you as a PGR student at the University of Liverpool.

A variety of sessions will be running throughout the week including advice and guidance from the LDC Development team and Liverpool Guild of Students, training sessions as well as networking events and social activities.

There is also a talk from alumnus Dr Timothy McCarthy (BSc (Hons) Chemistry 1996, PhD Chemistry 1989) the Senior Director and Head of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases Molecular Medicine, Global R&D at Pfizer, on his career and advice to PGR students.

Click here to view the schedule of activity and book onto the events

Development Opportunities for part-time and off-site researchers 2017

There are several parts of the development programme that are particularly suitable for part-time or offsite post-graduate researchers. This includes the upcoming workshop:

Managing Your PhD Part-Time 01 MAR 09.15 – 16.30

This one-day workshop designed specifically for newer part-time postgraduate researchers and includes  sessions covering time management, motivation and managing the supervisory relationship. (To register, follow the link)

Webinars

For those unable to attend sessions on campus, there is online provision through webinars and online courses. Our upcoming webinar series includes:

13 FEB 12:30-13:30 Webinar – Research Writing: communicating your research effectively
20 FEB 12.30 – 13.30 Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations 1; defining your message
22 FEB 12.30 – 13.30 Webinar: Effectively Using PGR Toolbox
27 FEB 12.30 – 13.30 Webinar: Project Management for PhD Researchers – an Introduction
06 MAR 12.30 – 13.30 Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations 2

Online Courses

This is the last call for the online courses, Communicating Research in Humanities and Social Sciences Online and Communicating Research in Sciences Online, which were developied originally to offer networking,advice and discussion areas for post-graduate researchers based off campus. for further details and booking see:

Please note, booking will remain open until February 6th, but please email me directly at shirley.cooper@liverpool.ac.uk if you book late to gain access to the courses in Vocal.

Further resources

We offer a range of online resources that are available to all PGR Researchers at the University of Liverpool. These can be accessed from Liverpool Life or from our website at

http://pcwww.liv.ac.uk/~pgro/Online%20Resources.htm

The Brilliant Club – Information event – Weds 18th January

The Brilliant Club Placements: A meaningful, paid opportunity for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to teach their own research!

 Next Information event:   Wednesday 18th January, Careers & Employability Service

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small tutorial groups of high-performing pupils in schools that serve communities with a low participation rate in Higher Education.

Over the course of the academic year 2015-2016 we placed almost 400 researchers to work in schools across London, the South East, the Midlands, the North East and North West of England, where they worked with over 8000 high performing pupils.

Tutors are placed in a school to work with two groups of four or six high-performing pupils, delivering a series of tutorials that takes them beyond the curriculum and help to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition necessary to secure places at top universities. Tutors will be supported by a training programme consisting of two full-day sessions and will accompany their pupils on a university trip, which will include their introductory tutorial.

In addition to earning £450 per placement, successful candidates will gain valuable teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of the UK education system and develop a programme of tutorials drawing on elements of their own research with a chance to disseminate it to a non-expert audience. As well as this, they will also join a cohort of like-minded researchers who are interested in widening access to highly-selective universities.

The Brilliant Club will be running an information event where doctoral and post-doctoral researchers can find out more:

  • Wednesday 18th January, Careers & Employability Service, first floor of the Student Services Centre, 150 Mount Pleasant, L69 3GD, 16:00-17:00

If you are unable to attend but would like to find out more, please visit our website where you can a video including past PhD Tutors:  http://www.thebrilliantclub.org/the-brilliant-club-for-researchers/get-involved/

Applications have now opened for the summer term placements and early applications are encouraged.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to email us at apply@thebrilliantclub.org.