Writing for publication with Jen Allanson

Writing a Scientific Article – May 7th – 9:30-12:30

Getting your Work Published – May 7th – 13:30-16:30

Many PhD students will be looking to publish their first journal paper as part of their PhD, but how to get that first paper published can be a bit of a mystery. That’s why we have invited Jen Allanson to come and deliver two workshops for us on Writing a Scientific Article and Getting your Work Published. In preparation for these workshops, we asked Jen to tell us a little bit about herself and her motivation for developing these workshops:

When I was doing my PhD, it was clear that publishing was an important part of the process. I often heard the academic mantra “Publish or Perish.” But it never resonated with me. What did inspire me to write was seeing my colleagues jet off all over the world to attend conferences. It seemed that I could travel the world, at the department’s expense, if I wrote publishable-quality papers. That motivated me!

I still remember the thrill of seeing my name in print for the first time. It was in the proceedings of Collaborative Virtual Environments 98, a small conference held in Manchester (not the jet-set life I’d envisioned, but a start). I was the 4th named author on the paper. I hadn’t written a word of it. But I had built the software that the work was based upon. Lots of influential researchers from my field were at that conference. And at coffee breaks and lunches I asked people about their work (always a good strategy) and, in turn, talked my own. I hadn’t realised how important it was to air my ideas beyond the comfort of the supervisory context. I started to gain a clearer understanding of how my ideas fit within the larger research context.

In the following 12 months I was published three more times. With each publication I grew in confidence. In my final year I got my first journal publication. The Head of Department called me into his office to congratulate me. I felt like something had changed. I didn’t feel like a student any more. And being published gave me great confidence when it came time for my viva.

Learning how to write well, and to navigate review and publication systems, has been hugely beneficial. When I applied for my first academic job, the interviewers were very interested in my publications and collaborations. And since leaving academia I’ve met amazing people and been presented with many opportunities because of these skills.

This is why I love to run the Writing for Publication events. Mastery of these core communication skills will open unimaginable doors in your future. And it gives me great pleasure to help you gain practical knowledge and insight into these important processes.

Writing a Scientific Article – May 7th – 9:30-12:30

Getting your Work Published – May 7th – 13:30-16:30

Enhance your teaching practice and gain experience in development workshops

Do you want to develop your teaching practice, gain further teaching opportunities and contribute to the University-wide development programme at Liverpool?

The Liverpool Doctoral College Development Team offer a programme of webinar and workshops to learn and practice skills in facilitation and to develop techniques to create your own development workshops. This programme is open to all postgraduate researchers at Liverpool.

This series also offers essential preparation for those who would like to join our Development Tutor Scheme and gain paid work experience teaching on the LDC Development programme.

Developing my skills as a facilitator with the LDC Development team has been very worthwhile. I’ve been able to work in a number of roles – assisting with the delivery of workshops and webinars, collaborating on the development of new programme activities, and leading my own sessions teaching other PhD students. The work has been enjoyable and my confidence in public speaking has improved a lot’. Natasha Bradley, Institute of Psychology, Health and Society.

Facilitation webinars and workshops:

Please following links for further details and registration

Webinar: Introduction to Facilitation30-Apr12:30 – 13:30
Becoming a Facilitator08-May09:30 – 12:30
Webinar: Designing Workshops14-May12:30 – 13:30
 Facilitating Workshops23-May13:00 – 15:30

Development Tutor Scheme

All postgraduate researchers at the University are invited to apply for this programme, which offers an  opportunity to:

  • Learn new skills in facilitation and how to use these skills to create your own workshops
  • Gain paid experience  delivering or assisting at LDC Development workshops and webinars
  • Shape and contribute to the development programme offered to  all PGRs at Liverpool
  • Add to your CV

 You will be paid for both delivery and preparation. This scheme is flexible, with opportunities to work at times to fit your own schedules and gain the experience most relevant to your ambitions. The scheme offers the following opportunities:

Assistance at workshops and webinars: We are looking for tutors to support the delivery of workshops, particularly ‘Taking Ownership of the PhD’  and to assist at webinars, where you can join the presenter  in delivery and share your own experiences.

Deliver your own workshops and webinars: Do you have an idea for a topic that you’d like to deliver as  a development workshop or webinar? We offer opportunities in our programme and the support and advice to help you convert your idea into practice.

Co-deliver the development of new webinars: We welcome new ideas for the webinar programme from researchers  who would like to work with us in the development and delivery of these sessions, which may then become part of our formal programme.

For further information please contact Dr Shirley Cooper, Shirley.cooper@liverpool.ac.uk

Summer writing retreats

Dates have been set for this year’s summer writing retreats. We have two retreats planned, both are two full days of dedicated writing time.

Thursday 13th – Friday 14th June & Monday 8th -Tuesday 9th July

Apply now for your place in one of the writing retreats
How much of your thesis could you get done in two days?

row of students writing
PGRs getting the thesis done at the last Summer Writing Retreat

“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.”

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

Finding time for writing can be a challenge for most writers, so many other things can take priority in the moment. The popularity of our regular mini writing retreats are evidence that PGRs are no different. The writing retreats provide protected time for writing in a supportive atmosphere, and by signing up you make yourself accountable to someone else to make sure the writing actually happens.

Our regular writing retreats are there to help you build a regular writing practice. These short sessions show you how much you can really get done in a few hours or even just a 25 minute session. Yet sometimes we really need more sustained writing time to really make progress. The occasional 25 minutes or half day here and there is great for keeping a writing project progressing, but occasionally a longer period is needed to make a big leap forward.

That is why we are hosting two 2-day writing retreats this summer: 13-14 June and 8-9 July. These will be two full days of sustained writing, with no distractions. We supply the venue, food and drink to fuel your writing and motivation to keep you going. You need to come prepared to do the writing. Think how much of your thesis you could get done in two days of solid concentration!

To apply for a place on one of these retreats, please complete the on-line application form. Spaces are limited so priority will be given to those who have a clear plan for the writing they will accomplish during the retreat.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 20th May
Please note that no late applications will be accepted!
Applicants will be notified of the outcome during week of 27 May.

Looking for new ways to communicate your research and develop your Presentation skills?

Successfully communicating your research is an essential skill for all researchers. You will have many occasions to inform others of your research, whether in writing, presentations or in networking with other researchers, particularly at conferences. You may also want to inform others outside your discipline. Exploring different ways to convey the information can also affect how you view your own research.

Here are some upcoming opportunities in the LDC Development Programme to explore new ways to communicate your research:

Communicating your Research through Storytelling  28-Mar  13:00 – 16:00                       

Storytelling is a powerful and effective method for engaging with your audience. This fun and interactive session will provide practice in discussing details about your research and research aims and help you to articulate the core essence of your research to a wider multi-disciplinary audience.

Webinar: Presentations – Preparing an ‘Elevator pitch’   1st  Apr   12:30 – 13:30         

A good ‘elevator’ pitch will help you communicate your research in a  concise manner, to help you network at conferences or when meeting potential future employers.  In this webinar we will discuss approaches to help you prepare a convincing pitch.

Delivering Academic Presentations – new dates

This half day small group session offers practise in presentation delivery to a friendly interdisciplinary audience in a supportive and friendly environment. You will have an opportunity to view your own performance and gain constructive feedback through a facilitated discussion.

We are now offering further dates in April, for those preparing for conferences or University presentations in late April or May, since there was a great demand for the dates offered in January  – March.

Delivering Academic Presentations                            3-Apr          09:30 – 12:30

Delivering Academic Presentations                            11-Apr        13:00 – 16:00

Delivering Academic Presentations                            16-Apr        13:00 – 16:00

Delivering Academic Presentations                            25-Apr        13:00 – 16:00

NB These are repeated sessions – please select only one date!

Online Resources

If you are unable to attend these events, but still looking for new ideas to development your presentations, you may be interested in our online resources on Presentation Skills.

Are you planning for your future? Are you a ‘career-wise’ researcher?

When did you last take some quality time to think about you,  your future and your future career? Some decisions can be left until later in your PhD, but some essential planning is best started as early as possible.

The Career Wise Researcher 21st March 09:15 – 12:30

This workshop, delivered by an experienced Careers consultant, Sally Beyer, has the following 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

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

The workshop is one of a series of Careers workshops & a webinar on offer in March & April:

21-Mar 13:30 – 14:30 Webinar: Promoting yourself through networking
28-Mar 09:15 – 12:30 Networking for your Career
04-Apr 09:15 – 12:30 Shining at Interview
11-Apr 09:15 – 12:30 Get that Academic Job!

Online Resources

The LDC Development programme also includes a range of career resources that supplement this programme:

·  30 min video: The ‘What Next?’ Video

·  Online resource linking to specialised subject and career information: Career Management Skills

Peers for PhDs Meeting, 12th March 5pm

Recognising the signs of poor Mental Health

Tue, 12th March, 2019   5 – 7 PM

Taylor Room, Sidney Jones Library

Lorna Bryant presents Peers for PhDs – March Session – Recognising the signs of poor Mental Health

Peers for PhDs is a group for PhD students at the University of Liverpool. We host regular peer-led support sessions with a different theme each month – instead of facing common PhD challenges in isolation, we can learn from each other and find ways to get the most out of the PhD journey. This month the theme is ‘Recognising the signs of poor Mental Health’.

Open to all Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Liverpool!

If you cannot attend on Tuesday, but would like further information about this group, please contact Lorna Bryant.

PGR Researcher week: This event is one of many events on offer in PGR Researcher week – full timetable

Are you ready for the next stage in your career?

There are several workshops offered in the next month to help you prepare for your career at the end of the PhD. All those listed here below specifically for postgraduate researchers.

PGR ‘Career Ready’ Bootcamp  Thu, 14 March 2019, 09:15 – 16:00

Sally Beyer, PGR Careers Consultant

This one-day interactive workshop is aimed 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.

This workshop will help you meet the following objectives:

• 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

PGR Researcher week: Further short sessions to help you progress in your career preparation are included in PGR Researcher week:

Tuesday 12 March  15.00 – 16.00 Skills for the Future – how to market your PGR experience to potential employers
Friday 15 March  
10.00 – 11.00
How do researchers find jobs?

The LDC Development programme provides additional career workshops, and a webinar in March and April. Follow the links for further information and registration:

21-Mar 09:15 – 12:30 The Career Wise Researcher
21-Mar 13:30 – 14:30 Webinar: Promoting yourself through networking
28-Mar 09:15 – 12:30 Networking for your Career
04-Apr 09:15 – 12:30 Shining at Interview
11-Apr 09:15 – 12:30 Get that Academic Job!

Mental Health and mindfulness – two PGR-led sessions

Two events, in February and March, offer Postgraduate Researchers different forms of support for maintaining wellbeing and managing stress. These events are developed for and by PGRs. Follow the title links for further details and  to book a place:

Peers for PhDs – February Session – Protecting your Mental Health

Tue, February 19, 2019   12:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Natasha Bradley presents Peers for PhDs – February Session – Protecting your Mental Health

Peers for PhDs is a group for PhD students at the University of Liverpool. We host regular peer-led support sessions with a different theme each month – instead of facing common PhD challenges in isolation, we can learn from each other and find ways to get the most out of the PhD journey. This month the theme is ‘Protecting Your Mental Health’. We know that undertaking a PhD is risky for your mental health, but do we know what positive steps we can take to maintain wellbeing and resilience? 

Lunch is included – we have the room from 12 and will start our group discussion at 12.30.

Becoming a mindful researcher

Fri, 15 March 2019  09:30 – 12:30 GMT

Presenter: Priyanka Sakhavalkar, Institute of Translational Medicine

“It’s not stress that kills us, but our reaction to it” – Hans Selye (Father of the field of stress research)

Whether it is about getting desired results of the difficult experiment, a power presentation at the conference, or preparing for the final viva, stress is an inevitable part of a researcher’s life. Work can become demanding and we tend to lose our work-life balance.

Stress management is the necessary skill to enjoy not only research but life in general. Mindfulness is about being aware of the present moment. It’s the kind and compassionate way of acceptance of own self and life experiences. This is one of the proven scientific techniques for stress reduction and mind management that helps to produce a right response to stress.

In this workshop, we will focus on mindfulness and some techniques to achieve your best performance. Join us in finding that balance for the stressful situations in life.

Becoming a successful conference presenter

Do you dream of emulating the keynote speaker at conferences?
– To be able to enter the stage confidently and with personality …
– To deliver an entertaining talk that both expounds new ideas and presents the research clearly and concisely …
– To deliver the talk that people talk about afterwards …
– To be recognised as a competent upcoming researcher and so to promote your career opportunities…
(Or are you just hoping to get through your next presentation?)

Practice is very important, but how do you find new approaches to strengthen your performance?

The Liverpool Doctoral College Development programme includes workshops and webinars to help advance your presentation techniques, with new ideas to enhance your delivery style and practice with delivery. Other sessions will help you make best use of conferences and to overcome imposter syndrome. For an overview, see the introduction provided for the Presentations section within our Communications theme.

Upcoming events focussing on presentation skills

The programme includes two workshops to help create your presentation; the first focusses one standard academic presentation formats, while the second offers an alternative approach using creative techniques that will be particularly useful to those communicating to a multi-disciplinary audience.

19-Feb 13:00 – 16:00 Planning and preparing an effective Research Presentation (waiting list only)
28-Mar 13:00 – 16:00 Communicating your Research through Storytelling  

A further  two webinars offer advice and guidance for those preparing their presentations, in a discussion based format:

18-Mar 12:30 – 13:30 Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations 1 – defining your message
25-Mar 12:30 – 13:30 Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations 2 – delivery

 The half day workshop, ‘Delivering Academic Presentations’ offers direct practice in delivery with feedback from a small and friendly group:

13-Feb 13:00 – 16:00 Delivering Academic Presentations (waiting list only)
27-Feb 13:00 – 16:00 Delivering Academic Presentations (waiting list only)
26-Mar 09:30 – 12:30 Delivering Academic Presentations

NB These are repeated sessions – please book on only one date!

Posters and Conference Attendance

The following workshop can help you prepare your conference poster:

14-Feb 13:00 – 16:00 Preparing Poster presentations (waiting list only)
14-Mar 13:00 – 16:00 Preparing Poster presentations

A further  half-day workshop will help you prepare for networking at conferences and create a ‘pitch’ to talk confidently  about your research.

6 Mar 13:00 – 16:00 Effective Networking at Conferences

Online support

The DLC Development online resources includes  specific guidance to covering presentation skills, including an external video to support those preparing their first presentation:

The resources also include The Good Networking Video which offers excellent advice to help your Networking at conferences.

If you are looking for further opportunities to present your work outside your own discipline, why not try a Research Cafe?

Research Cafés

The next Research Café will be held on Thursday 14 February, 2-4pm in the Gilmour Room of the Liverpool Guild of Students. Research Cafes are an informal, safe space for PhD students to share their research and meet fellow early career researchers from across the University.  Presenting at the University’s Research Cafes is a great opportunity to receive feedback about any aspect of your research and to practice talking about your research to an audience outside of your discipline – an invaluable skill for researchers who want their work to have impact.    

Two speaking slots are available – please contact Sarah Roughley if you would like to take part on sarah13@liverpool.ac.uk  

To book on to attend the Research Cafe, please click here.