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

**Important Information for Academic Presentations workshop for HSS and Presenting for Public Engagement Workshop

As you may be aware, we are experiencing technical issues with the booking system and are unable to access the class lists for the following workshops:

  • 8th March, 9:00-4:30, Presenting for Public Engagement
  • 9th March, 9-12, Academic Presentations for School of Law & Social Justice
  • 9th March, 13:00-16:00, Academic Presentations for Management School
  • 10th March, 09:00-12:00, Academic Presentations for the School of Arts
  • 10th March,13:00-16:00, Academic Presentations for the School of Arts

If you are booked onto one of these workshops, please consult the pre-workshop information outlined below and contact gssp@liv.ac.uk for information regarding venue.  If you have questions regarding how to prepare for the workshops, please contact:

Dr Aimee Blackledge: aeb@liv.ac.uk

Workshop preparation for the Presenting for Public Engagement


Please prepare a three-minute talk about your research using the following structure:

1. Interest– Start off with an interesting fact, statistic, quote, topical news item, historical or personal narrative about your research area.

2. Need– Inform your audience why is your research needed and why they need to know more about it

3. Title- what is the title of your thesis and why have you chosen this title?  What is your research question?

4. Range– what is the range of your research? What will you investigate and what will you not be exploring?  Why have you made those decisions?

5. Objective– what is your objective with your research and what would you like your audience to do with the information you have given them?

You may also wish to consult Chris Anderson’s article on ‘How to Give a Killer Presentation’, Harvard Business Review: https://hbr.org/2013/06/how-to-give-a-killer-presentation/

Workshop preparation for Academic Presentations for HSS Schools


 

This workshop aims to provide a friendly learning environment. To make the session work effectively please can you prepare the following before the workshop:

1)      A five-minute presentation of on your research, which may be based on the introduction to a previous research presentation.  You may use PowerPoint to accompany your talk if you feel it is appropriate.  Please remember that the workshop has a mixed audience, and five minutes is a very short time. You will not be able to present all components of a normal presentation and we suggest you focus on the introduction, possibly supplemented with one or two prominent aims of completed this research.

2)      Consider the feedback that will be most helpful to you in order to improve your presentation skills. (You may want to refer to the notes below)

Guidance notes: to help those who want to prepare for this session:

This session focuses on your presentation style, with an aim to give you direct and relevant feedback and ideas to take away to help present with more confidence in the situations that matter.

However many participants request advice to help them assess their own style. We have an online resource to offer ideas to improve your presentation style, which is found at:

http://pcwww.liv.ac.uk/~pgro/Presentations/index.htm

This resource includes The Good Presentation Video (personally I find this at quite a basic level). , but you may also like the short article,  How to Give an Academic Talk .

Ultimately you will need to decide for yourself the key attributes of a good presenter, particularly in the context of your own subject area, and we hope the session will help form your ideas in this respect. According to the article ‘How to Give an Academic Talk’ the key features in giving a good talk are:

  1. communicate your arguments and evidence
  2. persuade your audience that they are true
  3.  be interesting and entertaining

For our session, we will ask you to focus on the specific attributes:

  • Aims of the talk – want do you want to gain from the presentation and what should the audience gain?

Can you summarise your talk in a sentence of two?

Can you define three or four ideas that you want audience to take away? How are these points emphasised in any visuals?

  • Content – Does the content help support your main argument (without too many distractions) and help maintain interest?
  • Structure –       How persuasive is your structure? – Does it help present a clear argument?   (i.e. one that the audience will recall afterwards)
  • Visuals – how do these add to the communication and not distract your audience?
  • Voice – how does your speech help communicate your message and maintain interest?
    Consider rate of speech, variation of pitch and use of pauses.
  • Body language – do you give a confident impression?
    – do your gestures help your expression?
  • Audience – do you maintain eye contact?  Are you aware if the audience is still interested in your talk?

And not forgetting:

  • Try to keep calm (there are techniques we will discuss at the workshop)
  • Keep to time!

Doctoral Placements Scheme: applications now open & have your say

The Liverpool Doctoral College is introducing a pilot scheme where PGRs are invited to apply for a £500 bursary to undertake a short placement outside of academia. Students may make an application with a partner in mind and put them forward in a competitive process by 29th February 2016. Placement activity will take place from 21st March 2016 – 31st July 2016.

Placements may have many benefits. In terms of employability it is a chance to develop contacts and gain insights into an environment you may not otherwise experience, helping to shape your career path. Placement activity may also influence your current or future research gaining new skills and fresh perspectives in developing your PhD. For full details on how to apply for a LDC placement bursary may be found, please visit the following link:

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/intranet/doctoral-college/placements/pilot-placements-scheme/

More to follow

During March there will be a chance to apply for a ready formed placement opportunity for second round of applications for this competitive scheme.

Have your say on placements and our careers provision

The LDC and the PGR Development welcome your feedback on what you’d like to see embedded into University of Liverpool careers provision. Please fill out a short questionnaire, which should take no longer than 5 minutes of your time; it will be used to let us know what you’d like to see in terms of University of Liverpool placements and careers provision.  To access the questionnaire, please click on the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FLZJVX6

 

Guest blog by:

-Nicola Pugh, LDC Placements Project Officer

Webinars for Effectively Using the PGR Toolbox

Webinar: ‘Effectively Using the PGR Toolbox’

PGR Development are offering a numbers of webinars to help newly registered PGRs make effective use of the PGR Toolbox.  The following dates are open for booking:

6th October, 12:00-13:00

13th October, 12:00-13:00

16th November, 12:00-13:00

2nd December, 12:00-13:00

Webinar Description

During the webinar we expect to offer:

• A brief introduction to the Institutional requirements
• A demonstration of how to use the software in the PGR Toolbox
• A question and answer session where you can raise any queries or problem you have had using the software.

The webinar will specifically address the PGR Toolbox within Liverpool Life, including:

Record of Supervisory Meetings, including how to arrange meetings with your supervisors, set an agenda and targets, upload documents, and send Outlook appointments to your supervisors.
PGR Portfolio of Activity, including how to record your training activities, email your portfolio to your supervisor, how to print your portfolio for compiling your CV.
To attend you need only have Internet access. We will send a link to the Webinar software to all registered participants at least 15 minutes before the session starts, to allow you to test your connection.

How to book

To book your place, click on the links above or visit the Educational Development Booking web page. http://www.liv.ac.uk/cll/booking/index.htm?filter=toolbox&button=Go! and scroll down to the appropriate date.

New workshops offering essential skills for PGRs and a drop-in opportunity for networking

Are you approaching your second year and have missed attending a First Year workshop in 2014-15?
If so, do you still want the opportunity to improve your skills in self-reflection, professional development planning and gain a greater knowledge of the wider research environment?
Do you want to practise and develop your communication, collaboration, time-management and networking skills to help progress with your research career?
Are you looking for an informal opportunity to network and discuss your research with other researchers?

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PGR Development is offering two new one-day workshops and one drop-in session for PGRs in September . The one-day workshops are aimed at PGRs who are in their second year but have not had the chance to book a First Year Development Workshop, (see below *) The two workshops are complimentary, but you may book for either workshop on its own.

These workshops would be beneficial for PGRs who are interested in increasing their skills in communication, collaboration, time management, self-reflection, professional development planning, networking and understanding the wider research environment or want to practice their
networking skills.

Lunches, tea and coffee are provided for both one day workshops.
Details about the workshops are below:

1. Introduction to Professional Development for Researchers   Wednesday, 23 September, 9:15-16:30

This one-day workshop offers an induction into the research environment and your own professional development needs.  The workshop provides a number of short sessions that introduce the key skills essential to a successful PhD experience, including:
•    Project management and how to complete a PhD on time
•    Building professional research networks to progress with your research
•    Ways to build a successful relationship with your supervisor
•    Planning your professional development as a Researcher

… Further Information

2. Interdisciplinary Collaboration     Thursday, 24 September, 9:15-16:30

This one-day inter-Faculty workshop offers an experiential learning opportunity to work in collaboration with other postgraduate researchers from different disciplines in order to produce and present a research proposal for an interdisciplinary conference. The event provides an opportunity to develop skills in communication, collaboration, time management and networking in a research context.

… Further Information

3. Networking Exchange Drop-In Session    Tuesday, 29 September, 13:30-14:30

The third event is aimed at all PGRs, at any stage of their PhD, who would like the opportunity to meet and discuss their research with fellow postgraduate researchers from across the University. The session provides a friendly space for group discussions, short presentations and casual networking.

… Further Information

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*Note for second year PGRs: While PGR Development workshops will no longer be compulsory from the 1st Oct 2015, these workshops may be highly recommended in the training statements of your individual Schools/Institutes for 2015/16.   Therefore, we expect that places on these workshops will be in high demand and ask that interested PGRs book as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment.

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To Book:
Please follow the individual links above for further information and to book your place.

Booking Open for First-Year Development Workshops May-June 2015

Booking is now open for the remaining First-Year Development Workshops for this academic year, which will be delivered between the end of May and June 2015.  Please see the dates and course codes in the table below.  For further information about the workshops, pre-arrival requirements and instructions for booking a place, please visit the PGR Development website:

http://www.liv.ac.uk/pgr-development/first-year/interfaculty/

The First-Year Workshops are a formal requirement of the PGR Development Programme and you are recommended to attend one of these workshops early in your degree.


The Structure of the Workshop

During the workshop participants will work in teams to devise a novel interdisciplinary research project. Each team will write an abstract outlining the need for the project, deliver a persuasive group presentation and take part in a peer review at the end of the workshop. This workshop provides:

  • Opportunities to network with researchers from other disciplines and to learn new approaches towards your research
  • Occasions to communicate your research and ideas with peers
  • Discussions concerning the wider research environment
  • A safe and supportive environment where you can practice the skills and behaviours to enhance your research career

For further information and to see workshop activities, please visit the following webpages:

Padlet: http://padlet.com/PGRDevelopment/FYDWInformation                          Storify profile: https://storify.com/livuniPGRDev

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Date Workshop Booking Open Places Course Code
20-22 May First-Year Development Workshop yes 28 APRS012
3-5 June First-Year Development Workshop yes 28 APRS013
17-19 June First-Year Development Workshop yes 28 APRS014

If the workshop you wish to attend is fully booked, and none of the current workshop dates and times is suitable for you, please register your interest using our Expression of Interest Form.

 

Booking Open for First-Year Development Workshops 2014/15

Booking is now open for the first half of First-Year Development Workshops, which will be delivered during 2014/15.  For further information about the workshops, pre-arrival requirements and instructions for booking a place, please visit the PGR Development website:

http://www.liv.ac.uk/pgr-development/first-year/interfaculty/

The First-Year Workshops are a formal requirement of the PGR Development Programme and you are recommended to attend one of these workshops early in your degree.

The Structure of the Workshop

During the workshop participants will work in teams to devise a novel interdisciplinary research project. Each team will write an abstract outlining the need for the project, deliver a persuasive group presentation and take part in a peer review at the end of the workshop. This workshop provides:

  • Opportunities to network with researchers from other disciplines and to learn new approaches towards your research
  • Occasions to communicate your research and ideas with peers
  • Discussions concerning the wider research environment
  • A safe and supportive environment where you can practice the skills and behaviours to enhance your research career

For further information and to see workshop activities, please visit the following webpages:

Padlet: http://padlet.com/PGRDevelopment/FYDWInformation                          Storify profile: https://storify.com/livuniPGRDev

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Date Workshop Booking Open Places Course Code
24-26 September First-Year Development Workshop yes 28 APRS001
29-31 October First-Year Development Workshop yes 28 APRS002
12-14 November School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science yes 28 APRS003
26-28 November First-Year Development Workshop yes 28 APRS004
10-12 December First-Year Development Workshop yes 28 APRS005
13-16 January School of Physical Sciences yes 28 APRS006
4-6 February Humanities and Social Sciences yes 28 APRS007
18-20 February First-Year Development Workshop no 28 APRS008
11-13 March First-Year Development Workshop no 28 APRS009
15-17 April First-Year Development Workshop no 28 APRS010
6-8 May First-Year Development Workshop no 28 APRS011
20-22 May First-Year Development Workshop no 28 APRS012
3-5 June First-Year Development Workshop no 28 APRS013
17-19 June First-Year Development Workshop no 28 APRS014
         

PGR Special Event- Public Engagement in Action at the University Pop-Up Shop

PGR Development are keen to launch a new interdisciplinary public engagement forum that will link the research community with the general public across the city of Liverpool.  As an inaugural event, we have arranged for a PGR to deliver a talk at the University of Liverpool Pop-up Shop in Liverpool One. Why not take a break on Wednesday and come down to hear more about the forum and support the innovative research that is taking place at the University. The talk is for 20 minutes with an opportunity for questions and answers following. Cold drinks will be available.

Wednesday 9 July 2014

1-1.30pm

20 Manesty’s Lane (located by the Dr Marten’s and Fred Perry in Liverpool One) Map

‘A Huge Wave of Zombies is Approaching’: A study of the cultural metaphors of zombies used in audio-visual media, Jemima Cloud, Department of Music

Why is our modern culture obsessed with zombies? It was once vampires, now we are inundated with the other type of ‘undead’ . We’ll be exploring this cultural phenomenon and asking questions about what zombies mean to our modern culture, what they suggest about class, race and sexuality.


Following the talk we will be on-hand to discuss what type of forum and social events you would like to foster at the University of Liverpool. If you are interested in learning more about how public engagement can:

  •  improve the quality and impact of your research
  • build trust, understanding and collaboration with the public
  • challenge assumptions, sharpen thinking and inject energy
  • develop skills that can aid your employment and promotion prospects
  • increase your relevance to, and impact on, society
  • provide additional sources of information, knowledge and expertise
  • offer new perspectives on research
  • raise your profile as a researcher

then come along and help shape an exciting new series of events!

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Women in Science Wikipedia edit-a-thon, 13 May 2014, University of Liverpool

Date: 13 May 2014

Time: 10:45-17:00

Venue: University of Liverpool, Cancer Research UK Centre, 200 London Road, Liverpool, L3 9TA (Main entrance on Daulby Street).

Sign-up: Attendance is free, but booking is essential.  Book your place by visiting the following Eventbrite page:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-in-science-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-13-may-2014-university-of-liverpool-tickets-10871433751

If you’d like to take part remotely then please join us on Twitter at: #WISWIKI

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Do you want the chance to improve Wikipedia science coverage? Do you care about women in science? Do you want to be part of an event working with Wiki editors, university librarians and other enthusiasts and make a difference? Then sign up for our Edit-a-thon at the University of Liverpool. Working with Wikimedia UK and the Medical Research Council, the University of Liverpool are organising a Women in Science themed editing event that will take place on Tuesday 13th May 2014 in Liverpool to celebrate Women in Science.

The events are open to people who are new to Wikipedia and experienced Wikipedia editors. Female would be editors are particularly encouraged to attend.
More information about the event can be found here:

https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Women_in_Science_Wikipedia_edit-a-thon_13_May_2014_-_University_of_Liverpool

There are 30 places available at the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon workshop (10:45am – 5:00pm), at which the workshop’s representatives from Wikimedia UK will explain how Wikipedia works and be on hand to answer questions about editing and improving Wikipedia articles.

We will have access to a rich collection of printed and electronic works about women in science, including biographies and works authored by scientists; together with target articles to edit on Wikipedia. Attendees will be encouraged to work together to edit those articles, using the University’s resources and with support from University librarians. The workshop is open to people who are new to Wikipedia as well as experienced Wikipedia editors.

In addition we are pleased to announce that there are 90 places available for an evening Women in Science reception and panel discussion (5:00 – 7:30pm) including a talk by Professor Dame Julia Higgins, who will be accompanied on the panel by Professor Sue Wray, Professor Tara Shears, Professor Ian Greer, Prof. Jude Robinson and two MRC Fellows, Dr Lauren Walker and Dr Sarah Skeoch.

Come along to discuss how women can be better represented in science and hear how female scientists’ careers have flourished.

– Programme
Exhibition Room of the Cancer Research Centre, University of Liverpool
10:45 – 11:05: Arrivals (Tea/Coffee)
11:05 – 11:15: Opening address/welcome (Munir Pirmohamed)
11:15 – 12:45: Training session (Lead by Wikimedia Volunteers)
12:45 – 13:30: Lunch (Provided)
13:30 – 17:00: Editing supported by Wikimedia Volunteers and University of Liverpool Librarians
‘Editors’ will join a larger audience, either in the Lecture Theatre of the Cancer Research Centre or in the Legate Theatre of the Victoria Gallery and Museum dependent on numbers
17:00 – 17:45: Reception/canapés
17:45 – 17:50: Audience moves into lecture theatre
17:50 – 18:00: Welcoming Address (Ian Greer – tbc)
18:00 – 18:25: Key note talk (Dame Julia Higgins)
18:25 – 19:25: Panel discussion/audience debate (Dame Julia Higgins, Prof Sue Wray, Prof Tara Shears, Ian Greer (TBC), Dr Lauren Walker and Dr Sarah Skeoch
19:25 – 19:30: Close

Part-Time Researcher Workshop

 

Date: 27 February 2014

Time: 9:30-16:00

Venue: 126 Mount Pleasant

In partnership with Vitae Northwest Hub, PGR Development are offering a workshop that has been especially designed for part-time researchers.  It will provide you with an opportunity to meet other part-time students, understand the part-time experience and also provide you with the following skills workshops:

  • Getting the best from a part-time supervisor
  • Planning      to manage your time

A typical programme for a day’s session:

09.30 Arrival   and networking
10.00 Welcome
10:05 Part-time   researcher success stories
10:15 Getting   to know you & objective setting
10.40 The   ethos and process of part-time research
11.15 Break
11.30 Skills   session 1: Getting the best from a part-time supervisor
13.00 Lunch
13.40 Introduction   to the afternoon
13.45 Skills   session 2 – Planning to manage your time
15.15 Break
15.25 Objectives   review
15.40 Action   planning
15.50 Q&A
16.00 Close

For further information visit: http://www.vitae.ac.uk/policy-practice/916-655481/Part-time-Researcher-Workshop.html

Places are limited so book your place as soon as possible, please fill out the form on the following webpage:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=sharing&formkey=dDZweURmcTZYZmY1T2dMVUg0Mi1yRkE6MA#gid=0