Postgraduate Researcher Week 9-13 October 2017

Join us for a week of bespoke workshops and wider events for both new and more advanced researchers.

Full Programme


New Researchers

Postgraduate Researcher Week offers a wide range of events that serve as a welcome for new researchers and aim to help you learn more about the training and development opportunities available to you as a postgraduate researcher at the University of Liverpool.

The LDC Development Team is offering the following events for new researchers:

Taking Ownership of your PhD –  10th  Oct,    12th  Oct

This one-day workshop offers new researchers the opportunity to explore how to take ownership of the PhD. Through discussions and activities, you will identify the milestones and planning processes involved in pursuing a PhD and learn how to successfully work with your supervisor. You will also have an opportunity to introduce your research to fellow researchers and plan personal objectives in order to achieve your longer-term professional ambitions.

Webinar: Effectively Using PGR Toolbox  – 11th Oct 1pm
This lunch-time webinar aims to help new PGRs make effective use of the PGR Toolbox in Liverpool Life.  We will provide an overview of the key systems and processes and step-by-step instructions with a live demonstration.  There will be time for questions and answers throughout the webinar.

Solving the Challenges of Part-Time Research- 13 Oct-14.00-15.00– This workshop is open to all part-time researchers and offers the opportunity to share your experiences and explore potential solutions to any problems you are facing.

For more Advanced Researchers

There are a variety of sessions running during the week including, Your Thesis: why you should start your writing now!, Planning your Final Year, Thesis writing afternoon and Viva Survivor.  There are also several careers oriented events for those considering their future after their PhD.

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.

Webinar: Effectively Using the PGR Toolbox – 8th Sept

8th Sept 2015 — 12 – 1pm (approx)
+ further dates to be announced soon

You will need to book a place through the Educational Development Booking web page:

http://www.liv.ac.uk/cll/booking/index.htm?filter=toolbox&button=Go!

PGR Development are offering a webinar to help newly registered PGRs make effective use of the PGR Toolbox. During the workshop we expect to offer:

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

The webinar will specifically address:

  • PGR Toolbox within Liverpool Life
  • 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.

To book your place, 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.

Webinar: Effectively Using the PGR Toolbox – 29th Jan and 4th March

29th Jan and 4th March — 12 – 1pm (approx)

You will need to book a place through the Educational Development Booking web page:

http://www.liv.ac.uk/cll/booking/index.htm?filter=toolbox&button=Go!

PGR Development are offering a webinar to help newly registered PGRs make effective use of the PGR Toolbox. During the workshop we expect to offer:

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

The webinar will specifically address:

  • PGR Toolbox within Liverpool Life
  • 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 30 minutes before the session starts, to allow you to test your connection.

To book your place, visit the Educational Development Booking web page. http://www.liv.ac.uk/cll/booking/ and scroll down to the appropriate date.
(Or follow the links in the top section)

Webinar: Effectively Using the PGR Toolbox – 22nd Oct and 17th Nov

22nd Oct and 17th Nov — 12 – 1pm (approx)

You will need to book a place through the Educational Development Booking web page. http://www.liv.ac.uk/cll/booking/ or follow the links:

  22nd Oct 17th Nov

PGR Development are offering a webinar to help newly registered PGRs make effective use of the PGR Toolbox. During the workshop we expect to offer:

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

The webinar will specifically address:

  • PGR Toolbox within Liverpool Life
  • 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 30 minutes before the session starts, to allow you to test your connection.

To book your place, visit the Educational Development Booking web page. http://www.liv.ac.uk/cll/booking/ and scroll down to the appropriate date.
(Or follow the links in the top section)

This workshop is for Postgraduate Research students, including staff who are also PGR students.

Webinar: Effectively Using the PGR Toolbox

We are now offering two further dates for this webinar:

8th Oct and 22nd Oct — 12 – 1pm (approx)

To book a place: visit the Educational Development Booking web page. http://www.liv.ac.uk/cll/booking/

PGR Development are offering a webinar to help newly registered PGRs make effective use of the PGR Toolbox. During the workshop we expect to offer:

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

The webinar will specifically address:

  • PGR Toolbox within Liverpool Life
  • 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 30 minutes before the session starts, to allow you to test your connection.

To book your place, visit the Educational Development Booking web page. http://www.liv.ac.uk/cll/booking/ and scroll down to the appropriate date.

This workshop is for Postgraduate Research students, including staff who are also PGR students.

Improvements to the PGR Toolbox

We are pleased to announce a number of improvements to the PGR Toolbox, following a survey on the PGR toolbox last spring and a subsequent meeting with PGR representatives in which we established a priority order for requested improvements. Computing services have now implemented  the following changes:

  • Inclusion of Whole supervisory team to meet Institutional requirements
  • Removal of the very restrictive character limit in the forms
  • Removal of the restriction on adding meetings out of sequence – However, please note the official policy is for you to maintain this record throughout  the year
  • The provision of views of the Portfolio of Activity for a selected date range and to allow more options for listing activities

The incorporation of the PGR Toolbox software into Liverpool Life should also have both improved access and offers an easier route to keep up to date with activities in PGR Development.

We hope the changes will make the software easier to use. If you have further suggestions, or if you are still encountering errors using the Record of Supervisory Meetings or the PGR Portfolio of Activity, please contact PGR development at pgro@liv.ac.uk.

New FAQs: Through the new Code of Practice, the University has implemented changes to the requirements for recording Supervisory meetings from 1st Sept. We have been working with the PGR Student Team to provide new FAQs to help address many common queries:

PGR Portfolio of activity: We now have two new guides on using the PGR Toolbox to help you use the Portfolio of Activity to prepare for your future career:

Further toolbox guides are available on our website: http://www.liv.ac.uk/pgr-development/further-development/toolbox/

 

PGR Development

New portal for spider – new location for PGR Toolbox – 2nd Sept 2013

GR Toolbox  in Liverpool Life

View of the new PGR Toolbox page in Liverpool Life

On 2nd Sept 2013 “Liverpool Life”  will replace the SPIDER Student Web portal.

Liverpool Life will provide access to all components of the current PGR Toolbox: the Record of Supervisory Meetings, the PGR Portfolio of Activity and the Record of Formal Training.

The URL for the new portal is

liverpool-life.liv.ac.uk   – log in using your normal username and password

(From 2nd Sept 2013, you will be re-directed here from the Spider login)

>> Further  information about Liverpool Life   (Student Administration website)

Once logged in, the PGR Toolbox should appear in the tabs near the top of the screen.

>> Guide to the new layout for the PGR Toolbox in Liverpool Life

Liverpool Life provides a user-friendly interface to access student records and the PGR Toolbox applications. The information is targeted to help users see only the information most directly relevant to their student status.

Only MPhil/PhD/MD/DDSC students can view the PGR Toolbox.

Within the tabbed pages of Liverpool Life, the information is separated into a display of small windows.

The Record of Supervisory meetings should always be visible in the centre top of the PGR Toolbox page. Other windows on the page will appear according to whether you are a new student, a full or part-time student or if you have submission pending status.

Further notes

This new interface serves to give access to the existing PGR Toolbox software provided in spider.

Following your feedback in the survey in February/March, we have been in discussion with Computing Services to implement a number of improvements and bug fixes, which include increasing the character count in input fields and, for the Portfolio of Activity, there is a fix to problems relating to editing items and improvements to the order of records. Further work is in progress.

Report on PGR Toolbox Survey February-April 2013

Thank you to all of you who completed this survey. The aim of this survey was to gain information on how PGRs use this software and to learn of any specific problems with the software that we needed to address. Your comments have provided useful feedback that we will use to help inform future development of this software and informed us of bugs that have been passed to CSD.

We had completed forms from 159 respondents and the results can be viewed in the documents below (UoL password required).

Summary Report
All written responses

What is happening Now:

Bug fixes: A number of bugs have now been solved, including an issue with dates in the Portfolio of Activity that we were unaware of.

The ‘save’ facility in the post-meeting record should now work without any loss of text.

However, while the survey suggested that a number of PGRs have problems with the Outlook facility in the Record of Supervisory meetings, we do not have sufficient information to report this onto CSD, but would be happy to pursue these problems if you contact us at pgro@liv.ac.uk.

Character count issue in the Post-meeting record: CSD have now increased the word length for components of the Post-meeting record to make this 1000 characters for most fields and 4000 characters for the final section, which you may use as a general meeting report if the other parts do not meet your needs.
The layout of these fields has also been improved in the emails and should display line breaks correctly.

New Guidance notes:  Many respondents requested more advice on using the software, particularly for the new Portfolio of Activity. Other comments implied a confusion over the requirements or seemed unsure of features currently  implemented in the software. Consequently, we have now created new 1 page help notes that supplement the videos and information on web-pages and which hopefully will clarify many issues:

Record of Supervisory Meetings
PGR Portfolio of Activity
Record of Formal Training.

Spider Portal:  A new portal for spider is in preparation by CSD that we hope will be released in Aug-September. The portal will provide a more modern interface for spider and make the components with spider easier to navigate. Significantly there will be a direct link to the PGR Toolbox on the list of tabs on the opening page.

The new portal will also include a new design/interface for the toolbox, which should will includes news and information sections, through links to directly relevant web-pages or recent blog posts, in addition to the required access to the key components currently in the PGR Toolbox.

Ongoing work: We expect to progress on further issues for the coming year. We are in dialogue with CSD to  allow meetings to be recorded with the ‘Whole supervisory team’, although we do not expect this to be available before June 2013. We will also be reviewing the need to enter supervisory meetings chronologically since this is proving an issue for many PGRs.

If you have any further questions, or want to report bugs in the software, please contact  PGR Development at  pgro@liv.ac.uk.

NEW Training Workshops: ‘Effectively Using the PGR Toolbox’

PGR Development will be providing training workshops for using the new PGR Toolbox during February and March. During the workshop we will explore how to use the:

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.

PGR Record of Formal Training, including how to determine whether you have met your training requirements.

Date Time Location
26 February 11:00-12:00 G. 07 in 126   Mount Pleasant
18 March 14:00-15:00 G. 07 in 126   Mount Pleasant

The session will take place in Training Room G.07, in 126 Mount Pleasant, building number 114 (grid reference C4) on the University Campus Map. G.07 is located on the ground floor. From the main door to the building, go through the first internal door and G.07 is the room directly opposite you.

To book your place, visit the Educational Development Booking web page. http://www.liv.ac.uk/cll/booking/ and scroll down to the appropriate date.