Booking is Now Open for all First-Year Development Workshops 2013-14

Booking is now open for all First-Year Development Workshops for the 2013-14 academic year.  To book your place, first visit our website and note the course code of your preferred workshop:

Then follow the booking instructions on our website:

The First-Year Development Workshops are a formal requirement of the PGR Development Programme and you are recommended to attend one of these workshops early in your degree, unless you are granted exemption. In order to complete the First-Year PGR Development workshop, attendance for all three days is compulsory.  Before you book onto a workshop, you should ensure that you are available for the full three-day period of the workshop.  Therefore, you are advised to consult with your supervisor before booking in order to confirm you availability on specific dates. Please also ensure that you have no other commitments when you book.  For example, you should avoid allocating time to demonstrating duties, a supervisory meeting, or running an experiment during the three-day period.

For further information please visit:

First-Year Development Workshop: Booking & Dates

Booking is now open for the First-Year Development Workshop, APRS001, which takes place on 25-27 September 2013.  If you were unable to book a place during 2012/2013, please consider booking this workshop.  Places are limited to 28, and demand for workshops is high, so book early to avoid disappointment.


We will announce when booking is open for the remainder of the workshops for the 2013/2014 on this blog.  The dates of the workshops are provided below in order to help you plan your schedules.

Code Dates Type Spaces
APRS001 25-27 September Open to all PGRs 28
APRS002 30 October-1 November Open to all PGRs 28
APRS003 13-15 November Open to all PGRs 28
APRS004 27-29 November All PGRs from the School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics   & Computer Sciences 28
APRS005 11-13 December Open to all PGRs 28
APRS006 7-10 January School of Physical Sciences 28
APRS007 22-24 January Open to all PGRs 28
APRS008 5-7 February All PGRs from the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (t.b.c.) 28
APRS009 19-21 February Open to all PGRs 28
APRS010 12-14 March Open to all PGRs 28
APRS011 26-28 March Open to all PGRs 28
APRS012 7-9 May Open to all PGRs 28
APRS014 14-16 May Open to all PGRs 28
APRS015 28-30 May Open to all PGRs 28

The First-Year Development 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 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 information on what happens during the workshop and pre-workshop tasks, please visit:

NEW Public Speaking and Communication Skills for Academics Workshop

DATE: 23rd July 2013

TIME: 10:00-17:00


PGR Development is pleased to announce that, due to popular demand, the Summer School will be running an additional session for the workshop Public Speaking and Communication Skills for Academics.

The session is hosted by Steve Clarke, a professional actor of stage, TV and film; and co-founder of Speakeasy, a London-based firm who specialise in communication training and presentation skills. Researchers are given endless instruction on how to investigate their topic and chase their academic targets, yet communicating the results of your research can often be left to chance. In an age where we all have the potential to be our own broadcasters, and when there is increasing pressure to disseminate our work to a broader audience, it has never been so important for academics to hone their communication skills.

Spaces on this workshop are limited, so book now by following the link above, or through the pages on our booking system. Tea breaks and lunch will be provided.


PGR Development – July Summer School

Staying in Liverpool over the summer? Starting, continuing or finishing your research and looking to improve it further? PGR Development is running a Summer School of events throughout July aimed at Postgraduate Researchers across all three faculties. IMGP2345a43xThere will be 18 sessions, ranging from 1 hour to a whole-day. They will cover a broad perspective of topics aimed at postgraduate researchers. From planning an initial research proposal and understanding finance applications, to publishing your finished work, Summer School sessions are ideal for PGRs at any stage in their research.

The sessions will be delivered by University of Liverpool academic staff as well as an extensive variety of external speakers and professionals, which will make for a thorough and diverse array of workshops, both in terms of content, objectives and delivery. We welcome speakers from various backgrounds, including professional training consultancies, published academics and educators in the arts, humanities and sciences, and even Broadway actors and speech delivery specialists.

The Summer School will start on 8th July, and run through until the 26th. See below for a full list of sessions and deliverers, and a link to our booking system with further, in-depth descriptions of individual session objectives and learning outcomes.

The Summer School is open to all PGRs at the University of Liverpool; but please note that places for sessions are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. This series of workshops, seminars and focus groups presents students from every discipline and research area with an excellent opportunity to further enhance your projects and professional and academic capabilities.

Summer School Events:

(Click on title to go to booking form)

Monday 8/7/13 10:30 – 13:00 Research Dissemination and KE (Dr Maria Flynn) FULL

• Tuesday 9/7/13 10:00 – 11:00 Planning and Writing a Research Proposal (Dr Paul Knox) FULL

• Wednesday 10/7/13 09:30 – 12:30 Collaboration (Dr Peter Kahn) SPACES LEFT

• Wednesday 10/7/13 14:00 – 15:00 Copyright, Open Access and Electronic Theses (Martin Wolf) SPACES LEFT

• Thursday 11/7/13 10:00 – 13:00 Principles of Research Finance (Dr Vanessa Sluming) SPACES LEFT

• Thursday 11/7/13 14:00 – 17:00 Identifying Funding Sources (Dr Vanessa Sluming) SPACES LEFT

• Monday 15/7/13 10:00 – 12:00 Structuring Argument (Dr Richard Hinchcliffe) FULL

• Monday 15/7/13 14:00 – 16:00 Time and Project Management (Dr Richard Hinchcliffe) FULL

• Tuesday 16/7/13 10:00 – 16:00 Women in Academia (Dr Aimee Blackledge) FULL

• Wednesday 17/7/13 09:30 – 12:30 Creating a Map to Research Success (Dr Nathan Ryder) FULL

• Wednesday 17/7/1313:30 – 17:00 Creativity in Research (Dr Nathan Ryder) FULL

• Thursday 18/7/13 09:00 – 12:00 Intellectual Property (Dr Charley Ward) SPACES LEFT

• Thursday 18/7/13 13:00 – 15:00 Intercultural Communication (Dr Aimee Blackledge & Dr Anna Chen) SPACES LEFT

• Monday 22/7/13 10:00 – 17:00 Public Speaking and Communication Skills for Academics (Steve Clarke – Speakeasy) FULL

• Tuesday 23/7/13 10:00 – 17:00 Public Speaking and Communication Skills for Academics (Steve Clarke – Speakeasy) BOOKING NOW OPEN – SPACES LEFT

• Tuesday 23/7/13 09:30 – 16:30 Quality Papers (Dr Pete Moore – Thinkwrite) FULL

• Wednesday 24/7/13 09:30 – 16:30 My Thesis (Dr Pete Moore – Thinkwrite) FULL

• Thursday 25/7/13 09:30 – 16:30 Writing Targeted Grants (Dr Pete Moore – Thinkwrite) FULL

• Friday 26/7/13 13:00 – 16:30 Building a Successful Academic Career (Dr Jen Allanson) FULL

Sense About Science Media Workshop – London 14th June

If you are in London on Friday the 14th of June Sense About Science will be holding a Standing up for Science media workshop at the Society of Biology. This full day event is free and for early career researchers in all sciences, engineering and medicine (PhD students, post-docs or equivalent in first job).
During the workshop Sense about Science will combine discussion about science-related controversies in media reporting with practical guidance and tips for how to deal with the media. Confirmed speakers include Dr Deirdre Hollingsworth, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Warwick and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine; and Jason Palmer, Science and Technology Reporter, BBC. Please find further information at
These workshops are very popular and places are limited. To apply send a CV and cover letter explaining your reasons for applying to Victoria Murphy
Closing date for applications is Friday 31st May.

PRES Survey: Postgraduate research students have their say (Closing date 16th May)

yesornoThe University is taking part in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) for the second time.  This is the only national survey to evaluate postgraduate research students’ experience of their programme at the University and provides a valuable opportunity for research students to comment on their time at Liverpool.

Run in partnership with the Higher Education Academy, this important national survey helps the University to improve the quality of its provision to research students, based on their feedback.  31,202 postgraduates from 102 institutions participated in the PRES 2011. The results are also used nationally to help advise policy and improve the research postgraduate experience across the sector.

The survey invites research students to feedback on a number of areas; Supervision, Resources, Research Culture, Progress and Assessment, Responsibilities, Research Skills and Professional Development.  Students are also given the chance to evaluate their experience in more depth across a number of areas.  All responses are confidential and are used at an aggregate level only in the reporting of results.

The PRES was launched on the 5th March and will close on the 16th May.  All eligible students will by now have received an email with a link to the survey from the Student Opinion Team, based in Student Recruitment and Admissions (SRAO).    Another email will be sent on Monday 18th March, again containing the link to the survey.
For further information about the PRES survey, please contact the Student Opinion Team,

Copyright and your Thesis: Seminar for PhD candidates

Research student seminar

Wednesday 17th April, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Taylor Room, Sydney Jones Library

– Do you have difficulty understanding copyright?
– Are you a PGR student pursuing a PhD, MPhil or Higher Degree?
– Have you registered with the University of Liverpool on or after 1st August, 2008?
– Are you a PGR student who wants to understand copyright or place your thesis online?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of the above questions then attendance on this course is essential.

The Copyright and your Thesis seminar provides guidance on the copyright issues you need to consider when you are preparing your PGR thesis. Ideally, you should attend this course before you start to collect your research but it will also be helpful to you if you have to attend it at a later stage.

Most PGR students are required to deposit their thesis in the University of Liverpool Research Archive (UoLRA). The UoLRA is a freely available online service. Therefore, unless you have a good reason why you need to restrict access to your thesis, it will be available worldwide. This is good for you because your thesis will be more widely available, thereby helping to raise your profile. However, it also means that you need to ensure that you request permission to use any material that you do not own so you can make your thesis available in the Research Archive.

Come to this informative course to receive guidance on what you need to consider about copyright. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. REGISTER to book your place.

This event relates to the Personal Effectiveness, Research Governance and Organisation and Engagement, Influence and Impact domains of the Researcher Development Framework.

Note that attendance at this session grants attendees exemption from component 3 of the compulsory LIBR001 / LIBR002 training modules for humanities and social sciences PhD candidates.





Northern Research Universities Survey for PGR Career Development

Dear Postgraduate Researcher,

Important Survey on PGR Careers Development

The N8 Research Partnership is a collaboration of the eight most research-intensive universities in the North of England (Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield York). The N8 aims to maximise the impact of this research base by identifying and co-ordinating powerful research teams and collaborations across the North of England.

They want to know about your career ambitions and the development opportunities you need for that all important job at the end of your studies. It’s a valuable survey as it will feedback directly to universities and industry informing them on the sort of career development opportinuties that will be of most relevance to you.

In 2012 the N8 launched the Industry Innovation Forum to create new collaborations between industry and the research base to drive innovation, competitive advantage and growth and they are now looking to expand this concept to provide leadership development and innovation and enterprise training for PhD students and post-doctoral researchers based on industry needs.
The objectives of this project are to:

  • Improve job prospects of post-graduates looking to move into industry
  • Improve understanding of business needs amongst university researchers
  • Develop closer links between industry, N8 universities, and PhD/post-doc researchers

The N8 have consulted with industry to gather their views and they are now looking to consult with PhD/post-doctoral researchers to help inform the design of the programme.  We would really appreciate it if you could spend a few minutes answering the questions in the survey found at the following link:
No personal information is collected, and the survey is anonymous. I hope to be able to report back to you on the findings of the survey along with those gathered from Industry.
Many thanks
Dr Richard Hinchcliffe

First-Year Development Workshop Places

Due to high demand, we have increased the places available for the First-Year Development Workshops in May and we will be running an additional workshop, APRS015, for this academic year.  The details of the new workshop is below:

Course Code                            Date

APRS012                                 1-3 May                   open to all PGRs

APRS014                                 15-17 May               open all PGRs

APRS015                                 29-31 May                open to all PGRs

Places on other workshops are currently full and further places will only become available through cancellations.  There is a high demand for these workshops, therefore, if you no longer require a place and are booked on a workshop, please contact as soon as possible in order to free up spaces for other PGRs.

For those planning to apply for exemption, please refrain from booking a workshop and familiarise yourself with the information on the following webpage:

For those who are part-time or working off-site, and find it difficult to schedule time to attend workshops, we also offer a First-Year Online Workshop starting in April – details of which are outlined below.  For further information on the First-Year Online Workshops see:

Course Code                       Date

APOS003                   15th April – 24th June 2013     open to all part-time and offsite PGRs