Developing your research skills? See our Webinar Programme for Autumn

This Autumn the LDC Development team are offering webinars on a range of different topics, particularly aimed at those new to research, but open to all postgraduate researchers.  In these sessions, we guidance, advice and suggestions  to help you improve your practice in these research skills.

These online  sessions all include a chat area for participants to introduce themselves, ask questions or raise concerns, but also  to share their own practice and so learn from each other!

All session should be recorded and we provide additional resources to supplement  the sessions that you can access after the event.

The events listed below are  open for booking. (Most events will be repeated in Spring 2018.)

12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Time – management for PhD researchers
– Offering a variety of approaches to help you manage your research time more effectively
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Creating your own plan of professional development
– To help you create a plan to meet your own long term goals as a researcher or for your longer term career
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Surviving the PhD
– Advice and suggestions to help you solve many problems commonly faced by new PhD researchers
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Research Writing – Maintaining motivation for your writing
– Guidance to help you develop your writing practice from creating notes to gaining good feedback.
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Research Writing: communicating your research effectively
– Advice to communicate effectively in your writing and to start writing for publication.
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations 1, defining your message
– Advice to plan and prepare a compelling presentation
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations 2, delivery
– Advice to best manage and deliver  your presentations.

In addition:

8 Nov, 29 Nov
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Effectively using the PGR Toolbox
– for those who want additional support to use this tool.

All those registered will receive an email confirmation and should check that Eventbrite is using their University email.  The web link to access these events is normally sent about half an hour before the event begins and is sent to this same email address.

Careers webinars

The above series is supplemented by two webinars delivered by an external careers consultant:

13:30 – 14:30
Webinar: Networking Skills
– Identify ways to develop your networking ability and expand your support community.
13:30 – 14:30
Webinar: Using LinkedIn to manage your career
-Explore how LinkedIn can be used to enhance your career and why you need to be on there!

See the timetable on our website for information on further workshops offered by the LDC Development team.

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

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.

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)


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 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

Booking opens for the PGR Development Programme for Autumn 2016

PGR Development are pleased to announce the time-table for Autumn 2016 for our workshops, webinars and online courses.

Timetable: You can see a chronological list of events and dates and a link to book your workshop on our website at

Please Note: The workshops ‘Taking ownership of your PhD’, ‘Introduction to the Research Environment’ and ‘Public Engagement in the Research Environment’ are intended for new PGR students and represent a re-naming of the workshops, ‘Introduction to the research Environment’ and ‘Interdisciplinary collaborations’ that were offered last year.

Highlights of the programme for this autumn include (follow links for booking):

Practical Thinking for Researchers  – Delivered by Dr Adrian West. This workshop explores at the craft of “thinking” and the different ways we can approach that systematically to be more effective thinkers

And New Careers-related webinars,

Using LinkedIn to manage your Career 3rd Nov 1:30 – 2:30 pm and
Developing Effective CVs & Applications8th Dec 1:30 – 2:30 pm

We recently announced dates for upcoming careers workshops and our online course. Please see our previous blog for further details:

Preparing for your future career – opportunities in Autumn 2016


We are also continuing and enhancing our webinar series. For further details please see the timetable for booking information.

31st Oct  Research Writing: maintaining motivation for your writing 12:30 – 13:30
7th Nov   Research Writing: communicating your research effectively  12:30 – 13:30
21st Nov    After the DNA now what? Creating your own plan of professional development  12:30 – 13:30
28th Nov    Enhancing your Research Presentations  12:30 – 13:30
5th Dec    Project Management for PhD Researchers – an Introduction  12:30 – 13:30

Academic Presentations: We  are continuing our workshops on Delivering Academic Presentations with workshop coming up on the dates, 26th Oct, 24th Nov and 8th Dec. Again view the timetable for booking information.

Finally, don’t forget, LDC Postgraduate Researcher Week, 10th -14th Oct contains many workshops and related sessions to help enhance your experience as a researcher at Liverpool.

Communicating Research and The Three Minute Thesis competition

‘Communicating Research: a multi-media online event’

the First University of Liverpool Three Minute Thesis competition

3rd  – 20th  May 2016

This event is now closed.

All members of the University and other colleagues are now invitied to visit this online event.

Access via:    


Logon: All staff can log on using their normal Uol username and password

Ask Questions: All Visitors can view the submissions and ask questions and submit feedback for emailed responses.

Vote: All registered University of Liverpool visitors can vote for their preferred submission for the combined prize for this online event. The best Three minute Thesis submissions will be invited to go forward to the competition final in June.

Audience: The event will be of interest to the full PGR community and also masters students and final year undergraduate students.

Guest access: is through the URL:

Username: pgrguest

Password: pgrguest

A Multi-media Online Event – 3rd May – 20th May – Final Call for registration

This event is an online opportunity to display your research to researchers outside your research area, or to a wider public and replaces the event offered previously as ‘Poster Day Online’.

3rd May – 20th May – open to all postgraduate researchers at Liverpool

>> Registration form**

There are two parts to this event and you may select to join either part:

1. A display of Online posters or other multi-media.

You may submit a poster in pdf form or other multi-media format, providing that these are aimed at a wider public and contain no issues of confidentiality –  see the related information on our website   >> Further Guidelines

        (This is a direct replacement for Poster Day Online offered in previous years)

2. The Three Minute Thesis competition

Can you present your research topic in three minutes with just one PowerPoint slide and no additional props?

You will need to communicate your research question, key results and conclusions in a language that can be understood by a non-specialist audience, in just three minutes. You are allowed a single Powerpoint slide.

For this online semi-finals you will need to prepare a 3 minute video of yourself presenting in front of your slide.

We can offer further guidance, practice sessions and are prepared to film your presentation for this online event.

Full guidelines and further advice are available on the PGR Development website.
>> Further information

The Online event

There will be opportunities for online discussions in both areas of the event, facilitated by email notification,  to help you interchange knowledge and experience for researchers in different fields.

** Registration is extended to 2nd May, but please contact Shirley Cooper if you register after 25th April.

Further webinars … and a new course in Facilitation

Following our recent announcement of upcoming events, we are now able to arrange booking for two further series of events, as outlined below.

New Dates in our webinars Series

We can now offer three further dates for the webinar series begun in January, with a repeat of the two sessions offered previously and a new webinar in Project management.

Please follow the links below for further details and to book a place:

  1. Webinar: Managing the research writing process   9th May 12:30 -13:30
  2. Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations   16th May 12:30 -13:30
  3. Webinar: Project Management for PhD Researchers – an Introduction 23rd May 12:30 -13:30

Please see our website for further information on this webinar series.

New course in Facilitation

This May we are piloting a new course to help participants develop their facilitation skills, for use in their teaching, their current research roles or longer term aspirations. During the sessions participants are encouraged to plan their own action plans for further development. Participation may also lead to paid roles within PGR professional development.

Please follow the links below for further details and to book a place*:

  1. Webinar: Introduction to Facilitation in the Research Environment   11th May 12:30 -13:30
  2. Facilitation methods and application   19th May  9:15 – 12:30
  3. Applying Facilitation as Professional Development    26th May 9:15 – 12:30

*Participants will need to register for each session separately, but please note that the webinar provides essential preparation for the following two half-day workshops.

We hope to be able to repeat this offering in Autumn 2016.

New webinars and workshops for 2016

In 2016 PGR Development are expanding the development programme with new workshops in presenting for public engagement, creativity and a specific workshop for part-time students, together with two new webinars that offer guidance and suggestions for your research writing and presentations.

There workshops are  open to all PGRs in the University of Liverpool. Please follow the links on the dates for further details and to book a place.

— Please note: both these webinar have been oversubscribed. We expect to offer new dates once we assess feedback from these first presentations. —

PGR: Webinar – Managing the Research Writing Process 27th January 12:30 – 13:30

This session covers the process of research writing, from the start in making notes through to the final editing stages, and is for PGRs preparing  informal reports, journal articles or working towards your thesis.

PGR: Webinar – Enhancing your Research Presentations  3rd March 12:30 – 13:30

This session considers the qualities of an effective presentation and offers advice on all stages of the process from the initial preparation stages through to delivery and the question and answer session.

PGR One-Day Workshop: Presenting for Public Engagement 

8th March 2016, 09:00-16:30 –   14th April 2016, 09:00-16:30

This one-day workshop aims to prepare you for presenting your research to the wider public. During workshop you will focus on your performance, try multiple styles of presenting and refine and deliver a three-minute talk about your research, which is aimed at a non-specialist yet educated audience.

PGR Half-Day Workshop: Managing your PhD Part-Time

10th May 2016, 13:30-16:30

This half-day workshop is designed specifically for part-time postgraduate researchers and will explore a range of topics relevant to the part-time PhD, from time-management, motivation to managing the supervisory relationship.

PGR Half-Day Workshop: Design Thinking: exploring creativity techniques for your research

17th May 2016, 13:00-17:00

This fun half-day introduction to Design Thinking explores how a creative and playful mindset can improve the research process and help to make us more innovative researchers. This workshop aims  tointroduceuseful tools and methodologies that you can immediately apply to your current research, as well as helping you think about how you plan future projects and collaborations.

Important Note: If you book a workshop, please record this in your diary/calendar and  cancel the booking if you can no longer attend. This will allow other PGRs to attend in your place. You can cancel your own bookings at Many workshops are delivered by external providers at a cost to PGR Development and other workshops involve considerable effort from presenters and catering costs that cannot be recovered.

 Further PGR Development workshops

Dates for further workshops organised by PGR Development can be seen on the CLL booking system** at:

Upcoming workshops and events offered by PGR Development

** excepting the Careers Online portfolio and Science and Engineering First Year workshops,

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Upcoming GTA Teaching workshops for PGRs

Are you preparing for your future career?

PGR Development have now opened up the following courses and workshops for booking to help postgraduate researchers gain information to research options, develop a career plan and prepare for applications.

– see also further information on events offered by the Careers & Employability Service (and below)

These workshops are open to all PGRs at Liverpool.

Career Development Portfolio – 6-week Online Course

This course offers a very flexible way to prepare for your on-going career and produce a personal career plan. The 6 weekly emails take you through the steps of career management, with tips to network effectively, resources to research your options, advice to make effective applications, and notice of relevant upcoming events.

APRC101     20th Oct – 1st Dec 2015
APRC102     19th Jan – 1st March 2016
APRC103     12th April – 24th May  2016

Book in Liverpool Life  —      Further information about this course

Our aim with this course is to provide information and advice – we hope all participants can to select the resources or events most relevant to their needs

Half-day workshops on campus

We are repeating the popular half-day workshops offered in 2014-15, which have been highly recommended by attendees:

Follow links above for further information, additional dates in 2016 and to book on this event.
Further careers events are run by the Careers and Employability Service

‘This session has increased my self awareness, lots of theoretical underpinning to the session and a focus on self improvement – it was great!’

‘Very useful & stimulating. A nice environment to work and learn in and share ideas.’

‘Great workshop on networking. I’ve been continuously told about the importance of networking but have never received tips/advice before.’  —participants 2014-15.

Further workshops

We hope to offer the workshop ‘Building a Successful Academic Career’ later in the year, and this, along with any other related workshops, will be announced on this blog when we can confirm details.

Career & Employability service events

We now have information of a number of upcoming events from the Career & Employability service including:

  • Upcoming visits in Nov from AstraZeneca for final year PhD researchers,
  • 5 opporutnities for the 30 minute guide to improving your CV (PGRs) starting 20 Oct
  • Careers Fairs 14th Oct and 4th Nov

See our Upcoming Events area for mmore information.