What new challenges do you have for 2019?

Happy new year to all researchers at Liverpool!

We hope you are returning from a well-earned break, refreshed and looking forward to the coming year. This time of year is a good opportunity to review your work, maybe to take a fresh approach to your research or work environment and find ways to move forward on your long term goals. Do you have new ideas that you want to explore or do you need to organise your working life more efficiently? Do you have upcoming challenges that need new solutions? Do you need to take actions for your future career?

This is also a time to review your own development and the LDC Development programme can help in several ways

  • Our first webinar, on the 28th January, will help you create a development plan.
  • The Spring programme has a strong focus on presentation skills, including repeated offerings of the small group workshop on Delivering Academic presentations.
  • We have further workshops to advance your writing and a return of the Thesis Thursday sessions, together with sessions on research productivity.
  • The programme also has a focus on impact, to help you achieve impact outside your academic area, which is an important aspect of research to have on your CV, whether your future career is inside or outside of Academia.
  • Finally we have a new Career-ready Boot-camp coming up in March.

The following list connects upcoming events to the programme themes on our website:

Research Productivity (Taking Ownership of your PhD and Resilience)

04-Feb 12:30 – 13:30 Webinar: Managing and facilitating meetings
11-Feb 12:30 – 13:30 Webinar: Time management
28-Feb 9:15 – 12:30 The Emotionally Intelligent Researcher

Presentations (Communication)

23-Jan 13:00 – 16:00 Delivering Academic Presentations
29-Jan 13:00 – 16:00 Delivering Academic Presentations
13-Feb 13:00 – 16:00 Delivering Academic Presentations
14-Feb 13:00 – 16:00 Preparing Poster presentations
19-Feb 13:00 – 16:00 Planning and preparing an effective Research Presentation
27-Feb 13:00 – 16:00 Delivering Academic Presentations

Writing (Communication)

07-Feb 09:00 – 12:00 Thesis Thursday: structure & format
18-Feb 12:30 – 13:30 Webinar: Research Writing – maintaining motivation for your writing
20-Feb 13:30 – 16:30 Mini Writing Retreat
25-Feb 12:30 – 13:30 Webinar: Research Writing – communicating your research effectively

Impact (Public Engagement )

11th Feb – 8th April 8 week online course Communicating research online: writing for a wider audience
21-Feb 10:00 – 15:00 Making Meaningful Impact during your PhD

WriteFest18 recap – what comes next?

November and WriteFest18 is already starting to seem like a very long time ago. With the holiday season now just around the corner, it is time to take a moment to reflect on what we achieved and to look ahead to the new year and to keeping up that writing momentum.

The month of November is internationally referred to as Academic Writing Month and WriteFest18 was planned as a way of celebrating and encouraging academic writing across campus. We had a wide range of workshops, webinars and writing retreats on offer, hosted by the LDC Development team and by the Researcher KnowHow team. All events proved very popular, and it was particularly exciting to see how many of you engaged with the writing retreats and shut-up-and-write sessions. There was a real writing buzz in the air!

A key message from Academic Writing Month is the importance of regular and frequent writing practice. Writing is a skill that takes time and dedication to develop, but often finding the time and motivation can be challenging. This is where writing retreats or shut-up-and-write sessions can be helpful. They provide dedicated time and space for writing, and peer motivation to keep your productivity up. But don’t just take my word for it, listen to what your colleagues said about it:

“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”

“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.”

“The pressure of other people writing and being quiet really helped me focus. I got some proposals done and journal entry I had put off and I felt so productive after.”

And now that WriteFest18 is officially over, how will you keep the momentum up? Keep an eye out for more writing retreats in the new year. Writing retreats and academic writing workshops coming up are listed on our programme. And consider other ways to practice your writing – why not join a writing course? We have an online course starting in February, focused on writing for a wider audience.

Communicating research online: writing for a wider audience

Online course: 11th Feb – 8th April 2019

Are you looking early experience of publishing through an article to the University News, to communicate to other postgraduate researchers and undergraduates, or publishing more widely in ‘The Conversation’?  Are you interested in an opportunity to gain real practice in a peer review process?

This online course  offers a supportive and encouraging forum to share your research and network with other researchers, whilst preparing an article for wider circulation. Through regular practice and supportive feedback you can  further develop your writing skills and new ways to communicate your research and gain a wider impact. This course will last 8 weeks, with a recommended contribution of just one to two hours per week to gain most benefit

‘ … the feedback is invaluable, it’s great to hear how other people perceive my work, and how I can improve. ’ participant 2017.

Further information and registration

What you can do now to prepare for your ongoing career

The LDC Development team  and the Careers service have a range of events in coming weeks for both those early in their degree a well as  those who are preparing applications. These are listed below, together with further online offerings that support your career preparation.

LDC Development Programme

Career Management                       01 Feb         09:15 – 12:30
This thought provoking and interactive session will enable you to explore how employable you are, identify the work values that drive you and set personal and professional goals for the next 3 years.

Developing Your Interview skills         15 Feb       09:15 – 12:30
An interactive session will help you gain confidence in your ability to perform at interview, define the essential preparation and manage your verbal and visual impact on others.

Developing Networking Skills             28 Feb         09:15 – 12:30
A fun and practical session to give you confidence to network effectively, to  help you develop your network map of current contacts and focus on what potential links you will need to make in the future to enhance your career.

Webinar: Developing effective CVs and Applications     28 Feb    13:30 – 14:30
Create excellent written applications for both academic and non-academic roles and identify key steps you can take to increase your chances of being shortlisted for posts when applying with CVs, applications and covering letters.

For further information follow the above registration links. Full information will be sent by email nearer the event.

Coming up in March, (booking to open shortly):

Making an Impact in Work                     07 March 09:15 – 12:30
Webinar: Effective Interview Skills       07 March 13:30 – 14:30
Making Academic Applications               08 March 09:15 – 12:30

Careers Service Events

Postgraduate Research (PhD/MRES) students: 30 minute guide to improving your CV.
Tue 20 Feb 2018, 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM      Fri 16 Mar 2018, 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM
We’ll help you work on your layout, structure and content by looking at the 10 key rules of the applications game. Please bring a copy of your CV with you as you’ll need it for this session.

Careers & Employability Service meeting room. The Careers & Employability Service is located in the Alsop Building, University Square (building 750 on the campus map).

Liverpool Spring Careers Fair 2018          Wed 7 Mar 2018, 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM

The Spring Careers Fair is back to give University of Liverpool students a head start in their job search. With around 60 exhibitors offering internship, placement and graduate opportunities for 2018 and beyond, it’s an event not to be missed!

The Crypt, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TQ

Further Online sources

If you cannot attend the Career Management workshop, you may be interested  in the ‘What Next’ video: The ‘What Next?’ Video

Career Management Skills Resources
Our online resources offer a further range of relevant advice from networking and assessing your own skills through to preparing applications.

Career Management for Early Career Academic Researchers (MOOC online course)

Alternatively, you may be interested in this four week online course, open to PhD researchers across the UK. (Follow link for details).

The first offering starts 5th March.

Communicating your research online – online courses begin 22nd Jan

These two online courses aim to help you develop and enhance your writing and other communication skills. You may also gain ideas on how to communicate your research online, in blogs or Newsletter articles as a form of Public Engagement/Impact.

Communicating Research in the Sciences Online 22 Jan – 02 April
Communicating Research in the Humanities & Social Sciences Online 22 Jan – 02 April

The  ten week courses offer a supportive and encouraging forum with a range of discussion topics including writing and presentation skills to reflect on your wider research skills.  In participating in these courses  you will:

  • Gain practice in writing and communicating the essence of your research to others, and so review and share ideas for your research project. Writing in different ways can often help you think differently about the topics.
  • Enjoy the benefits of feedback from those outside your field of research, who may offer a new angle to your research,
  • Learn of the different areas of research being undertaken in the University. See also how others present their research and write differently, their styles, and how they  approach their communication challenges.
  • Engage and gain direct experience of the Peer review process.
  • Start preparing an article that may be submitted online, as a blog, newsletter article or even as a start of an article for the ‘Conversation’.
  • Engage in online discussions on methods of writing, referencing, publications …
  • Gain confidence from finding others who are interested in your research!

Your engagement within the course is entirely flexible in terms of time, to fit in with your research and other work. Two hours per week is recommended. You do not need to be interested in publishing online to gain from this course.

Please choose the course that best fits your research focus. Follow the above links in the course titles for further details and registration. If you have any further questions, please contact Dr Shirley Cooper at Shirley.Cooper@liverpool.ac.uk.

For further details of the LDC Development programme, see our timetable,  where all workshops in February are now open for booking.

Two Part-time Teaching Opportunities to support our online courses in communicating research

Would you like to learn and engage in online teaching and development in a paid part-time position?

The LDC Development Team require part-time support for each of two online courses, primarily aimed at new researchers, (follow the above links for full course descriptions) :

Assistant Tutor for Communicating Research in the Sciences Online
Assistant Tutor for Communicating Research in the Humanities and Sciences Online

For either role you should be a PhD researcher in at least your second year at the University of Liverpool and working in a discipline related to the specific course.

The courses are delivered over a ten-week period and we require a contribution of half a day per week, starting the week of the 22nd or January. The roles can be undertaken on a flexible basis at times to fit in with your research and other work. Within this role, you will work with the course organiser to develop and engage participants in online discussions, help in creating supplementary materials for the course and to provide feedback to support participants in their development.

For these roles, experience of participation in an online environment and teaching experience will be useful, together with experience of writing for the wider public outside your research field and knowledge of the difficulties faced by part-time or off-site students. Preference will be given to those who have previously completed the course in previous years and/or have taken part in our workshops in facilitation. Technical skills are not necessary for this post.

Guidance and informal training will be provided and the roles offer opportunities to explore teaching ideas within an interactive online environment.

For further Tutor Details, please contact me, Dr Shirley Cooper directly at Shirley.Cooper@liverpool.ac.uk.

Payment: is at Grade 4 , point 14 for an average of 3.5 hours per week.

Applications: To apply for this position, please send a CV and covering letter to Dr Shirley Cooper Shirley.Cooper@liverpool.ac.uk by the end of 8th January 2018. The covering letter should describe your interest in this post and what you think you can bring to this course.

Communicating your research online – new courses/events for January

Do you want to further develop and enhance your writing and other communication skills? Are you interested in sharing your research online, in blogs or Newsletter articles or using Twitter as a form of research communication? The following online courses and webinar can help you start:

Communicating Research in the Sciences Online 22 Jan – 02 April
Communicating Research in the Humanities & Social Sciences Online 22 Jan – 02 April

These two ten week courses offer a supportive and encouraging forum with a range of discussion topics including writing and presentation skills to help you develop wider research skills.  In participating in these courses  you will:

  • Gain practice in writing and communicating the essence of your research to others, and so review and share ideas for your research project (Writing in different ways can often help you think differently about the topics)
  • Enjoy the benefits of feedback from those outside your field of research, who may offer a new angle to your research,
  • Learn of the different areas of research in the University. See also how others present their research and write differently, their styles, their approaches …
  • Engage and gain direct experience of the Peer review process.
  • Engage in online discussions on methods of writing, referencing, publications …
  • Gain confidence from finding others who are interested in your research!

Please choose the course that best fits your research focus.and follow the links in the course titles for further details and registration.

Using Twitter for Academic Purposes   22nd January 12.30-1.30pm

This webinar is designed for researchers who are new to Twitter, as well as those who are already on Twitter to help them explore how they might use Twitter with their research.

And if you’re struggling to start your writing see,

Overcoming Writer’s Block  – 24 Jan 14:00 – 17:00

Or see the LDC Development Timetable for a full list of all events available for booking.

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.)

30-Oct
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Time – management for PhD researchers
– Offering a variety of approaches to help you manage your research time more effectively
06-Nov
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
13-Nov
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Surviving the PhD
– Advice and suggestions to help you solve many problems commonly faced by new PhD researchers
20-Nov
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.
27-Nov
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Research Writing: communicating your research effectively
– Advice to communicate effectively in your writing and to start writing for publication.
04-Dec
12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations 1, defining your message
– Advice to plan and prepare a compelling presentation
11-Dec
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:

02-Nov
13:30 – 14:30
Webinar: Networking Skills
– Identify ways to develop your networking ability and expand your support community.
07-Dec
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)

Webinars

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 shirley.cooper@liverpool.ac.uk 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

http://pcwww.liv.ac.uk/~pgro/Online%20Resources.htm