Thesis Writing, Public Engagement, Career events and other workshops coming up in October

The LDC Development team has announced the timetable for Autumn 2017, with booking open up to the end of October. See our web timetable for full details.

The specific events that we wish to highlight include:

Thesis writing workshops: These workshops are aimed at second and third year researchers who have begun their writing. They are a repeat of the Thesis Writing workshops offered previously, for those prepared to come and do some writing!

17 Oct 10:00 – 12:00 BiteSize Thesis: format and structure
19 Oct 14:00 – 16:00 BiteSize Thesis: edit for clarity
24 Oct 10:00 – 12:00 BiteSize Thesis: read, write, repeat
26 Oct 14:00 – 16:00 BiteSize Thesis: overcome writer’s block

You may also be interested in two sessions offered in Researcher week,

Your Thesis: why you should start your writing now! 9 Oct     14.00-15.00
Thesis writing afternoon 10 Oct   13.00-17.00

See the Researcher week timetable for more details.

Workshops for Public Engagement: A webinar and workshops to learn more about public engagement and to help you apply for funding and plan your own public engagement project.

17 Oct 12:30 – 13:30 Webinar: Introduction to Public Engagement
25 Oct 13:00 – 16:30 Public Engagement Incubator
02 Nov 13:00 – 16:30 Designing a Public Engagement Project using Design Thinking

Workshops to start your Career preparation: Our programme includes a range of half-day workshops and webinars for those preparing for their ongoing career, whatever stage of your PhD you are in.

26 Oct 09:15 – 12:30 Developing Networking Skills (tbc)
31 Oct 09:15 – 12:30 Career Management
02 Nov 09:15 – 12:30 Developing your Interview Skills
02 Nov 13:30 – 14:30 Webinar: Networking Skills

Additional workshops in this series are listed on the LDC Development timetable.

Career related events are also included in the Researcher week timetable.

Further workshops:

Further workshops in the programme include:

Delivering Academic Presentations is a small group workshop for those who are already preparing a research presentation. There is a small amount of preparation required to make the most of this half day workshop

18 Oct 13:00 – 16:00 Delivering Academic Presentations

Exploring Intercultural Communication: This is a joint webinar with XJTLU (and hence the early start) for those who feel who are facing language or cultural barriers in their research. We will addresses both the advantages of  adapting to a new cultures and solutions to help overcome problems.

24 Oct 09:30 – 10:30 Webinar: Intercultural Communication in the PhD
– support with language and culture barriers

Workshop for part-time researchers – this workshop, offered in Researcher week, is open to all part-time researchers to share their experiences  and solutions to any problems they have faced.

Solving the Challenges of Part-Time Research 13 Oct    14.00-15.00

LDC Development Team.

New Workshops in Facilitation and opportunities for paid practice in professional development workshops

Facilitation is an extremely useful skill for a researcher, to help manage meetings and work with others, particularly if you work in teams, work with people as part of your research or have opportunities in public engagement. It is also an extremely useful skill to be able to demonstrate for your future career.

The LDC Development Team is offering a new series of short workshops for September/October to help attendees gain and practise skills in facilitation. The series begins with a webinar to help you learn more about facilitation, followed by workshops focuses on specific aspects and practice to learn and practise some  essential techniques in facilitation. The series includes two workshops to help you  apply the techniques to develop your own teaching sessions that focus on experiential learning.

The workshops are as follows (click on the link for further details and registration):

Date Time Title
06 Sep 12:30 – 13:30 Introduction to Facilitation
07 Sep 13:00 – 15:00 Asking Good Questions as a Facilitator
20 Sep 13:00 – 15:00 Becoming a Facilitator
21 Sep 13:00 – 15:00 Facilitating Meetings
04 Oct 13:00 – 15:00 Designing & Facilitating Experiential Learning Exercises
05 Oct 13:00 – 15:00 Designing & Facilitating Development Workshops

Note: Attendance at the webinar is recommended for attendance at the other workshops. Some of the workshop replace the full-day workshop, ‘Facilitation Methods and their Application in the Development of PGRs’ presented in 2016/17. The webinar and workshops will be repeated later in 2018.

New Development Tutor Scheme

The workshops are open to all postgraduate researchers at Liverpool and you can register for each workshop singly, or you can attend these workshops in preparation for the new Development Tutor Scheme  that is being offered to postgraduate researchers in 2017-18. The scheme includes:

  •  training in facilitation,
  • observation sessions,
  • paid engagement at workshops, including assisting in LDC Development team webinars, but you are encouraged, and supported, to design and deliver your own short workshops
  •  the development of online materials to support the postgraduate community at Liverpool.

Registration for this scheme formally opens at the start of Oct 2017, but you can view further details of the scheme on our website:

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

Facing and managing your future & managing your anxiety

New workshops for July in the LDC Development Team programme

Are you unsure about your longer term future for your work or career? Or are you just struggling to manage change and uncertainties in your research work or looking for ways to manage your anxiety in giving presentations?

To end this academic year, we are offering places at specialist workshops to help researchers manage these type of issues. Click the title for further details and to book a place.

4th July   Dealing with Change and Uncertainty  09.15 – 16.30

David Wilkinson is delivering a one-day workshop on Dealing with Uncertainty and Change. In this workshop, he will take you through the structures underpinning all change and uncertainty, help you to develop a positive ‘can do’ attitude and learn to be resilient, ‘in control’ and able to find the opportunities in situations of uncertainty.

5th July The Fear  Course 09.15 – 16.30

We also have the return of the highly recommended one-day FEAR course, also given by David Wilkinson that will to help you overcome anxiety before delivering presentations, deal positively with and regulate your own feelings and emotions with ease.

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)
This is a new four-session coaching course to help you move forward in your work and your longer term career.

This course is delivered by Dr Daniel Holden, D2U Coaching the Department of Chemistry, and is  based on DISC, a behavioural assessment tool that centres on four different behavioural traits: dominance, inducement, submission, and compliance. You will complete a DISC profile as part of the course and will use this analysis to assess your own personality, how it affects your work and communication with others, and build  understanding to move forward with your personal aspirations

Further workshops

Finally, we still have some places on the workshops around writing and publication, academic careers and social media given by Dr Jen Allanson, for registration and further details follow the links below:

15 Jun 09.30 – 12.30 Building a Successful Academic Career
15 Jun 13.30 – 16.30 The Online Researcher – An introduction to social media
27 Jun 09.30 – 12.30 Writing a Scientific Article

LDC Development Team

Developing your research profile – new workshops for June

The LDC Development team has arranged a series of half day workshops in June, which are now open for booking. These workshops focus on different aspects of academic life, from writing and publishing through to developing an online profile and building an academic career and will be delivered by a popular external presenter, Dr Jen Allanson.

The four workshops are as follows,

15 Jun 09.30 – 12.30 Building a Successful Academic Career
15 Jun 13.30 – 16.30 The Online Researcher – An introduction to social media
27 Jun 09.30 – 12.30 Writing a Scientific Article
27 Jun 13.30 – 16.30 Getting your Work Published

For further details follow the links or see the summaries below. For further workshops on careers and research writing see the LDC Development programme tmetable.

Building a Successful Academic Career    15 Jun 09.30 – 12.30

The number of PhDs graduating worldwide is increasing every year. With more competition for academic positions, it’s more important than ever to stand out. The aim of the workshop is to develop your future-focus and to encourage you to plan and position yourself for a successful career in academia (and beyond). By the end of the workshop you will understand what you need to do now in order to position yourself for success.

The Online Researcher – An introduction to social media   15 Jun 13.30 – 16.30

In our super-connected world you are only ever a Google search away from any other connected party. But when people search for you what will they find? Is your current online presence in service of your objectives and a true representation of who you are? Or do you need to do some online presence management?

In this short course you’ll be invited to consider all aspects of your online self. We’ll look at popular social networking tools and professional networking sites and discuss how these contribute to your online researcher presence. We’ll also look at issues of privacy and access as well as good data management practices.

Writing a Scientific Article   27 Jun 09.30 – 12.30

A time comes on your research journey when your work is ready for publication. It’s important to recognize when you have publishable findings. It’s also important to understand how to structure and present those findings in an appropriate format, ready for peer review.

In this workshop you will look at a range of issues around Scientific writing from analysing the purpose of writing scientific articles, understand when your work ready for publication, through to writing the abstract, structuring your argument and considering how to incorporate the work of others in your article.

Getting your Work Published 27 Jun 13.30 – 16.30

Dissemination of research output is a crucial component of your research career. So how can you improve your chances of successfully navigating the peer-review process and getting published?

Through a mixture of practical exercises, theory and discussion this workshop aims to prepare participants for publication. We’ll consider planning, pitching and practical writing issues. We’ll explore formatting, appropriate use of language, correct mechanisms for citing, quoting and paraphrasing in order to avoid unintentional plagiarism.  We’ll consider different routes to publication and how to know when and where to pitch an idea.

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.

Upcoming opportunities to help prepare for your future Career

There are several workshops and webinars coming up for those thinking about their long-term future, what they might want to do after their PhD and how to prepare for this.

PGR Development programme

Please click each title for further details and the booking form.

02 MAR 09.15 – 12.30     Making Academic Applications
21 MAR, 12:30- 13:30 Webinar: PGR Careers: Considering freelance and consultancy work?   Delivered by Denise Chiltern, Careers & Employability  NEW EVENT!
25 APR 6 week online course      APRC102 – Career Development Online Portfolio.

Note: we will be repeating two of the webinars offered earlier this year, Cvs & applications on the 4th May    and Networking on the 18th May.  Booking is expected to open in April

See out programme time-table for furthr events

LDC Researcher Week

There are a number of Careers related sessions on offer including:

Weds 22 MAR 3-4pm
Alummni Lecture – Dr Timothy McCarthy on his career path since undertaking his PhD at Liverpool – ‘From Chemistry to Biomarkers, via Positrons: my journey since leaving Liverpool’   Details and registration
Thurs 23 MAR   10-11am
Career Concept Building: Creating your own Career Concept  Details and registration
Fri 24 MAR   2-3pm
Starting Up!: An Introduction to Enterprise Session  Details and registration

See the full list of events on the LDC intranet website.

Careers & employability Service – upcoming events

30 minute guide to improving your CV session:
21st February 12.15pm22nd March  1.15pm

Careers fair:  22nd March

Enterprise Programme:  If you have a business idea and are looking for support, interested in self-employment as a career option, or wanting to develop your enterprise skills then our Enterprise Programme is for you. The 2 – 3 hour sessions on Wednesday afternoons provide practical information and advice on working for yourself.  All sessions are facilitated by people from the local business community who all have started businesses so can talk from experience. Each session is stand-alone so you can pick and choose which sessions to attend.

See all Careers & employability Service events

Postgraduate Researcher Week – 20-24 March

Following the success of the October Postgraduate Researcher week, in which there were over 1000 attendees, the Liverpool Doctoral College will be hosting its fifth Postgraduate Researcher Week during 20-24 March.

Advice, Networking,  Development and  Careers

Development session, Oct 2016

Development session, Oct 2016

Postgraduate Researcher Week offers an ideal opportunity to meet up with other research students from across campus and share your experiences, whilst learning more about the training and development opportunities available to you as a PGR student at the University of Liverpool.

A variety of sessions will be running throughout the week including advice and guidance from the LDC Development team and Liverpool Guild of Students, training sessions as well as networking events and social activities.

There is also a talk from alumnus Dr Timothy McCarthy (BSc (Hons) Chemistry 1996, PhD Chemistry 1989) the Senior Director and Head of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases Molecular Medicine, Global R&D at Pfizer, on his career and advice to PGR students.

Click here to view the schedule of activity and book onto the events

LDC PGR Development Careers Preparation Events – January – February 2017

19 JAN 09.15 – 12.30 Career Management
26 JAN 09.15 – 12.30 Developing Your Networking Skills
26 JAN 13.30 – 14.30 Webinar: Networking Skills
02 FEB 09.15 – 12.30 Developing Your Interview Skills
02 FEB 13.30 – 14.30 Webinar: Effective Interview Skills
03 FEB 8.30 – 5.00 Enterprise Bridge
16 FEB 09.15 – 12.30 Making an Impact in Work

The Need for Careers Preparation
The careers of doctoral graduates have never been more important for the future of the world. There are many more PhDs now than there are academic jobs out there in the developed world and this has been the situation since the start of the century. However, PhDs have the highest employability of any academic qualification and the world needs brilliant, multi-skilled, geniuses who can put together precise long and short- term projects and who can communicate their skills and their findings to expert and non-expert audiences. Not many PGRs or their Supervisors look at the expectations and learning outcomes for a doctorate – but the skills on view are very impressive. As the QAA state, typically, PhDs will be able to:

  • make informed judgements on complex issues in specialist fields, often in the absence of complete data, and be able to communicate their ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • continue to undertake pure and/or applied research and development at an advanced level, contributing substantially to the development of new techniques, ideas or approaches and will have:
  • the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations, in professional or equivalent environments.

To discover more about your employment prospects have a look at the latest research from Vitae (you will need to log in). The executive summary tells it like it is. All the more reason to be prepared and attend the following exciting career preparation events taking place in the next two months.

19 JAN 09.15 – 12.30 Career Management
(Half-day workshop) 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. Along with creating a plan of action for you to maximise your potential both in and outside of work, it will give you some breathing space in a non-judgmental environment, providing tools to be honest with yourself about what you really want.
This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills outlined in the RDF subdomains B1, B2 & B3.
To book on this workshop go here:

26 JAN 09.15 – 12.30 Developing Your Networking Skills
(Half-day workshop) This fun and practical session will give you confidence to network effectively. We will 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. The session will provide practical techniques to structure your networking approach, enhance your rapport building skills using Neuro-Linguistic Programming Techniques and help you to identify and hone your ‘Elevator Pitch’ to promote yourself and your research. This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills outlined in the RDF subdomains B1, B3 & D2
To book on this workshop go here:

26 JAN 13.30 – 14.30 Webinar: Networking Skills, 13.30-14.30 UK Time
A practical webinar designed to help you identify ways to develop your networking ability and expand your support community. Objectives are:
How to identify and build your network
Explore how to use Information interviews
Utilise tips to network at conferences
Identify and hone your ‘Elevator Pitch’
Develop your rapport building skills
This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills outlined in the RDF subdomain B3.
To book on this workshop go here:

02 FEB 09.15 – 12.30 Developing Your Interview Skills
This interactive session will help you gain confidence in your ability to perform at interview, and manage your verbal and visual impact on others. It will explore what essential preparation you need to carry out before your interview and help you to identify and prepare for questions that you might be asked.

02 FEB 13.30 – 14.30 Webinar: Effective Interview Skills
This webinar is designed to boost your confidence and understanding of how to shine throughout the selection process

3 FEB 8.30 – 5.00 Enterprise Bridge
Enterprise Bridge is an intensive one day event allowing participants to work directly businesses on a short consultation project as part of a small team. Participation in the event can also lead to a work placement as part of the LDC Placement Scheme.img_0636 A non-disclosure agreement allows all participants, employers and research students, to work together freely but with confidential material. Businesses donate their time and expertise to Enterprise Bridge with a view to giving you an opportunity to test, develop and stretch your enterprise and consultancy skills. One employer at Enterprise Bridge said it was ‘a unique and refreshing outlook from academically minded individuals on our business challenge.’ It will allow you to develop experience around enterprise, engagement and impact including: innovation, creativity, problem solving, communication, time and project management, customer relationship, research skills and business acumen.
We have four businesses ready to participate and offer their separate challenges:
Aspire Mentorship – London based medical training organisation
Rampworx – Liverpool based skate park
Qualpak – manufacturer and distributor of flexible packaging products
Odin Events – Dales based Entertainment Solutions company

Enterprise Bridge – the day
8.30 Networking breakfast – participants, business representatives and academics
9.30 Director’s welcome, introductions, what the exercise is about
10.00 Acting as consultants – teamwork and communication
11.00 Team prepares for meeting the client
11.30 First client meeting (opportunities for further consultation through the day)
12.00 Teamwork with break for lunch
3.00 Draft presentation
5.00 Evening presentations to clients – buffet reception and networking
7.00 close
An enterprising approach benefits research graduates wherever they go – into an academic or research career, into teaching, industry or self-employment. Previous participants said:
‘The most valuable for me was, working with real enterprise. Real problems and coming up with real solutions.’
‘It is the best PGR day workshop I have attended in recent times.’
Read the report on Enterprise Bridge here:enterprise-bridgepostwkspreport1
This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills outlined in the RDF subdomains B3, D1, D2, D3,
To book on this workshop go here:

16 FEB 09.15 – 12.30 Making an Impact in Work
Along with looking at levels of self awareness, listening skills, assertiveness and performance in meetings; we will introduce you to Emotional Intelligence and how it influences relationships and performance within a work environment. The session will also give you ideas on how to plan for your career development within an organisation, helping you to think about who to influence and how.

To book on this workshop go here.







PGR Development workshops for 2017 – communicating your research inside and outside the University

PGR Development have now opened booking for workshops in January and February 2017. Full details, including dates and links to booking forms are provided on our Timetable

This programme includes new workshops and courses to help your communicate your research within and outside your field, in addition to further dates for the career related workshops and the webinars offered this Autumn.

Communicating your research

Presenting for Public Engagement14 Feb This full day workshop offers experiential learning in advanced presentation skills techniques and aims to prepare PGRs for presenting their research to wider public.

Preparing poster presentations19 Jan16 Feb What makes a good poster, and how do you maximise this opportunity to generate discussion around your research topic? This half-day workshop  offers experiential learning in poster design and presentation skills.

Communicating Research in Humanities and Social Sciences Online 30 Jan – 10 April 2017

Communicating Research in Sciences Online 30 Jan – 10 April 2017

These are two Ten week online courses that offer participants opportunities to develop and share their own research and PhD related issues in a supportive and structured online environment. A direct outcome of the course is a ready-made blog for those researchers interested in sharing their research with the wider public.

See also  the repeated offering of our half day sessions on ‘Delivering Academic Presentations’ and  the webinars on research writing and delivering effective presentations. See our Timetable for information.
The following introductory workshops also offer practice in communicating your research:

Public Engagement in the Research Environment 18 Jan

Introduction to the Research Environment 1st Feb

Careers support

We offer new dates for the five half day careers workshops, from ‘Career Management’, 19 Jan to Developing Your Networking Skills, 26 Jan,  to ‘Preparing Academic applications’in March,  together with two new webinars:

Networking Skills, 26 Jan 13.30-14.30  – A practical webinar designed to help you identify ways to develop your networking ability and expand your support community. A practical session to gain confidence in your ability to network effectively.

Effective Interview Skills 2 Feb 13.30 – 14.30 -This session is designed to boost your confidence and understanding of how to shine throughout the selection process.