News from outside – development opportunities around the Northwest

The University of Liverpool is part of a consortium of Universities in the Northwest and Yorkshire who have agreed to share selected training sessions and events between the Institutions. Below are some upcoming events which may be of interest.

Note: Please contact the host institution directly for any further information about these events as the LDC Development team are unable to answer further enquiries.

IEEE UK&I YP Postgraduate STEM Research Symposium 28-29 November

This PGR STEM Symposium is a great opportunity for researchers (early and established researchers) and young professionals to network, learn and share ideas. There are variety of interesting talks by well-experienced speakers. See more details here. Consider making a submission (to present your research) and/or register to attend the symposium. The registration deadline (12/11/18) may likely be extended by a few days depending on demand. Also, there is a limited optional registration to attend the Reception Dinner (@ Abode Chester – providing a relaxing environment for meet-and-greet, networking, talks, champagne or beer, and a 3-course meal)

Any questions regarding this event, get in touch with Simon Beer at the University of Chester (s.beer@chester.ac.uk)

Manchester Met Postgraduate Research Conference – Risks and Beyond – 6 March 2019

This conference is run by PGRs for PGRs, and it’s a great development opportunity, allowing you to present your ideas to a friendly local crowd. Call for abstracts is open until 14th December – welcoming multidisciplinary research, discussing research risks, uncertainties, how we overcome them and future implications to society.

For more information about this conference, get in touch with the conference organisers: pgr-conference@mmu.ac.uk

Further workshops and training opportunities

Through our network of partner universities, UoL PGRs have access to a wide range of workshops to support your development. These events take place on campuses across the North of England, in Salford, Manchester, Huddersfield and Bradford, as well as Liverpool John Moores.

NWY PGR Training Group – Shared Sessions

Please register with the host institution before attending; see the last column for contact details. You will need to provide your own transport.

How is your thesis writing going?

row of students writingIt is the start of the academic year, summer is over and the University is again buzzing with students. For us in the LDC Development team, this is an exciting time of year. We have a great new programme of workshops and webinars lined up and are looking forward to meeting lots of interesting PGRs, both familiar faces and new.

Many of us find it difficult to keep up the motivation for writing during a busy academic year. You may have teaching responsibilities to manage, or you may be busy with experiments or data collection. Or maybe just the long nights and gloomy days are getting you down. Joining a community of writers to share both successes and frustrations, and cheer each other on can help.

For our programme this academic year, we have added even more support for thesis writing. Based on the success of our summer writing retreats, we have added a series of monthly mini writing retreats. These are a great way of keeping your thesis writing (or other writing) progressing through the year. They provide time and space for writing, but crucially also moral support and motivation to keep writing. If you have never attended a writing retreat before, and are not sure what to expect, check out this brief video: https://spark.adobe.com/video/1V64D

The first mini writing retreat is scheduled for 24th October. Follow this link for details and booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mini-writing-retreat-registration-49939016944

And if you like the idea of writing retreats, check out the programme for WriteFest18. During November, also known as Academic Writing Month, we will have writing retreats scheduled every week along with a full programme of writing related workshops – a veritable Festival of Writing!

WriteFest 2018

New themes to introduce the LDC Development Programme 2018-19

Video introducing the LDC Development programme and the themes

For 2018-19 we are presenting the LDC Development programme through seven themes that address various different needs relevant to postgraduate researchers. You can find more details on these themes, through our video introduction, or you can view the video introductions for specific themes on the links below:


Taking Ownership of your PhD – Plan your PhD journey as a new researcher to develop into a confident and effective researcher


Resilience – Gain skills and find support to manage the challenges of life as a researcher.


Communication – Develop the skills to communicate your research effectively through posters, presentations and writing.


Creative & Critical Thinking – Explore how to develop creative mindsets and skills for problem-solving, innovation and critical thinking.


Public Engagement – Acquire the skills to make your research count through sharing it with the wider public.


Careers – Take control of your own career planning and prepare for the next step in your career.


Facilitation – Practise leadership skills in guiding groups towards making decisions and resolving conflicts.


New Researchers: While you can attend all parts of the programme at any stage during the PhD, the events in the ‘Taking Ownership of your PhD’ theme, which includes the highly recommended workshop of the same name, are particularly recommended for new researchers. The first date for this workshop is in Researcher week on the 8th Oct, and you can find out more details and register your place on the following link:

8th Oct   9:15 – 4:30      Taking Ownership of your PhD

See the Researcher week timetable for further events that week.

Contact & further information: More information about our themes and details of our programme can be found on our website: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/pgr-development/. Further sessions and new events are announced during the year, within the LDC Newsletter, on this blog and on Twitter: @livuniPGRDev.

Postgraduate Researcher Week –25-29 June 2018

Postgraduate Researcher Week is a University-wide event that offers a variety of sessions running throughout the five days, 25-29 June 2018

Full list of Events

All events take place on Liverpool Campus, with the exception of the two Writing Retreats (26th and 27th June).

The planned events  cover a wide range of subjects and offers many opportunities for networking with other PGRs. We have two events led by postgraduate researchers:

Improvisation in the workplace – a tool for research  – 9:30-12:30  26th June
– a new event to help you explore improvisation techniques to help you make decisions on the spot and under time pressure. The event aims to be both enjoyable and provide confidence and team-building skills.

Support for PGRs – Have Your Say!2-3:30 pm 27th June  – an informal group discussion on the challenges involved in doing a PhD, to explore options for creating peer support groups in the coming year. All PGRs are welcome to come to  room 4 of the Faculty suite, Central Teaching hub – please register to receive an email reminder.

Further sessions in Researcher week include:

  • Introductory events for those new to the University;
  • Popular sessions from previous researcher weeks covering  ‘How to work with your Supervisor‘, ‘Planning your Final Year’,  ‘Viva Survivor’ and guidance to help you develop Evidence reviews;
  • A session on ‘Writing Targeted Grant Proposals’;
  • A visit from the library and talks on data access and Liverpool elements;
  • A tour of the Guild.

Find out more and register on the LDC Intranet site

Connect with us at #ldcpgrweek.

Making an impact week: smart strategies to drive your research impact

Making an Impact Week 11-15 June, 01831 FREE opportunities for PGRs to explore key concepts and skills required to engage with collaborators outside academia and to develop your personal and professional research impact.

The Leadership, Organisational, Staff and Academic Development Academy (The Academy) at the University of Liverpool invites you to your choice of any of 31 different sessions for Making an Impact Week 2018. The Week is a new initiative aimed at providing rich, varied and high-quality development opportunities, and forms a unique opportunity for PGRs to network with academic, research and professional services staff across the University. Timed to coincide with the International Business Festival (IBF) 2018, the Week consists of an engaging mix of 31 different sessions, including workshops, panels, keynote speakers, 1:1 surgeries, and tours of facilities at the event taking place at various venues across campus.

Making an Impact Week runs 11-15 June 2018.
Find out more and register for  events at:
https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/international-business-festival/impact-week-events.

These flagship sessions offer support for our ambitions for a borderless research community here at Liverpool and include unique opportunities for PGRs to network with Impact Leads, colleagues from across industry, University academic, research (including ECR) and professional services staff:

Monday 11 June: Welcome and Accelerating Innovation through the Industrial Strategy 11-12.30pm in the VGM Leggate Theatre

Hear about the Government’s Industrial Strategy and associated funding opportunities from Dr Rick Holland, the Innovate UK Regional Manager for the North West of England. The session is hosted by Professor Anthony Hollander, PVC R&I and will also feature a presentation from Professor Rasmita Raval, Director, The Surface Science Research Centre, who will speak about “Antimicrobial Surfaces: Innovation and Impact”, drawing on a range of Innovate UK projects that she has been involved in over the past 3 years.

You are invited to register here.

Wednesday 13 June: Knowledge Exchange Concordat for Universities: A model for approach, self-reflection and improvement 10-11.30am in the VGM Leggate Theatre

Universities have enormous impact on society and their communities. The Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) is being developed to help demonstrate the extent of this impact, the approaches that a university takes and the mechanisms by which we aim to continually improve what we do. The session will be led by Professor Trevor McMillan, (KEF Lead, VC Keele University).

You are invited to register here.

Friday 15 June: Liverpool at 2030: What it should look like and how we should get there 10-11.30am in the Foresight Centre Gallery

Professor Mark Boyle (Heseltine Institute) and Mark Basnett (Liverpool LEP) discuss the Liverpool City Region’s growing and uneven recovery as well as the city’s huge potential. The city region now has a metro mayor and combined authority, a national industrial strategy (and associated infrastructural strategy) and is well-placed to embrace a low carbon future, smart technologies and the digital age, welfare service reform, the circular economy, a jobs and skills strategy, and inclusive economic development.

You are invited to register here.

Other sessions which may be of interest are:

Monday 11 June: Getting Ready to do Business – Workshop
12-4pm in the Halsall Room, Foresight Centre

If you want to engage with external customers but are worried that you might not be well prepared – or even if your confidence needs a boost – then this workshop is for you. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to plan to make first contact and to deal with the awkward issue of price and payment for your work. Book here.

Monday 11 June: Working with data from third parties – Workshop
1-3pm in the Chandler Room, Foresight Centre

Contemplating a collaboration, started working with third party data, want others to share with you or need to prepare to share your data? Come along to this session to hear about colleagues’ experiences using and sharing third party data and their research, followed by Q and A session with the panel. Book here.

Monday 11 June: Panel Q&A – Social Value Panel
2-3pm in the Thornton Room, Foresight Centre

Ben Carpenter, Operations Manager from Social Value UK leads a discussion about the principles of social value in relation to research. Book here.

Tuesday 12 June What impact will your research have? – Workshop
2.30-4.30pm in the Thornton Room, Foresight Centre

This workshop will look at defining what research impact means, and in particular what it might mean in the context of PhD research. We will then explore practical strategies for using your time as a PhD candidate to raise your research profile and delivering real impact for yourself and others beyond the thesis. By the end of the workshop, you will have developed your own impact statement and plan for achieving that impact. Book here.

Tuesday 12 June: Panel Q&A – Working with the Media – Panel Q&A
12-2pm in the Thornton Room, Foresight Centre

This session will discuss how researchers can work with the media and what they can get out of it, and will be led by Andrew Naughtie. International Editor at The Conversation, Naughtie is used to working with researchers to get their work out to a general audience. He will explain some of the risks and rewards of using the media to reach people beyond the halls of academics. Also, hear from University Press Officer Matt Hurst, Professor Peter Kinderman and Professor Peter Shirlow about their experiences of dealing with the media. Book here.

Thursday 14 June: The Impact Road Leads to Success – Joint Keynote
10-11.30am in the Gallery, Foresight Centre

The impact agenda is far from new but impact continues to be conceptualised as an additional component to a research proposal rather than an embedded aspect of the research itself. This session will consider the shifting nature of the funding landscape and the increasing emphasis being placed on challenge-led and impact-driven research. This session will focus on the need to ‘normalise’ impact in this new funding context. This session will be led by the APVCs (R&I): Professor Georgina Endfield (HSS), Professor Malcolm Jackson (HLS) and Professor Ric Williams (S&E). Book here.

Thursday 14 June: Intellectual Property Crash Course – Workshop
12-2pm in the Laura Jones Room, Foresight Centre

This workshop will dispel many myths about intellectual property and will help you to identify, protect and disseminate your work to benefit a wide range of audiences both inside and outside of the University environment. It will also help you to confidently negotiate with external partners on collaborative projects so as to achieve mutual gains. Book here.

Thursday 14 June: Peer Review: what actually happens – Workshop
3-4pm in the Laura Jones Room, Foresight Centre

Do you wonder how peer reviewers come to their conclusions when assessing your research writing? Do you worry that they are not seeing its value? Do you wish you could gain more benefit from peer review? Do you worry about reviewing other people’s work? This session will examine the peer review of outputs in preparation for REF 2021. Book here.

Thursday 14 June: Impact Lead networking drinks reception
5pm onwards in the VGM Waterhouse Café

Join us for the chance to share ideas, make new connections with professionals spanning industry and academia in the lovely setting of the Victoria Gallery Museum Waterhouse Café. Drinks and canapes served. Book here.

Friday 15 June: Closing Showcase Event: Accelerating Impact – An IAA Showcase
2-3pm in the Gallery, Foresight Centre

A mini-workshop by Dr Ben Slater who will provide an overview of the funding opportunities available to researchers and academics will highlight their current projects, along with tips and advice on how to develop a successful project. The showcase will be brought to a close with a brief address by Prof Anthony Hollander, PVC R&I. Book here.

Booking is essential to secure your free place and many sessions have limited places left, so register now at https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/international-business-festival/impact-week-events

Making the Most of your PhD

Workshops to help you devise strategies to manage your research and professional development.

Upcoming workshops from the LDC Development Team will help you take action to manage your personal and professional development and to develop your research productivity.

 

 

Click on the titles below for further information and registration.

Developing Mindsets and Taking Action

Practical Thinking for Researchers            22 May, 9:15 – 16:30

Gaining Confidence as a Researcher         30 May, 10:00 – 16:30

Coaching for Researchers                                                           2 June, 9:30 – 16:30

Problem Solving and Decision Making for Researchers             5 June, 9:15 – 16:30

Improving your Social Wellbeing as a Researcher                     20 June, 10:00 – 16:30

Time Management & Motivation for Postgraduate Researchers

21 June 13:30 – 16:30                                    21 June, 9:30 – 12:30

 

Developing your Productivity

Planning and Preparing an Effective Research Presentation     23 May, 9:30 – 12:30

Writing a Scientific Article                                                                19 June, 9:30 – 12:30

Getting your Work Published                                                         19 June, 13:30 – 16:30

Introduction to Project Management                                              14 June, 9:15 – 16:30

Writing Targeted Grant Proposals                                                  28 June, 9:30 – 16:30

External presenters and new workshops coming in May and June

In May and June the LDC Development team  have invited a number of external presenter to deliver workshops in several specialised subjects. These include a repeat of many well-received workshops offered in previous years to further develop your techniques in research thinking and problem-solving, prepare your writing for publication, writing grant proposals and building an academic career.

 ——–        Full LDC Development Timetable            ——–

May: The workshops for May currently open for booking include:

Practical Thinking for Researchers Dr Adrian West 22nd May 09:15 – 16:30
Getting your Work Published Dr Jen Allanson 08th May 13:30 – 16:30
Building a Successful Academic Career Dr Jen Allanson 08th May 09:30 – 12:30

Save the date:  We have the following workshops planned for June; booking will open at the start of May. (Note: * indicates a half day workshop.)

Problem Solving and Decision Making for Researchers Dr Adrian West 5th June
Introduction to Project Management Dr Fraser Robertson 14th June
Writing a Scientific Article * (am) Dr Jen Allanson 19th June
Getting your work published * (pm) Dr Jen Allanson 19th June
Writing targeted grant proposals Dr Pete Moore 29th June

New LDC Development Workshops

During this period, the LDC Development team is  offering some new full day and half- day workshops as follows

Problem-solving with LEGO® Serious Play® 02nd May 12:30 – 16:30
Planning and Preparing an Effective Research Presentation 23th May 09:30 – 12:30
Gaining Confidence as a Researcher Using Design Thinking 30th May 10:00 – 16:30
Improving your Social Wellbeing as a Researcher using Design Thinking 20th June

We are also providing a further offering of sought-after sessions on Thesis Writing and workshops and webinars to help you prepare for your career. See LDC Development Timetable for details and booking information.

LDC Development Programme for February/March 2018

All our workshops are now open for registration up to the end of March. These include a range of webinars and short workshops covering writing and presentation skills, careers preparation as well as a begin of our new series on Design Thinking.

For new PGRs (or those who missed workshop last term)

Introduction to the Research Environment 27-Feb 09:15 – 16:30

 Developing your written skills

Webinar: Research Writing – maintaining motivation for your writing 05-Mar 12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Research Writing – communicating your research effectively 12-Mar 12:30 – 13:30
BiteSize Thesis: format & structure – full booked 08-Mar 14:00 – 16:00
BiteSize Thesis: edit for clarity 13-Mar 14:00 – 16:00
BiteSize Thesis: read, write, repeat 27-Mar 14:00 – 16:00
BiteSize Thesis: overcoming writer’s block 29-Mar 14:00 – 16:00
Webinar: Writing for ‘The Conversation’ – for PhD researchers
– led by PhD Researchers sharing their experience
22 March 12:30 – 13:30

Developing your presentation skills

Preparing Poster Presentations 01-Mar 12:30 – 15:30
Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations 1; defining your message 19-Mar 12:30 – 13:30
Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations 2, delivery 26-Mar 12:30 – 13:30

Developing your creative confidence

Design Thinking Studio 1: Empathy and Defining the Problem 28-Feb 13:00 – 16:30
Design Thinking Studio 2: Ideate and Rapid Prototyping 14-Mar 13:00 – 16:30

Developing your research productivity

Webinar: Introduction to Facilitation
– Part of the Development Tutor Scheme.
21 March 12:30 – 13:30
Public Engagement Incubator 07-Mar 13:00 – 16:30

 Preparing for your career

Developing Networking Skills 28-Feb 09:15 – 12:30
Webinar: Developing effective CVs and Applications 28-Feb 13:30 – 14:30
Making an Impact in Work 07-Mar 09:30 – 12:30
Webinar: Effective Interview Skills 07-Mar 13:30 – 14:30
Making Academic Applications 08-Mar 09:15 – 12:30

Please follow the above links for further details or see the LDC Development Timetable.

Postgraduate Researcher Week – 12- 16 March 2018

Postgraduate Researcher Week offers a variety of sessions running throughout the five days, 12 – 16 March, and are open to all PGR students at the University.

Full list of Events

All events take place on Liverpool Campus (various locations)

The planned events    cover a wide range of subjects and offers many opportunities for networking with other PGRs. the sessions include:

  • Introductory events for those new to the University;
  • Development workshops for those in their first year, including, ‘Your Thesis: why you should start your writing now!’, ‘Getting started with academic writing’, ‘How to work with your Supervisor ‘ and guidance to help you develop Evidence reviews;
  • Guidance on ‘Stress and mental health for postgraduate students’;
  • The talk: ‘Achieving Nirvana on stage: How to deliver a great talk’;
  • LDC development events including a new ‘Design Thinking’ workshop;
  • Sessions for those in the later sages of their PhD, including ‘Planning your Final Year’, ‘Thesis writing morning’, ‘Viva Survivor’ and the Thesis submission through Liverpool Elements;
  • Opportunities to take time out with a range of musical events, and other sessions, including gardening.

Find out more and register on the LDC Intranet site

Connect with us at #ldcpgrweek.

Developing your Creative Confidence: Design Thinking your PhD

Conducting original scholarship requires a wide range of skills and behavioural traits associated with creativity, including curiosity, motivation, risk-taking, problem-solving, collaboration, playfulness, tolerance for ambiguity and a willingness to overcome failure. While you might not claim that you are ‘creative’, creativity is an important part of what you do as a researcher. Developing your creative confidence can help improve your research processes, impact, communication, working style, emotional state and the assumptions that result in us sometimes feeling ‘stuck’ when we face barriers.

As part of the LDC Development Programme, we offer a series of workshops devoted to fostering your creative confidence so you can take positive actions towards reaching your goals and build lasting social connections through the Design Thinking process.

What’s Design Thinking?
Design Thinking is a process of thinking and working that can be used to design innovative solutions, including solutions to the varied challenges that will arise while pursuing a research degree. This approach can be used to reimagine better solutions to:

* Your PhD experience
* Exploring career options
* Research processes and productivity
* Public engagement
* Participatory research
* Interdisciplinary collaborations
* Co-creation with industry and other partners
* Developing curriculum and teaching

The Design Thinking Process

Join us for our first series of Design Thinking Studios!

Design Thinking Studio One: 

Empathy and Defining the Problem

Wed 28 February 2018

13:00 – 16:30

Design Thinking Studio Two:

Ideate and Rapid Prototyping

Wed 14 March 2018

13:00 – 16:30

Design Thinking Studio Three:

Refining your Prototype, Iteration and Testing (booking opens soon)

 Wed 18 April 2018

13:00 – 16:30