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

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.

Start 2018 by enhancing your presentation skills

In January, we are we offering some new workshops to help you develop your presentations skills in the New Year, as well as the return of our ‘Delivering Academic Presentations’ workshop.

Delivering Academic Presentations 

 This half-day session offers a form of group coaching session using video in a supportive and friendly environment to help you recognise your strengths in your presentations, and identify ways to improve. The session will focus on presenting research in the context of your own research area.

18 Jan    13:00 – 16:00                  25 Jan         13:00 – 16:00

Further dates are offered in February and March.

Prepare and Deliver your Elevator Pitch

This combined webinar and practical session will help you explain your research and wider interests to new people in a short ‘Elevator Pitch’ format.

In the webinar, we discuss how to create an effective elevator pitch for different occasions, to assess what you need to communicate, what others will want to hear and how reduce the use of technical language.

The workshop will give you time and space to practise pitching your research to a friendly and supporting peer group. You will be able to gain feedback from your peers and develop a successful elevator pitch that you can use for networking.

Webinar: Presentations – Preparing an Elevator Pitch              17 Jan 2018 12:30 -13:30

Presentations: Delivering an Elevator Pitch                 24 Jan       13:00 – 15:00

Learn and practise the Pecha Kucha method for delivering presentations

Are you looking for more innovative ways to present your research? Pecha Kucha is a popular presentation format that involves delivering a talk using 20 slides, which display for 20 seconds each.

Join us for an opportunity to learn and practise delivering a Pecha Kucha presentation within a friendly and supportive environment. This session provides the opportunity to help you be more concise in your delivery and more effective in storytelling and using slides.

Presentations: Pecha Kucha                             31 Jan              13:00 – 15:00

See the LDC Development Timetable for a list of all LDC Development Programme events available for booking. We expect to announce further workshops and webinars for February and March early in 2018.

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.

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.

Write that Thesis!

Are you writing your thesis?
Should you be writing your thesis?
Make some real progress with our Thesis Writing Afternoons.

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Thesis Writing Afternoons at Zieferblat – with unlimited coffee/tea to fuel your writing

Writing your thesis can be a lonely and frustrating process, easily distracted and derailed by other responsibilities or tasks. The purpose of these writing afternoons is to let you focus fully on thesis writing, away from the usual distractions and to make real progress on your thesis.

We are meeting away from campus, away from interfering distractions, for a solid afternoon of writing. Join other PGRs for mutual support and a chance to pick up, or pass on tips and tricks for successful thesis writing. But most importantly, come and do some serious writing. We provide the lunch, teas/coffees and space – you do the writing.

These sessions are particularly targeted at final year PhD students, though any PGR ready to make real progress on writing their thesis is welcome to join us. In preparation for the session, gather the information you need and plan which section of your thesis you will be working on so that you are ready to sit down and write on the day.

We have two afternoons available, come to one or both. Just follow the links below for booking:

Tuesday 25th July 13:00 – 17:00

Wednesday 26th July 13:00 – 17:00

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

Postgraduate Researcher Week 26-30 June 2017

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/intranet/doctoral-college/researcher-week/

Postgraduate Researcher Week will be taking place 26-30 June 2017. This is a University wide event and other activities may be offered in your School/Institute.

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

logo for Researcher weekPostgraduate Researcher Week is the ideal opportunity for you 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 postgraduate researcher at the University of Liverpool.

To view the schedule of activity please visit:   https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/intranet/doctoral-college/researcher-week/