Postgraduate Researcher Week offers an ideal opportunity to
meet up and network with other research students from across campus and includes
a variety of training and development workshops for postgraduate researchers.
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;
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)
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.
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 confidencecan 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!
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:
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.
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.)
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.
The above series is supplemented by two webinars delivered by an external careers consultant:
Postgraduate Researcher Week offers a wide range of events that serve as a welcome for new researchers and aim to help you learn more about the training and development opportunities available to you as a postgraduate researcher at the University of Liverpool.
The LDC Development Team is offering the following events for new researchers:
This one-day workshop offers new researchers the opportunity to explore how to take ownership of the PhD. Through discussions and activities, you will identify the milestones and planning processes involved in pursuing a PhD and learn how to successfully work with your supervisor. You will also have an opportunity to introduce your research to fellow researchers and plan personal objectives in order to achieve your longer-term professional ambitions.
Webinar: Effectively Using PGR Toolbox – 11th Oct 1pm
This lunch-time webinar aims to help new PGRs make effective use of the PGR Toolbox in Liverpool Life. We will provide an overview of the key systems and processes and step-by-step instructions with a live demonstration. There will be time for questions and answers throughout the webinar.
Solving the Challenges of Part-Time Research- 13 Oct-14.00-15.00– This workshop is open to all part-time researchers and offers the opportunity to share your experiences and explore potential solutions to any problems you are facing.
For more Advanced Researchers
There are a variety of sessions running during the week including, Your Thesis: why you should start your writing now!, Planning your Final Year, Thesis writing afternoon and Viva Survivor. There are also several careers oriented events for those considering their future after their PhD.
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!
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
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.