It 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!
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.
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
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:
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
|Introduction to Project Management
||Dr Fraser Robertson
|Writing a Scientific Article * (am)
||Dr Jen Allanson
|Getting your work published * (pm)
||Dr Jen Allanson
|Writing targeted grant proposals
||Dr Pete Moore
New LDC Development Workshops
During this period, the LDC Development team is offering some new full day and half- day workshops as follows
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.
The LDC Development Team offer a series of workshops to help you develop skills in facilitation. Facilitation skills can help you manage meetings and work with others, particularly if you work in teams, work with people as part of your research or have take part in public engagement. Such skills are also extremely useful for your future career.
These workshops also form part of our Development Tutor Scheme, which is open to all postgraduate researchers at Liverpool in the second year onwards of their degree. The scheme provides both training and practise in experiential teaching, and includes paid teaching opportunities within the LDC Programme and the support to help you develop your own workshops or webinars.
The workshops are as follows and are open to all researchers, whether or not you join the tutor scheme:
Webinar: Introduction to Facilitation* 21st March 12:30 -13:30
Asking Good Questions as a Facilitator 11th April 13:00 – 15:00
Becoming a Facilitator 16th May 13:00 – 15:00
Facilitating Meetings 23rd May 13:00 – 15:00
Designing & Facilitating Experiential Learning Exercises 6th June 13:00 – 15:00
Designing & Facilitating Development Workshops 7th June 13:00 – 15:00
*Note: Attendance at the webinar is recommended prior to attendance at the other workshops.
Further information and registration for the Development Tutor Scheme can be viewed on our website https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/pgr-development/offering/tutors/ and applications are welcome throughout the year.
LDC Development Team