PGRs,we NEED your views on the PGR Toolbox

We are in the process of gathering views from PGRs about the PGR Toolbox in order to inform and prioritise developments of the software. Since the launch of the PGR Toolbox in June 2012, we have been working to enhance the system that supports how you record your development as a researcher. We are keen to have feedback from PGRs about their experiences of using the PGR Toolbox, which we will use to apply to Computing Services Department for required improvements.Pencil with "Y" Circled For Yes

Please take a moment to fill out the following survey:

Your thoughts will be much appreciated!

Poster Day Workshops

IMG_5581Calling all PGRs participating in Poster Day 2013!

If you need some guidence and ideas for your Poster or you have never printed a Poster off or constructed one before then these are the workshops for you.

CSD has scheduled three poster workshops to support Poster Day as follows:

  • Tuesday 5th March 14:00- 16:00
  • Tuesday 12th March 14:00- 16:00
  • Tuesday 19th March 14:00- 16:00

The workshop will have the same content each time so you need only book onto one!
The format of the afternoon will be a one hour presentation covering the various elements of best practice when creating an effective and successful poster, followed by a one hour practical where you can work on your own poster and receive support and guidance.
The workshops are for Research postgraduate students only.
Workshops are booked on a first come, first served basis. Bookings should be made by email to
The CSD workshop timetable is available to view on-line at:-

There is also an excellent set of resources for Poster preparation on the PGR Development website here:


International Women’s Day Conference on 8th March


Development opportunities are available for female academic staff & PGRs at the University of Liverpool’s International Women’s Day Conference on 8th March.

The conference features academic/research related seminars and a series of practical workshops which aim to support and development the careers of women at the University. The conference is open to any member of staff, although some sessions are specifically aimed at academic staff, and the majority are aimed at women. Staff/PGR students can book onto single workshops or they can attend the whole event.


To book email with the event title and time you wish to attend.

For further information on the conference and other related events visit:


First-Year Development Workshop Places

Due to high demand, we have increased the places available for the First-Year Development Workshops in May and we will be running an additional workshop, APRS015, for this academic year.  The details of the new workshop is below:

Course Code                            Date

APRS012                                 1-3 May                   open to all PGRs

APRS014                                 15-17 May               open all PGRs

APRS015                                 29-31 May                open to all PGRs

Places on other workshops are currently full and further places will only become available through cancellations.  There is a high demand for these workshops, therefore, if you no longer require a place and are booked on a workshop, please contact as soon as possible in order to free up spaces for other PGRs.

For those planning to apply for exemption, please refrain from booking a workshop and familiarise yourself with the information on the following webpage:

For those who are part-time or working off-site, and find it difficult to schedule time to attend workshops, we also offer a First-Year Online Workshop starting in April – details of which are outlined below.  For further information on the First-Year Online Workshops see:

Course Code                       Date

APOS003                   15th April – 24th June 2013     open to all part-time and offsite PGRs


Would you like 2 weeks in Japan? RENKEI Researcher Development School

Collaborating Across Cultures: The 2013 RENKEI Researcher Development School in Bristol and Kyoto

The University seeks expressions of interest from early career researchers (PhD students and research staff) from any discipline to take part in an exciting UK-Japan researcher development school in Bristol and Kyoto in 2013. We are looking for researchers who will be able to attend both parts of the programme. Attendance will be free to participants, including accommodation, travel and most meals. Any research student attending the programme will complete their career development training.

The RENKEI Researcher Development School is facilitated by the British Council, Japan, and because of the nature of the School this opportunity is only open to  UK and EU citizens who are living in the in the UK prior to their research contract or their postgraduate research registration and who intend to stay in the UK afterwards. 
If chosen to participate, you will have the opportunity to develop useful skills for working across cultures, exploring the differences between UK and Japanese cultures, between different disciplines and between academia and industry. You will travel to Kyoto to learn about Japanese culture first-hand, you will have expert input on how to work with industry and you will be given the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary cross-cultural team to develop potential research ideas.

This will be a prestigious programme to be selected for, as each of the 12 participating institutions will nominate just 5 applicants from a range of disciplines, of which only 2 will be successful. We want to send researchers who will represent the University well and who will bring back the learning to their research and disciplinary groups, and the University as a whole.

If you are interested, please go to the website for more details on the programme, theme, eligibility, dates etc:

Any queries should be directed to the RENKEI contact at Newcastle University, Dr Robin Humphrey: Expression of Interest forms are available on the RENKEI website (follow the link, above), and should be returned to Dr Richard Hinchcliffe ( The deadline is 16.00, Friday,15th February. Support from your supervisor or line manager is essential.