PGR Development – July Summer School

Staying in Liverpool over the summer? Starting, continuing or finishing your research and looking to improve it further? PGR Development is running a Summer School of events throughout July aimed at Postgraduate Researchers across all three faculties. IMGP2345a43xThere will be 18 sessions, ranging from 1 hour to a whole-day. They will cover a broad perspective of topics aimed at postgraduate researchers. From planning an initial research proposal and understanding finance applications, to publishing your finished work, Summer School sessions are ideal for PGRs at any stage in their research.

The sessions will be delivered by University of Liverpool academic staff as well as an extensive variety of external speakers and professionals, which will make for a thorough and diverse array of workshops, both in terms of content, objectives and delivery. We welcome speakers from various backgrounds, including professional training consultancies, published academics and educators in the arts, humanities and sciences, and even Broadway actors and speech delivery specialists.

The Summer School will start on 8th July, and run through until the 26th. See below for a full list of sessions and deliverers, and a link to our booking system with further, in-depth descriptions of individual session objectives and learning outcomes.

The Summer School is open to all PGRs at the University of Liverpool; but please note that places for sessions are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. This series of workshops, seminars and focus groups presents students from every discipline and research area with an excellent opportunity to further enhance your projects and professional and academic capabilities.

Summer School Events:

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Monday 8/7/13 10:30 – 13:00 Research Dissemination and KE (Dr Maria Flynn) FULL

• Tuesday 9/7/13 10:00 – 11:00 Planning and Writing a Research Proposal (Dr Paul Knox) FULL

• Wednesday 10/7/13 09:30 – 12:30 Collaboration (Dr Peter Kahn) SPACES LEFT

• Wednesday 10/7/13 14:00 – 15:00 Copyright, Open Access and Electronic Theses (Martin Wolf) SPACES LEFT

• Thursday 11/7/13 10:00 – 13:00 Principles of Research Finance (Dr Vanessa Sluming) SPACES LEFT

• Thursday 11/7/13 14:00 – 17:00 Identifying Funding Sources (Dr Vanessa Sluming) SPACES LEFT

• Monday 15/7/13 10:00 – 12:00 Structuring Argument (Dr Richard Hinchcliffe) FULL

• Monday 15/7/13 14:00 – 16:00 Time and Project Management (Dr Richard Hinchcliffe) FULL

• Tuesday 16/7/13 10:00 – 16:00 Women in Academia (Dr Aimee Blackledge) FULL

• Wednesday 17/7/13 09:30 – 12:30 Creating a Map to Research Success (Dr Nathan Ryder) FULL

• Wednesday 17/7/1313:30 – 17:00 Creativity in Research (Dr Nathan Ryder) FULL

• Thursday 18/7/13 09:00 – 12:00 Intellectual Property (Dr Charley Ward) SPACES LEFT

• Thursday 18/7/13 13:00 – 15:00 Intercultural Communication (Dr Aimee Blackledge & Dr Anna Chen) SPACES LEFT

• Monday 22/7/13 10:00 – 17:00 Public Speaking and Communication Skills for Academics (Steve Clarke – Speakeasy) FULL

• Tuesday 23/7/13 10:00 – 17:00 Public Speaking and Communication Skills for Academics (Steve Clarke – Speakeasy) BOOKING NOW OPEN – SPACES LEFT

• Tuesday 23/7/13 09:30 – 16:30 Quality Papers (Dr Pete Moore – Thinkwrite) FULL

• Wednesday 24/7/13 09:30 – 16:30 My Thesis (Dr Pete Moore – Thinkwrite) FULL

• Thursday 25/7/13 09:30 – 16:30 Writing Targeted Grants (Dr Pete Moore – Thinkwrite) FULL

• Friday 26/7/13 13:00 – 16:30 Building a Successful Academic Career (Dr Jen Allanson) FULL

Intercultural Communication: The Experience of Chinese Postgraduate Researchers

Date: 18th July 2013

Time: 13:00-15:00


Are you a postgraduate research student at the University of Liverpool who comes from China?

This one-day workshop will address a range of issues relevant to your experience as a research student. Together we will explore cross-cultural issues, addressing how these may affect relationships between supervisors and research students from China. Through exploring case studies and allowing time for discussions, we will examine strategies for students to work effectively with their supervisors.

The workshop will also include presentations from two Chinese postgraduate research students, who are near to completing their PhDs. They will discuss their personal experiences of pursuing a research degree at the University of Liverpool.

This workshop provides a day of reflection, networking and action planning; tea & coffee will be provided.




Viva Survivor – Tuesday 25th June, 13:00-1600


Nathan Ryder

The viva is the culmination of the PhD process: a lot of work has led to this point, but a feeling of anxiety can go hand-in-hand with the sense of achievement at completing one’s thesis. For many PhD candidates the time leading up to the viva is filled with stress about the day, and uncertainty about what their examiners may ask.

Viva Survivor is a session for postgraduate researchers close to submitting their thesis who want to get some ideas on how to be well prepared for their viva. During the session we will consider the purpose of the viva and how one can prepare for it. By the end of the session participants will:

  • be able to identify sources of support for their viva preparation
  • have developed strategies to prepare themselves and their thesis for the viva
  • have explored questions that are frequently asked in vivas

To book a place on the workshop go here:

Dr Nathan Ryder completed his PhD in Mathematics in 2008 (University of Liverpool) and has since worked freelance as a skills trainer and consultant. He has delivered training sessions to over 2500 postgraduate researchers and research staff. Nathan’s main interests are in creativity, collaboration, productivity and helping postgraduate researchers prepare for the viva. In 2012 he created the Viva Survivors podcast which features interviews with PhD graduates talking about their research and their viva. In January 2013 he published his first ebook, Fail Your Viva, a short guide on viva preparation which is currently available exclusively through the Kindle Store:

Annual Progress Report – Supervisory Meetings Record

We are aware that the supervisory meetings from the PGR Toolbox has had problems being pulled through into the Annual Progress Report which has been circulated to all PGRs. Our colleagues in Computing Services have now rectified this issue.  Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this has caused.

PGR Development Team & PGR Student Team