CSD Workshops for Poster Day – Creating and Printing your Poster

In the run-up to Poster Day, Computing Services are delivering 6 workshops for PGRs who are unfamiliar with creating and printing a poster or who want instruction on good practice. The workshop covers how to create an effective poster, including layout, colour choices, image handling and the best use of fonts. The workshop will also guide you through the steps to print your poster. The title of the workshop is called:  Poster Day – Creating and Printing your Poster.

Places are booked on a first come, first served basis and should be made via https://help.liv.ac.uk

Here are the dates and times:

Tuesday 04/03/2014 (10:00 – 12:00)
Thursday 06/03/2014 (14:00 – 16:00)
Wednesday 12/03/2014 (14:00 – 16:00)
Thursday 13/03/2014 (10:00 – 12:00)
Monday 17/03/2014 (14:00 – 16:00)
Thursday 20/03/2014 (14:00 – 16:00)

Computing Services advertise their workshops here: http://pcwww.liv.ac.uk/csd/workshops/

When you make a booking, you will receive a confirmation email from the Helpdesk. One week prior to the event you will receive a second email to remind you of your booking. If you can no longer attend please cancel your place as there may be others that want to attend – remember there are only 12 places per workshop. This workshop is specifically for research postgraduates who are submitting a poster for the Poster Day event on 10 April 2014.

PGR Development complement this workshop with online support which you can find here:  http://pcwww.liv.ac.uk/~pgro/PosterPrep/index.htm

Part-Time Researcher Workshop


Date: 27 February 2014

Time: 9:30-16:00

Venue: 126 Mount Pleasant

In partnership with Vitae Northwest Hub, PGR Development are offering a workshop that has been especially designed for part-time researchers.  It will provide you with an opportunity to meet other part-time students, understand the part-time experience and also provide you with the following skills workshops:

  • Getting the best from a part-time supervisor
  • Planning      to manage your time

A typical programme for a day’s session:

09.30 Arrival   and networking
10.00 Welcome
10:05 Part-time   researcher success stories
10:15 Getting   to know you & objective setting
10.40 The   ethos and process of part-time research
11.15 Break
11.30 Skills   session 1: Getting the best from a part-time supervisor
13.00 Lunch
13.40 Introduction   to the afternoon
13.45 Skills   session 2 – Planning to manage your time
15.15 Break
15.25 Objectives   review
15.40 Action   planning
15.50 Q&A
16.00 Close

For further information visit: http://www.vitae.ac.uk/policy-practice/916-655481/Part-time-Researcher-Workshop.html

Places are limited so book your place as soon as possible, please fill out the form on the following webpage:



Poster Day 2013 – Aims and History

History of Poster Day

Poster Day has been running at the University of Liverpool for 10 years! Started by Professor Steve Flint as Faculty Director of Postgraduate Research for the Faculty of Sciences back in 2003 the event was first staged in the Victoria Building and run by Graduate School administration. Very soon it became a major event in the University’s calendar and in 2004 it was hosted in Mountford Hall.

posterday 003In 2009 organising Poster Day  became the responsibility of the PGR Development Team and Poster Day Online was added to give remote PGRs the oportunity to exhibit. Poster Day Online has since become a genuine event itself. In 2012 the event moved out of Mountford Hall to allow for its refurbishment. That meant moving to the Central Teaching Laboratory until Mountford Hall becomes available again in 2015. As a result we have difficulties trying to get everyone a place that wants to do Poster Day this year. If you can’t get a place because the register is full please fill in the Expression of Interest Form. We are working on this problem so please stay tuned.

Poster Day – Aims

The purpose of Poster Day is celebrate the postgraduate contribution to the university and the research envionment. In particular it helps to foster a vibrant research culture, and serve as a social and networking event for the free exchange of information, knowledge and feedback between different subject areas, departments, faculties, other Universities and employers. It is always a really friendly and supportive environment and has helped considerably to improve communications between widely differing disciplines.

Poster Day – Best Practice

In the new year and running up to Poster Day there will be hands on workshops run by Computing Services that will cover the technical element of poster creation (it’s dead easy!) and the more tricky bit on how to how to design a good poster. In the meantime check out our comprehensive resources for poster preparation. For some inspiration have a look at past winners of the competition.

As with conference or poster display it is most important that you follow the guidelines. Not to do so can disqualify you from the competition, which has strict judging criteria (currently under review).

There’s always a lot of variation in styles and approaches – we look forward to seeing yours on April 10th and in Poster Day Online 7th April – 2nd May 2014. I will leave you with my favourite poster, from 2007, showing how imaginative and unique you can be. It’s by Oliver Hill (now Dr Oliver Hill) from English.


Improvements to the PGR Toolbox

We are pleased to announce a number of improvements to the PGR Toolbox, following a survey on the PGR toolbox last spring and a subsequent meeting with PGR representatives in which we established a priority order for requested improvements. Computing services have now implemented  the following changes:

  • Inclusion of Whole supervisory team to meet Institutional requirements
  • Removal of the very restrictive character limit in the forms
  • Removal of the restriction on adding meetings out of sequence – However, please note the official policy is for you to maintain this record throughout  the year
  • The provision of views of the Portfolio of Activity for a selected date range and to allow more options for listing activities

The incorporation of the PGR Toolbox software into Liverpool Life should also have both improved access and offers an easier route to keep up to date with activities in PGR Development.

We hope the changes will make the software easier to use. If you have further suggestions, or if you are still encountering errors using the Record of Supervisory Meetings or the PGR Portfolio of Activity, please contact PGR development at pgro@liv.ac.uk.

New FAQs: Through the new Code of Practice, the University has implemented changes to the requirements for recording Supervisory meetings from 1st Sept. We have been working with the PGR Student Team to provide new FAQs to help address many common queries:

PGR Portfolio of activity: We now have two new guides on using the PGR Toolbox to help you use the Portfolio of Activity to prepare for your future career:

Further toolbox guides are available on our website: http://www.liv.ac.uk/pgr-development/further-development/toolbox/


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