New workshop and online course for First Year development

Need to complete the First Year development requirement this summer?

We have arranged the following two additional opportunities for first year students who have not yet completed the First-Year Development requirement or obtained exemption; a three-day workshop for those based on campus and a further online course for part-time and off-site students as follows:

First-Year Development Workshop  11th-13th June APRS016

This workshop is open to PGRs  from all Faculties.

—  Further details of these workshops, and pre-workshop preparation,

Booking is now open in Liverpool Life (further booking instructions)

Full-time students who are unable to attend this workshop will need to wait until September 2014. We expect to open booking for next year by late August.

First Year Development Online 22nd April to 30th June

This course is open to all part-time and off-site PGRs

–    Further information, eligibility criteria and booking form

This is a ten week course, which can be completed on a flexible basis, around the needs of your work or research projects, subject to an overall commitment of ~ 2 hours each week.

The course offers networking opportunities with other research students working part-time or off-campus, to share experiences, to exchange good practice on research skills, to present your own research online to students from other faculties, to learn more of other student’s research, and to offer and receive feedback on the online research presentations. The course is designed to meet the needs of part-time and off-site students.

To book your place, please use the mailing list form on the above link before the 17th April. (booking is not available through Liverpool Life)

NB We cannot accept course registrations after the start of the course.

Please see the PGR Development website for further information on all our other courses.

New PGR Events April – June 2014 – beginning with ‘Collaboration’

We have a new line-up of half-day events to offer postgraduate researchers starting with Collaboration on the 2nd of April delivered by Dr Peter Kahn.The session aims to increase your awareness of the importance of collaborative working to your research, and to careers within higher education. It will further look to develop your understanding of the nature of collaborative working in this setting, and explore practical ways for you to engage in and initiate processes of joint decision making and action.

Peter Kahn is a member of the Educational Development Team and has active research interests in relation to professional learning, continuing professional development and research-led learning. His interests take in collaborative working, academic development, learning theory, reflective practice, professionalism in medical education, widening participation and academic writings skills.

You can book onto Collaboration by clicking here and you can read more about the session by reading Peter’s handout collab_handout_PGRJuly2013

We then have the following PGR Events for April to June 2014:

Date/time Session Deliverer
2/4/14 – Wednesday 9.30 – 12.00 Collaboration Peter Kahn
14/4/14 – Monday 14.00 – 16.00 Project Management Briefing Richard Hinchcliffe
29/4/14 – Tuesday – 10.00 – 12.00 Starting Writing and Writers Block Alan Greaves
29/4/14 – Tuesday 14.00 – 16.00 Critical Thinking Richard Hinchcliffe
5/6/14 – Thursday 14.00 – 16.00 Managing your supervisor Richard Hinchcliffe
13/6/14 – Friday 10.00 – 12.30 and 14.00 – 16.00 Thesis Writing and Argument (Bookable seperately) Richard Hinchcliffe
17/6/14 – Tuesday 14.00 – 16.00 Managing your supervisor Richard Hinchcliffe
25/6/14 – Wednesday  10.00 – 12.00 Project Management Briefing Richard Hinchcliffe

There may be more events added so please watch this blog.


The Enterprise Champions Project – New Sessions in Career Development

The aims of the Enterprise Champions Programme are to give you opportunities to be fully informed on the skills and attributes necessary for enterprise and self-employment. There are three main sections to the programme:

  • Self-employment briefings are designed to give you the information required if you want to work for yourself, go freelance or start a business. 
  • Master classes cover specific business subjects and are facilitated by experts in their field with experience of starting and running a business.
  • Boot Camps contain intensive, interactive sessions on business planning; sales and marketing; finance; funding issues and investigation of various legal business frameworks.

These are all great sessions and free for all postgraduate researchers who may attend Enterprise Champions Project sessions as part of their Career Development Portfolio, though you do not need to be on the portfolio to attend. 

Bookings for each event can be made via the Careers Hub and refreshments will be provided at all events.

The project will deliver sessions in the following areas:

SELF-EMPLOYMENT BRIEFINGS – designed to give you the information you will need if you are wanting to work for yourself, freelance or start a business. You will have the opportunity at the end of the session be able to speak to our experts at our Business Clinic with any specific questions you may have relating to starting a business.

Event Date Time Venue
Setting up your business – Working for yourself Thursday 13 March 2014 1:00 – 4:00pm Seminar Room 1,Careers Employability Service, Building No. 502
Marketing for you and your business Wednesday 30 April 2014 1:00 – 4:00pm Seminar Room 1,Careers Employability Service, Building No. 502
The Entrepreneurs Mind-set – Have you got what it takes? Tuesday 03 June 2014 1:00 – 4:00pm Seminar Room 1,Careers Employability Service, Building No. 502

MASTERCLASSES – an “all you need to know” about specific business topics

Event Date Time Venue
Sales and Marketing for you and your business Wednesday 19 March 2014 1:00 – 4:00pm Taylor Room,Sydney Jones Library, Building No. 433
Presentation Skills for you and your business Thursday 27 March 2014 1:00 – 4:00pm Seminar Room 1,Careers Employability Service, Building No. 502
Business Planning Wednesday 02 April 2014 2:00 – 5:00pm Seminar Room 1,Careers Employability Service, Building No. 502
Finance for your business Thursday 01 May 2014 1:00 – 4:00pm Seminar Room 4,Management School, Chatham St. Building No. 427
Be the leader in your business! Tuesday 06 May 2014 1:00 – 4:00pm Seminar Room 1,Careers Employability Service, Building No. 502

BOOTCAMPS – intensive two-day learning experience

Event Date Time Venue
Boot-camp 1 Tues/Wed 08 & 9th April 2014 10:30am -4:30pm Seminar Room 1,Careers Employability Service, Building No. 502
Boot-camp 2 Thurs/Fri 05 & 6th June 2014 10:00am – 4:00pm Seminar Room 1,Careers Employability Service, Building No. 502

To book on these courses go to the Careerhub website at and log-in with your university username/password.

If you meet the full ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) criteria you can also access BUSINESS START-UP COACHING. This is available by appointment only so please email the Project Administrator, Shirley Wedgwood at

For full details of all these excellent opportunities and the ERDF criteria see the Enterprise Champions Programme of Events 2014