Introduction to Professional Development for Researchers

Do you want to learn more of the different process involved in completing a PhD?

Are you looking for opportunities to network with other researchers and learn more about their research?

Do you want advice to help plan your professional development to achieve personal goals?

This one-day workshop offers an induction into the research environment and professional development for postgraduate researchers and also offers valuable opportunities for networking with other PhD researchers across your School or faculty.

‘Gave us a really good summary of the most important aspects of our PhDs’
…   ‘promoted active thinking!’
‘This workshop was really informative – gained a lot especially organisation of my work’
‘Worked really well in getting us all to meet each other’
-Participants, Sept 2015.

During the workshop you will engage in a number of short, but active experiential leaning sessions that introduce the key skills essential to a successful PhD experience, including:

  • Project management and how to complete a PhD on time
  • Building professional research networks
  • Ways to build a successful relationship with your supervisor
  • Planning your professional development as a Researcher

All participants will be asked to present a one-minute summary of their research to the whole group. You will also learn more about the research undertaken across the University in this ‘min-conference’. Instructions for preparing this summary will be sent in a pre-workshop email.

>> Dates and Booking

This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills across the RDF, including the RDF subdomains A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, D1 & D2

Related Workshops:  As a new Researcher you may also be interested in:

Webinars for Effectively Using the PGR Toolbox – advice and guidance to help you start using these online tools.

Professional Development Workshops and further information for new PGRs – other workshops for new PhD researchers.

See also, Further information for PGRs new to Liverpool

Professional Development Workshops and further information for new PGRs

Do you want the opportunity to improve your skills in self-reflection, professional development planning and gain a greater knowledge of the wider research environment?
Do you want to practise and develop your communication, collaboration, time-management and networking skills to help progress with your research career?
Are you looking for an informal opportunity to network and discuss your research with other researchers?

PGRs in group activityPGR Development offers specific workshops and courses to help new postgraduate researchers in their transition into the research environment. These opportunities help new researchers identify and develop the knowledge, skills and personal qualities required for a successful research degree, build confidence and provide networking opportunities with other researchers.

These workshops and courses for new researchers are organised by individual Faculties and are listed below. All workshops take place in Liverpool.
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Further information and other guidance for new postgraduate researchers can be found on our website: http://www.liv.ac.uk/pgr-development/newpgrs/


Introduction to Professional Development for Researchers  

This workshop is for PGRs in either the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences or the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

This one-day workshop offers an induction into the research environment and professional development as a researcher.  The workshop provides a number of short sessions that introduce the key skills essential to a successful PhD experience, including:

  • Project management and how to complete a PhD on time
    •    Building professional research networks to progress with your research
    •    How to have a successful relationship with your supervisor
    •    Planning your professional development as a Researcher

**Please Note: For the Faculty Health and Life Sciences, these workshops are Faculty-wide and for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, these workshops are organised by individual Schools. For further information, dates and booking

Interdisciplinary Collaborations

This workshop is for PGRs in either the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences or the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

This one-day workshop offers an experiential learning opportunity to work in collaboration with other postgraduate researchers from different disciplines in order to produce and present a research proposal for an interdisciplinary conference. The event provides an opportunity to develop skills in communication, collaboration, time management and networking in a research context.

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences: These are faculty wide workshops and are offered in January – March 2016: For further information, dates and booking

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: These workshops are organised by School and are offered in May – June 2016: For further information, dates and booking

Academic Presentations

These half-day workshops are provided for all post-graduate researchers, but may be particularly useful for new researchers to gain confidence in delivering research presentations. The session offers an experiential learning experience to develop and gain advanced presentation skills within a supportive environment and aims to prepare PGRs for Annual Review presentations and other seminar and conference presentations.

**These workshops are offered periodically through the year, with specific arrangements for some Schools and Faculties:

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences and Faculty of Science and Engineering: Further dates will be offered during 2015-2016: For further information, dates and booking

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: These workshops are organised by School and are offered in March – June 2016: For further information, dates and booking

Communicating Research Online

We also offer two separate courses:

Communicating Research in the Sciences Online – for PGRs in the Faculties of Health and Life Sciences & Science and Engineering

Communicating Research in the Humanities & Social Sciences Online

These two courses are based entirely online and offer participants professional development and networking opportunities for participants who have difficulty attending workshops on the Liverpool campus.

For further information, dates and booking

First Year workshops in Science and Engineering (3- or 4-day workshops)

Workshops for PGRs in the Faculty of Science and Engineering

These three/four-day workshops offer an induction into the research environment and professional development. During the workshop you will work in teams to devise a novel interdisciplinary research project, write a project proposal, deliver a persuasive group presentation and take part in a peer review.

Workshops are organised for each School in the Faculty and all new PGRs should receive direct information from their School.

For further information

Delivering Academic Presentations in the Sciences- opportunities in October

We can now offer two new opportunities for the workshop ‘Delivering Academic Presentations’ for postgraduate researchers from the Faculties of Sciences and Engineering and Health and Life Sciences*.

* Further opportunities will be available in March/April for those in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

20th Oct 2015 – 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm  126 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool
23rd Oct 2015 – 9:00 am – 12.00   126 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool

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‘Practice makes perfect.’
This workshop will help you develop the essential presentation skills required to participate in the research community, to gain academic impact for your research and to further your career  as a researcher.

The workshop offers an opportunity to film and analyse your deliver methods for your own professional development and is based on a very successful session delivered at the School of Physical Sciences First Year Workshop.

‘Practicing giving presentation in less formal environment was great and good for confidence – seeing myself back (in video) is feedback’

‘I was not looking forward to having my presentation recorded but afterwards I found it was a really useful exercise’

Watching yourself on film is one of the most effective ways to improve your presentation skills and together you will learn how to use the experience to further develop as a presenter. We will work in small groups of around 7 participants and through friendly facilitated discussions you will gain feedback from fellow participants and the course tutor and also learn through watching and giving feedback to other colleagues.

Join us for an interactive workshop where you will explore how to:

  • Further develop your presentation skills
  • Engage with your audience
  • Create an effective structure
  • Effectively use PowerPoint, or other methods of data visualisation

Important preparation: You will need to prepare  a 5 minute presentation on your research, which includes an introduction to those working outside of your area of research.

This is a pilot version of a workshop that we expect to repeat in 2015-2016. While this is an interdisciplinary workshop, as part of the workshop evaluation, we will assess the benefits of the interdisciplinary environment for this training.

>> Further guidance on techniques for delivering effective presentations

The skills and abilities addressed in this workshop relate to sub-domains  B1, B2, B3, & D2 of the Researcher Development Framework.

Are you preparing for your future career?

PGR Development have now opened up the following courses and workshops for booking to help postgraduate researchers gain information to research options, develop a career plan and prepare for applications.

– see also further information on events offered by the Careers & Employability Service (and below)

These workshops are open to all PGRs at Liverpool.

Career Development Portfolio – 6-week Online Course

This course offers a very flexible way to prepare for your on-going career and produce a personal career plan. The 6 weekly emails take you through the steps of career management, with tips to network effectively, resources to research your options, advice to make effective applications, and notice of relevant upcoming events.

APRC101     20th Oct – 1st Dec 2015
APRC102     19th Jan – 1st March 2016
APRC103     12th April – 24th May  2016

Book in Liverpool Life  —      Further information about this course

Our aim with this course is to provide information and advice – we hope all participants can to select the resources or events most relevant to their needs

Half-day workshops on campus

We are repeating the popular half-day workshops offered in 2014-15, which have been highly recommended by attendees:

Follow links above for further information, additional dates in 2016 and to book on this event.
Further careers events are run by the Careers and Employability Service

‘This session has increased my self awareness, lots of theoretical underpinning to the session and a focus on self improvement – it was great!’

‘Very useful & stimulating. A nice environment to work and learn in and share ideas.’

‘Great workshop on networking. I’ve been continuously told about the importance of networking but have never received tips/advice before.’  —participants 2014-15.

Further workshops

We hope to offer the workshop ‘Building a Successful Academic Career’ later in the year, and this, along with any other related workshops, will be announced on this blog when we can confirm details.

Career & Employability service events

We now have information of a number of upcoming events from the Career & Employability service including:

  • Upcoming visits in Nov from AstraZeneca for final year PhD researchers,
  • 5 opporutnities for the 30 minute guide to improving your CV (PGRs) starting 20 Oct
  • Careers Fairs 14th Oct and 4th Nov

See our Upcoming Events area for mmore information.