Enterprise Events for PGRs 2016

Two events are coming up in July 2016 that will deal with different aspects of postgraduate research and enterprise. Enterprising behaviours and attributes are highly valued by all employers and they are a core element within the Researcher Development Framework (RDF). The RDF has an Enterprise lens that helps researchers understand the context of enterprise I the research community enables researcher to identify how they can grow and nurture these highly treasured skills. As researchers you all have them to some extent and both of the scheduled events aim to help you recognise and apply them.

Being Enterprising with Your Research One day event 13th July 2016

Presented by Scandinavian Stories

The aim of this one-day (six hour) session is to provide postgraduate research students with a toolkit for exploring how they can apply their research output and/or their skills as researchers to innovative ventures in entrepreneurial, intrapreneurial, and social enterprise contexts.

The workshop is broken into three, two-hour parts. Participants will work in groups during the workshop, and progress an enterprise idea whose genesis begins with an area of research in which one or more of the group members is active. The groups will have a choice about whether to focus on designing a product or service based upon their research, or to focus on a more academic pursuit such as establishing an innovative research group. (NB For the purposes of the workshop outline, we speak in terms of creating a product or service for which there must be an intended customer or beneficiary, the assumption being that the output from an academic pursuit such as a research group can be thought of as a product or service, aimed at a defined community who are the customers or beneficiaries.) At the end of the workshop, each group will pitch their enterprise idea to the wider cohort, covering all aspects of the work they’ve done during the workshop.

To book on this workshop – go here

Enterprise Bridge – One day event Friday 29th July 2016

Facilitated by Dr Richard Hinchcliffe, Geoff Banks, Fiona Geng

Enterprise Bridge is an intensive one day event for PGRs from any discipline allowing participants to work directly with employers on a short consultation project as part of a small team. The event lasts for one day.* The employers will be donating their time and expertise to Enterprise Bridge with a view to giving you an opportunity to test, develop and stretch your enterprise skills. You will be developing your skills around enterprise, engagement and impact including: innovation, creativity, problem solving, communication, project management, customer relationship, research skills and business acumen.

Enterprise Bridge – the day:

8.30: Networking breakfast – participants, business representatives and academics
9.30: Director’s welcome, introductions, what the exercise is about
10.00: Acting as consultants – teamwork and communication
11.00: Team prepares for meeting the client
11.30: first client meeting (opportunities for further consultation through the day)
12.00: Teamwork with break for lunch
3.00: Draft presentation
5.00: Evening presentations to clients – buffet reception and networking
7.00: close

*All partners in the workshop will sign a non-disclosure agreement allowing all participants, employers and research students, to work together freely but with confidential material.

You don’t have to be interested in business to gain valued experience from this event. An enterprising approach benefits research graduates wherever you go – into an academic or research career, into teaching, industry or self-employment.

To book on this workshop go here:

New workshops for those entering their final year or who are close to completion

We are now opening booking for the following two workshops for PGRs entering their final year or close to completion of their thesis.

These workshops also form part of the LDC Postgraduate Researcher Week and further details of that programme will be sent out by the Liverpool Doctoral college soon.

Please note: Both workshops are delivered by an external presenter. If you book a workshop, please record this in your diary/calendar and contact gssp@liv.ac.uk if you can no longer attend

Please following the links below to book a place.

PGR: Plan Your Final Year, 7th June 2016 09:15 – 12:30

The final year of PhD research can be difficult. Finishing research, thesis writing, viva preparations, job hunting – candidates have many different things to accomplish and balance. In this session, participants will be given practical tools and space to plan the time leading up to thesis submission and examination. Project planning concepts will be applied to personal situations and during this interactive workshop, participants will:
•    explore essential steps for planning;
•    identify the different goals and components of their final year;
•    start a plan detailing important targets and milestones.

>> Registration form

PGR: Viva Survivor  7th June 2016  13:15-16:30

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 or how to prepare.

Viva Survivor is a session for postgraduate researchers close to submitting their thesis who want to gain insight on how to be well prepared for their viva. In this session participants will:
•    identify sources of support for their viva preparation
•    develop strategies to prepare themselves and their thesis for the viva
•    explore questions that are frequently asked in vivas.

>> Registration Form

 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 nearly 5000 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

Further resources: PGR development offer a range of further resource to help those preparaing for their viva:

>> Preparing for your viva

Communicating Research and The Three Minute Thesis competition

‘Communicating Research: a multi-media online event’

the First University of Liverpool Three Minute Thesis competition

3rd  – 20th  May 2016

This event is now closed.

All members of the University and other colleagues are now invitied to visit this online event.

Access via:    


Logon: All staff can log on using their normal Uol username and password

Ask Questions: All Visitors can view the submissions and ask questions and submit feedback for emailed responses.

Vote: All registered University of Liverpool visitors can vote for their preferred submission for the combined prize for this online event. The best Three minute Thesis submissions will be invited to go forward to the competition final in June.

Audience: The event will be of interest to the full PGR community and also masters students and final year undergraduate students.

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