PhD students invited to Summer Coffee Socials

All PhD students are invited for coffee and a chat at 92 degrees, Myrtle Street (opposite Vine Court) on:

  • Tuesday 6th August  – 1pm
  • Thursday 15th August  – 3pm
  • Monday 26th August – 1pm

                ‘Peers for PhDs’ aims to connect PhD students from across the university so that we can support each other through the ups and downs of postgraduate research. Campus can seem eerily quiet this time of year, so we’re hosting an informal series of Summer Coffee Socials instead of our usual monthly group meeting. This is open to any PhD student wanting to take a break, meet others and relax over a hot drink. If you’re new to Peers for PhDs, it’s the perfect way to get involved.

A group of PhD students began planning Peers for PhDs last Summer, and we held our launch event in October 2018. We typically meet monthly and discuss a different theme each time, as suggested by the group’s members. We’ve grown to more than forty member and have covered a range of topics including ‘First Year Woes’, ‘Lunchtime Destress’, ‘Protecting Your Mental Health’ and ‘Improving the Supervisory Relationship’. Research into the wellbeing of PhD students suggests that it is common for PhD students to lack opportunities to connect with others, leading to loneliness and increased stress. Social connections can often feel side-lined in a competitive academic environment, but we can all benefit from helping each other and making some new connections.

 You can join the Peers for PhDs mailing list by emailing hsrheah@liverpool.ac.uk and find the ‘Peers for PhDs’ on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/LivuniPGRsupportgroup

Posted by Shirley Cooper on behalf of Natasha Bradley, PGR Support Group.

Would you like to contribute to a study about research integrity?

Vitae is inviting researchers at all career stages (from PhD candidate upwards) to participate in a workshop looking at research integrity and researcher behaviour. The workshop takes place on Friday 9 August (pm) at the University of Manchester.

This workshop forms part of a study commissioned by Research England, on behalf of UKRI, led by Vitae in partnership with UKRIO.

Background

Research integrity means doing research in a way that ensures it is trustworthy and ethical. The 2012 Concordat to Support Research Integrity defines core elements of research integrity as:

  • Honesty
  • Rigour
  • Transparency and open communication
  • Care and respect for all participants in and subjects of research.

This study will consider

  • the effects of incentives in the research system on researcher behaviour in the context of research integrity,
  •  how these incentives are perceived by different stakeholders, and
  • the impact of these incentives on researcher behaviour and organisational practices more broadly.

As part of the project’s first stage, workshop outputs will help inform the design of future components of the study.

Outline workshop agenda, 9 August

  1. Welcome and introductions (15 min)
  2. Part 1. Discussion questions and brainstorming in small groups (1 hour)
  3. Refreshment break
  4. Part 2. Group activity, modelling the landscape of research integrity (1 hour)
  5. Part 3. Final reflections (15 min, individual basis, including option for anonymity)

For further information and to register for this event please visit https://www.vitae.ac.uk/events/research-integrity-workshop

You can also use this registration page to ask for updates on workshops in other parts of the UK and a researcher survey in the autumn.

This workshop is provided by Vitae . If you have further questions please use the obove registration form to contact Vitae directly.