Wishing you a stress-free break – with support in Liverpool for those who need it

We hope all post-graduate researchers can take a well-earned break at this time of year!

While many of you may be able to celebrate with friends or family, we realise that some may be mainly alone in Liverpool through circumstance or by choice. This can be a particularly lonely time of year. However, support is still available within the University and external services over this holiday period.

The link below lists recommended support if you have any health or wellbeing difficulties, or are concerned for a friend, together with a list of closure dates of  all university services :
https://student.liverpool.ac.uk/christmas-opening-hours

28 Dec 11- 2pm

On Saturday 28th December, 11am-2pm, Student services are hosting an event with cake and coffee, open to all students staying in Liverpool over the holidays.

Enhancing your presentation skills

How do you develop the skills to give research talks with ease and impress your audience?

Presentations are an important part of research communication,  but can be challenging for new researchers, particularly those lacking experience and confidence. Practice is often cited as a crucial method to improve your skills, but this is only one part of the development process.  You will also need to try out new ideas, in content and delivery and to regularly reflect and review your own performance.

From January onwards, we are offering a number of small group coaching sessions to help attendees review their presentation skills, recognise their assets and identify ways for future improvement. In each session, participants deliver a five-minute presentation, which is videoed, giving each a chance to view their own performance before gaining constructive feedback.

‘It was great to get positive, constructive feedback from different disciplines. Though I dislike being on camera, I admit that looking back at my own performance was very useful.’

Past participant 2019

Our sessions dates start in January. The following sessions are open for registration:

15 Jan  09:30 – 12:30 Delivering Academic Presentations
21 Jan  09:30 – 12:30 Delivering Academic Presentations

with further sessions on the 4th Feb, 18th Feb and 17th March.
full list of events for January.

NB Numbers are strictly limited for each session. Please only book if you are sure that you can attend.

Note for each workshop, you will need to prepare a 5-minute presentation to present at the workshop. Further guidance is sent by email a week before the workshop. You will gain the most benefit from this workshop if you have completed several months research and are preparing to present your work to colleagues. You will not need to present research findings or results in your presentation.

Tips for preparing presentations The LDC Development programme includes further workshops to help you prepare your presentations. Registration will open in early 2020, with links from the programme timetable.

11 Feb 09:30 – 12:30 Planning and Preparing an Effective
Research Presentation
24 Feb 12:30 – 13:30 Webinar: Enhancing your research presentations 1
– defining your message
02 Mar 12:30 – 13:30 Webinar: Enhancing your research presentations 2
– delivery
03 Mar 09:30 – 12:30 Effective Networking at Conferences

Our Presentations Theme page provides further online advice and other resources.

Peers for PhDs – December: Communication during the PhD

Tue, 10th December , 2019 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM GMT

Please register to help the group plan the session: Eventbrite registration

The theme of the sessionin December is ‘Communication’. Communication is vital for effective working relationships, but it is common for PhD students to experience challenges relating to verbal, written, or non-verbal communication in the workplace.

What is important to you when you communicate with peers, colleagues, and supervisors? How might verbal, written, or non-verbal communication issues impact your progress? Are you satisfied with the communication between you and your supervisor?

Come join us to informally discuss these issues and identify potential solutions.

Peers for PhDs aims to improve the wellbeing of PhD students by hosting regular group meetings and social events, so that postgraduate research students can support each other through the challenges of the PhD journey. It is a friendly and welcoming group, open to all current PhD students at the University of Liverpool.