Researcher Cafe 23rd July and Research KnowHow sessions in July

Final Summer Research Café 23rd July 11am – call for presenters

The next Online Research Café will take place on the 23rd July at 11am. Research cafes are a great way to learn about new research and meet fellow researchers from across campus. Speakers can practice presenting their research to others and get feedback in a friendly environment. It’s also a good opportunity to try out presenting online. Presentations are short – ten minutes followed by a few minutes for questions and discussion.

If you’re interested in being a presenter, please email Sarah Roughley Barake:

Researcher KnowHow – events in July

The Researcher Knowhow Team are proving the following sessions in July:

  • Publishing and Open Research Springer Natures perspective, July 2nd 2.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Literature searching: tips and tricks July 6th 11.00am – 12.00pm
  • Research data management and reproducibility July 7th 10.30am – 11.30am
  • Responsible metrics in research assessment July 9th  2.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Choosing the right journal to publish in July 15th  11.00am – 11.45 am
  • Copyright and your thesis July 16th 11.00am – 12.00pm
  • Advanced Endnote July 22nd 11.00am – 12.00pm

Visit Researcher KnowHow for further details and to sign up.

Statistics and Knowhow

Further sessions on statistics are provided by the Knowhow team, which may be of interested to PhD researchers new to this area

They are offering 5 sessions running from 1st July to 15th July, which collectively cover choosing statistical tests, introduction to SPSS, understanding normal distributions and T-Tests and understanding and performing ANOVAs. You can either sign up for all 5 or just the sessions that will help you with your research.

For further details, see the Knowhow platform.

The ‘New-normal’ – what might this offer for your development plans?

What do you most need, for your work and well-being, post lock-down?

What new opportunities can you create post lock-down?

The lock-down is easing, although it may take months or years to return to the working life we consider ‘normal’. The University is currently making plans for a safe return to campus, but where the priorities for researchers will be to return to laboratories. Most conferences will be online in the coming months; you will be able to share research progress and potentially present online yourself, but there will be fewer opportunities for more conventional networking. Most teaching will be at best in blended format. The challenge in the short-term is to find new solutions to meet your needs or that provide a new experience to build upon.

The LDC Development programme will be totally online for the Autumn. We hope to repeat many of the popular online workshops in this period. We are also creating a new fully online set of induction workshops for those at the start of their PhD and are keen to retain the options for networking across disciplines, aspects that we consider central to our face to face workshops. Further details will be announced in coming months. Currently we are looking for tutors to support this delivery. We have an online workshop coming up as preparation, ‘ Facilitation in Practice ’. All are welcome to join this interactive session, to help us all explore the opportunities for teaching online.

24 June 10:00 – 12:00  Facilitation in Practice (Online Workshop)

You can also challenge yourself! As the researchers of the future you might consider how you might help shape the future of academic/research life. Consider what aspects of working life are missing in current working arrangements and what provision, new types of events or new use of social media, might support alternative arrangements in this online or ‘blended’ world? What does the online world offer that did not seem possible in the ‘old-normal’? You might share and discuss ideas with your peers to identify new ways to support your community. In this uncertain world, small steps can lead to big opportunities.

If you have bigger ideas for events to help other PhD researchers, we would be happy to talk through these with you and may even be able to help you put these into practice.

Believe in yourself! Your ideas might be unique … All big movements start with small steps.