Announcing the New PGR Events Programme 2013/2014

PGR Development will be offering a number of events over the next academic year.  Our first three events focus on ways to effectively organise your time, record your developing ideas and communicate your research.  Places are limited to 24, so book early to avoid disappointment.  You can book by clicking on the workshop titles below.

We will announce when booking is open for the remainder of the events on the blog, so please ensure that you have subscribed.

If you have booked a workshop place and are no longer able to attend please contact as soon as possible to cancel you place.

Dates Time Event  
3 Oct 14:00-16:00 Time Management Booking Open
10 Oct 10:00-12:00 Starting a Research Blog Booking Open
18 Oct 14:00-16:00 Keeping a Research Journal Booking Open
25 Oct 10:00-12:00 Thesis Writing: part one
25 Oct 13:00-15:00 Argument Construction
7 Nov 13:00-15:00 My Liverpool: PGR Professional   Development
22 Nov 13:00-15:00 Effective Presentations: part one
5 Dec 9:00-16:00 Effective Presentations: part two
15 Jan 9:30-12:00 Managing the Supervisor Relationship
15 Jan 13:30-16:30 Viva Survivor
28 Jan 9:30-12:00 Writing for Publication
28 Jan 13:30-16:30 Critical Analysis of Research Papers

Time Management

3 October 2013


The autonomy you experience during the pursuit of your PhD is an attractive part of research; however, if you fail to manage your time successfully, the PhD can become a stressful experience.  This session we will consider how to effectively utilise your time by exploring how to:

  • Prioritise tasks and set objectives
  • Delegate tasks and learn how to say ‘no’
  • Use your natural working cadence to enhance your productivity
  • Ensure you have a manageable work/life balance
  • stop self-sabotage behaviour that contributes to procrastination

To prepare for the workshop, please bring the current method you use to organise your schedule (diary, tablet or phone).

Presenter: Dr Aimee Blackledge, Researcher Developer, PGR Development 

The skills and abilities addressed in this workshop relates to domain B (Personal Effectiveness) and subdomain B2 (Self-Management) of the Researcher Development Framework.

Starting a Research Blog

10 October 2013


Increasingly, academics are expected to communicate their research to a wider public by using social media.   This session explores the benefits of starting a blog, including how it can help you clarify and refine your research, establish new networks and raise your academic profile.  We will consider the practicalities of starting a blog.  During this session we will explore:

  • How to select appropriate content
  • Copyright and intellectual property issues
  • Using social media to promote your blog

Please bring a 300-word description about yourself and why you are pursing your research and a laptop or tablet with Wi-Fi capabilities, if possible.

Presenter: Dr Aimee Blackledge, Researcher Developer, PGR Development

The skills and abilities addressed in this workshop relates to domain D (Engagement, Influence and impact) and subdomain D2 (Communication and dissemination) of the Researcher Development Framework.

Keeping a Research Journal

18 October 2013


Regularly recording the development of your thoughts and research findings can help you reflect and refine your ideas.   A research journal is an important tool that ensures that you retain valuable thoughts and it documents your changing thought patterns.  During this session, we will explore:

  • How to start a journal, both paper and electronic
  • What information should be in a research journal
  • How to index your thoughts to help you find information
  • Various methods of recording information
  • How to re-read your journal and what to do with your reflections

Presenter: Dr Aimee Blackledge, Researcher Developer, PGR Development

The skills and abilities addressed in this workshop relates to domain A (Knowledge and intellectual abilities) and subdomains A1 (Knowledge base) and A2 (Cognitive abilities) of the Researcher Development Framework.