Part-time Teaching Opportunity to support our online course in Communicating Research in the Sciences

Would you like to learn and engage in online teaching and development in a paid part-time position?

Assistant Tutor for Communicating Research in the Sciences Online (0.1 FTE)

PGR Development have an opportunity for part-time support for our online course, primarily aimed at new researchers in the Sciences or Engineering. Full Course description

For this role you should be a PhD researcher in at least your second year, or have recently completed a PhD at Liverpool and are currently based in the University in either the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences or the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

The course is delivered over a ten-week period and we require a contribution of half a day per week to start the week of the 30th January. This role can be undertaken on a flexible basis at times to fit in with your research and other work. Within this role, you will work with the course organiser to develop and engage participants in online discussions, help the delivery of supplementary webinars and support participants to develop their communication skills through their ‘research blog’ or video produced in the course.

—  Further Tutor Details available on enquiry

Experience of participation in an online environment and teaching experience will be useful, together with knowledge of the difficulties faced by part-time or off-site students. Technical skills are not necessary for this post.

Guidance and informal training will be provided and the roles offer opportunities to explore teaching ideas within an interactive online environment.

If you would like further information about the course, please contact me, Dr Shirley Cooper directly at Shirley.Cooper@liverpool.ac.uk.

Applications

To apply for this position, please send a CV and covering letter to Dr Shirley Cooper Shirley.Cooper@liverpool.ac.uk by the end of 11th January 2017.

LDC PGR Development Careers Preparation Events – January – February 2017

19 JAN 09.15 – 12.30 Career Management
26 JAN 09.15 – 12.30 Developing Your Networking Skills
26 JAN 13.30 – 14.30 Webinar: Networking Skills
02 FEB 09.15 – 12.30 Developing Your Interview Skills
02 FEB 13.30 – 14.30 Webinar: Effective Interview Skills
03 FEB 8.30 – 5.00 Enterprise Bridge
16 FEB 09.15 – 12.30 Making an Impact in Work

The Need for Careers Preparation
The careers of doctoral graduates have never been more important for the future of the world. There are many more PhDs now than there are academic jobs out there in the developed world and this has been the situation since the start of the century. However, PhDs have the highest employability of any academic qualification and the world needs brilliant, multi-skilled, geniuses who can put together precise long and short- term projects and who can communicate their skills and their findings to expert and non-expert audiences. Not many PGRs or their Supervisors look at the expectations and learning outcomes for a doctorate – but the skills on view are very impressive. As the QAA state, typically, PhDs will be able to:

  • make informed judgements on complex issues in specialist fields, often in the absence of complete data, and be able to communicate their ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • continue to undertake pure and/or applied research and development at an advanced level, contributing substantially to the development of new techniques, ideas or approaches and will have:
  • the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations, in professional or equivalent environments.

To discover more about your employment prospects have a look at the latest research from Vitae (you will need to log in). The executive summary tells it like it is. All the more reason to be prepared and attend the following exciting career preparation events taking place in the next two months.

19 JAN 09.15 – 12.30 Career Management
(Half-day workshop) This thought provoking and interactive session will enable you to explore how employable you are, identify the work values that drive you and set personal and professional goals for the next 3 years. Along with creating a plan of action for you to maximise your potential both in and outside of work, it will give you some breathing space in a non-judgmental environment, providing tools to be honest with yourself about what you really want.
This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills outlined in the RDF subdomains B1, B2 & B3.
To book on this workshop go here:

26 JAN 09.15 – 12.30 Developing Your Networking Skills
(Half-day workshop) This fun and practical session will give you confidence to network effectively. We will help you develop your network map of current contacts and focus on what potential links you will need to make in the future to enhance your career. The session will provide practical techniques to structure your networking approach, enhance your rapport building skills using Neuro-Linguistic Programming Techniques and help you to identify and hone your ‘Elevator Pitch’ to promote yourself and your research. This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills outlined in the RDF subdomains B1, B3 & D2
To book on this workshop go here:

26 JAN 13.30 – 14.30 Webinar: Networking Skills, 13.30-14.30 UK Time
A practical webinar designed to help you identify ways to develop your networking ability and expand your support community. Objectives are:
How to identify and build your network
Explore how to use Information interviews
Utilise tips to network at conferences
Identify and hone your ‘Elevator Pitch’
Develop your rapport building skills
This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills outlined in the RDF subdomain B3.
To book on this workshop go here:

02 FEB 09.15 – 12.30 Developing Your Interview Skills
This interactive session will help you gain confidence in your ability to perform at interview, and manage your verbal and visual impact on others. It will explore what essential preparation you need to carry out before your interview and help you to identify and prepare for questions that you might be asked.

02 FEB 13.30 – 14.30 Webinar: Effective Interview Skills
This webinar is designed to boost your confidence and understanding of how to shine throughout the selection process

3 FEB 8.30 – 5.00 Enterprise Bridge
Enterprise Bridge is an intensive one day event allowing participants to work directly businesses on a short consultation project as part of a small team. Participation in the event can also lead to a work placement as part of the LDC Placement Scheme.img_0636 A non-disclosure agreement allows all participants, employers and research students, to work together freely but with confidential material. Businesses donate their time and expertise to Enterprise Bridge with a view to giving you an opportunity to test, develop and stretch your enterprise and consultancy skills. One employer at Enterprise Bridge said it was ‘a unique and refreshing outlook from academically minded individuals on our business challenge.’ It will allow you to develop experience around enterprise, engagement and impact including: innovation, creativity, problem solving, communication, time and project management, customer relationship, research skills and business acumen.
We have four businesses ready to participate and offer their separate challenges:
Aspire Mentorship – London based medical training organisation
Rampworx – Liverpool based skate park
Qualpak – manufacturer and distributor of flexible packaging products
Odin Events – Dales based Entertainment Solutions company

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
An enterprising approach benefits research graduates wherever they go – into an academic or research career, into teaching, industry or self-employment. Previous participants said:
‘The most valuable for me was, working with real enterprise. Real problems and coming up with real solutions.’
‘It is the best PGR day workshop I have attended in recent times.’
Read the report on Enterprise Bridge here:enterprise-bridgepostwkspreport1
This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills outlined in the RDF subdomains B3, D1, D2, D3,
To book on this workshop go here:

16 FEB 09.15 – 12.30 Making an Impact in Work
Along with looking at levels of self awareness, listening skills, assertiveness and performance in meetings; we will introduce you to Emotional Intelligence and how it influences relationships and performance within a work environment. The session will also give you ideas on how to plan for your career development within an organisation, helping you to think about who to influence and how.

To book on this workshop go here.

 

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PGR Development workshops for 2017 – communicating your research inside and outside the University

PGR Development have now opened booking for workshops in January and February 2017. Full details, including dates and links to booking forms are provided on our Timetable

This programme includes new workshops and courses to help your communicate your research within and outside your field, in addition to further dates for the career related workshops and the webinars offered this Autumn.

Communicating your research

Presenting for Public Engagement14 Feb This full day workshop offers experiential learning in advanced presentation skills techniques and aims to prepare PGRs for presenting their research to wider public.

Preparing poster presentations19 Jan16 Feb What makes a good poster, and how do you maximise this opportunity to generate discussion around your research topic? This half-day workshop  offers experiential learning in poster design and presentation skills.

Communicating Research in Humanities and Social Sciences Online 30 Jan – 10 April 2017

Communicating Research in Sciences Online 30 Jan – 10 April 2017

These are two Ten week online courses that offer participants opportunities to develop and share their own research and PhD related issues in a supportive and structured online environment. A direct outcome of the course is a ready-made blog for those researchers interested in sharing their research with the wider public.

See also  the repeated offering of our half day sessions on ‘Delivering Academic Presentations’ and  the webinars on research writing and delivering effective presentations. See our Timetable for information.
The following introductory workshops also offer practice in communicating your research:

Public Engagement in the Research Environment 18 Jan

Introduction to the Research Environment 1st Feb

Careers support

We offer new dates for the five half day careers workshops, from ‘Career Management’, 19 Jan to Developing Your Networking Skills, 26 Jan,  to ‘Preparing Academic applications’in March,  together with two new webinars:

Networking Skills, 26 Jan 13.30-14.30  – A practical webinar designed to help you identify ways to develop your networking ability and expand your support community. A practical session to gain confidence in your ability to network effectively.

Effective Interview Skills 2 Feb 13.30 – 14.30 -This session is designed to boost your confidence and understanding of how to shine throughout the selection process.

November is Academic Writing Month. Kick your academic writing into gear!

Do you have a thesis to write, but are daunted by the task?
Or do you find yourself procrastinating, doing everything but write?

Developing a regular writing practice is the key to writing success. But you don’t have to do this alone. Join other PGRs as we develop a writing strategy, and a regular writing habit. Come along for mutual support, and a chance to pick up or pass on tips and tricks for successful writing, whether that is for writing your thesis, a paper, a grant application or any other writing you want to get done. And who couldn’t do with a little peer support at times? Join our #AcWriMo writing group, every Monday throughout November. Or join the #suwtues crowd at 92DegreesCoffee on the first and third Tuesday every month.

First #AcWriMo meeting Monday 31st October
3:30pm in CPD room 4, CTH

Next “shut-up-and-write” Tuesday 15th November
10-11am @92DegreesCoffee

Writing that PhD

Writing is an integral part of your PhD. The end product of your hard work and research is the thesis, an extensive piece of writing. The thesis is a larger piece of writing than you will have ever done before and can be a daunting task for anyone. The key to success is to break it down into smaller, more manageable sections, and to work on it regularly throughout your PhD.

Do not wait until you have all of your data collected,
all of your references read, and your time nearly used up!

Writing regularly will not only add words to your thesis, but more importantly will let you develop your ideas and help you find your voice as an academic author. But how do you get motivation to keep writing week in and week out? This is where shut-up-and-write comes in….

Shut-Up-And-Write (#suwtues)

This idea originated in San Fransico, with a group of writers getting together to write regularly in a social setting. The idea is simple, writing does not have to be done in isolation. The writers meet and do as the title says – they shut up and write – for an hour, followed by a chat over coffee. This idea has been enthusiastically embraced by academics all over the world as a way to make regular progress on thesis writing, paper writing, book writing and more. The Thesis Whisperer gives a great explanation of how and why it works. There is now a large on-line Shut-Up-And-Write community on Twitter (#suwtues), which meets virtually on the first and third Tuesday every month to cheer each other on for an hour of writing. And many groups around the world meet in person, including here in Liverpool where we meet at 92DegreesCoffee, to join other #suwtues writers from 10-11. It is amazing how much writing you can get done in just an hour of dedicated writing time!

Next #suwtues meeting 15th November. We start writing at 10.
Please arrive at least 10 minutes before to get settled in.

Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo)

If you don’t know where or how to get started with your academic writing, you need some clear goals, or want some help drafting a writing strategy, why not join in with Academic Writing Month this year? Since 2011, the people behind PhD2Published have been promoting November as Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo). The idea is to commit to a specific writing goal, whether that is a chapter of your thesis completed or a certain amount of time spent writing or something else, and to declare that goal publicly. Make it a goal that stretches you a bit, and that helps you develop a regular writing practice. In support of #AcWriMo this year, we are setting up a weekly writing group meeting here at Liverpool. The first meeting will be Monday 31st October at 3:30-4:30pm where we will set goals and draft a writing strategy for the month. We will continue to meet every Monday at 3:30pm throughout November to keep each other on track. Why not join us and see how much you could get done in a month of regular writing, you might surprise yourself!

Dates and locations for #AcWriMo writing group meetings:
31/10  CPD room 4, CTH
07/11  room 116, 126 Mount Pleasant
14/11  room 303, 126 Mount Pleasant
21/11  CPD room 4, CTH
28/11  room 202, 126 Mount Pleasant
We always start at 3:30pm, please arrive 10 minutes early to get settled in.
And don’t forget to bring some writing to do!

So what is your excuse for not writing?
Get started today, and make it a regular habit.

Booking opens for the PGR Development Programme for Autumn 2016

PGR Development are pleased to announce the time-table for Autumn 2016 for our workshops, webinars and online courses.

Timetable: You can see a chronological list of events and dates and a link to book your workshop on our website at

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/pgr-development/offering/catalogue/

Please Note: The workshops ‘Taking ownership of your PhD’, ‘Introduction to the Research Environment’ and ‘Public Engagement in the Research Environment’ are intended for new PGR students and represent a re-naming of the workshops, ‘Introduction to the research Environment’ and ‘Interdisciplinary collaborations’ that were offered last year.

Highlights of the programme for this autumn include (follow links for booking):

Practical Thinking for Researchers  – Delivered by Dr Adrian West. This workshop explores at the craft of “thinking” and the different ways we can approach that systematically to be more effective thinkers

And New Careers-related webinars,

Using LinkedIn to manage your Career 3rd Nov 1:30 – 2:30 pm and
Developing Effective CVs & Applications8th Dec 1:30 – 2:30 pm

We recently announced dates for upcoming careers workshops and our online course. Please see our previous blog for further details:

Preparing for your future career – opportunities in Autumn 2016

Webinars

We are also continuing and enhancing our webinar series. For further details please see the timetable for booking information.

31st Oct  Research Writing: maintaining motivation for your writing 12:30 – 13:30
7th Nov   Research Writing: communicating your research effectively  12:30 – 13:30
21st Nov    After the DNA now what? Creating your own plan of professional development  12:30 – 13:30
28th Nov    Enhancing your Research Presentations  12:30 – 13:30
5th Dec    Project Management for PhD Researchers – an Introduction  12:30 – 13:30

Academic Presentations: We  are continuing our workshops on Delivering Academic Presentations with workshop coming up on the dates, 26th Oct, 24th Nov and 8th Dec. Again view the timetable for booking information.

Finally, don’t forget, LDC Postgraduate Researcher Week, 10th -14th Oct contains many workshops and related sessions to help enhance your experience as a researcher at Liverpool.

Preparing for your future career – opportunities in Autumn 2016

Below we describe a range of opportunities, workshops and courses, to help you plan and gain relevant experience for your ongoing career. These opportunities are available to all PGRs at all stages of their degree. This year we are pleased to introduce  career-focussed webinars delivered by an external consultant.

Career day at the LDC Researcher week

 The LDC Postgraduate Researcher Week has a careers focus on Friday 14th October with sessions that include ‘What the statistics say & PGR development opportunities’, ‘What come next? PGR Careers’ and ‘Starting up! An introduction to Enterprise’.
>> Further details and registration

Career Planning:

The next online course this academic year for those wanting to develop a personal career plan is APRC101, running from 24th October – 5 December 2016.

>> further details and registration (Registration is through Liverpool Life)

You can access the PGR Development Career Management Skills Resources independently of all courses and workshops.

Workshops and Webinars

Please follow the links for further details and to book a place on the following workshops:

Career Management  20th Oct am >> Registration form
Developing Your Interview Skills 3rd Nov am >> Registration form
Developing Networking Skills  3rd Nov pm >> Registration form
Making an Impact in Work  24th Nov am >> Registration form
Making Academic Applications 8th Dec am >> Registration form

We also provide two new webinars in this area:

Using LinkedIn to manage your Career 3rd Nov 1:30 – 2:30 pm
>> Registration form

Developing Effective CVs & Applications 8th Dec 1:30 – 2:30 pm
>> Registration form

In addition,  the Careers & Employability service provide the following workshops:

Postgraduate Research (PhD/MRES) students: 30 minute guide to improving your CV –
21st Oct  11:15 am
15th Nov  12:15 pm,
30th Nov  2:15 pm,
15th Dec   2:15 pm,
– booking will open via the CareerHub one week in advance.

Placements and other Opportunities

The Liverpool Doctoral College is continuing its  Placement scheme in 2016-2017. Further details will be provided in LDC Researcher week. See  the LDC intranet for further details.

Teaching opportunities in local Schools: the University of Liverpool Widening Participation are working with the Brilliant Club, to offer a part-time placement opportunity to teach   short sessions in schools, to introduce your research to secondary school pupils. For further information please come to the next introductory  event:

Widening Participation and Outreach Team17th Oct 1pm  Careers and Employability centre, 150 Mount Pleasant.

The Brilliant Club – Tutor Information session 17th October

1 -2 pm 17th October,
Careers and Employability centre, 150 Mount Pleasant
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Please email Ben Toleman at  email  at btoleman@liverpool.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

The Brilliant Club Placements: A paid opportunity for PhD researchers to teach their own research!

Widening Participation recently engaged in a pilot project with the Brilliant Club to support a new school based Outreach programme and are now offering places on an extension of this programme.

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small tutorial groups of high-performing pupils in schools that serve communities with a low participation rate in Higher Education.

Tutors are placed in a school to work with two groups of four or six high-performing pupils, delivering a series of tutorials that takes them beyond the curriculum and help to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition necessary to secure places at top universities. Tutors will be supported by a training programme consisting of two full-day sessions and will accompany their pupils on a university trip, which will include their introductory tutorial.

In addition to earning £450 per placement, successful candidates will gain valuable teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of the UK education system and develop a programme of tutorials drawing on elements of their own research with a chance to disseminate it to a non-expert audience. As well as this, they will also join a cohort of like-minded researchers who are interested in widening access to highly-selective universities.

If you have any queries please contact Ben Tolemon, Widening Participation at btoleman@liverpool.ac.uk.

PGR Development website and programme for 2016-17

PGR Development web site – important changes

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/pgr-development/

The PGR Development website has had a major restructuring for 2016-17, which we hope will make it easier for PGRs and staff to find essential information about  our programme offering and guidance on the PGR toolbox. Three main sections are affected by these changes:

webinarlistProgramme 2016 – This new section provides an introduction to our programme and the list of workshops, webinars and courses that we will offer in 2016-2017. The section also includes a list of our online resources and a guides to the University resources for professional development organised to the Researcher Development Framework. Follow the links below for details.

Please note: Only one workshop is currently available for booking as below. We are still finalising the main programme and we expect to announce workshop dates  and open booking in September or early October.

Your Development This is a new section that introduces professional development for postgraduate researchers, with guidance to help researchers start the process. The section also describes the specific parts of our programme for new researchers and advice for international researchers.

PGR Toolbox –This section introduces the PGR Toolbox and software contained within this part of Liverpool Life, together with the institutional requirements and further links to our supporting online tutorials.

Delivering Academic presentations 20 Sept 1-4 pm  

Booking is now open for this  half-day workshop which offers an experiential learning experience to develop  and gain advanced presentation skills within a supportive environment.

>> Booking form

Places are limited but we will be offering this workshop regularly during 2016-17

The Brilliant Club – Tutor Information session 22nd Aug

1 -2 pm Monday 22nd Aug
Careers and Employability centre, 150 Mount Pleasant
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Please email Ben Toleman at  email  at btoleman@liverpool.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

The Brilliant Club Placements: A paid opportunity for PhD researchers to teach their own research!

We have recently engaged in a pilot project with the Brilliant Club to support a new school based Outreach programme and are now looking to extend this programme.

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small tutorial groups of high-performing pupils in schools that serve communities with a low participation rate in Higher Education.

Tutors are placed in a school to work with two groups of four or six high-performing pupils, delivering a series of tutorials that takes them beyond the curriculum and help to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition necessary to secure places at top universities. Tutors will be supported by a training programme consisting of two full-day sessions and will accompany their pupils on a university trip, which will include their introductory tutorial.

In addition to earning £450 per placement, successful candidates will gain valuable teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of the UK education system and develop a programme of tutorials drawing on elements of their own research with a chance to disseminate it to a non-expert audience. As well as this, they will also join a cohort of like-minded researchers who are interested in widening access to highly-selective universities.

If you have any queries please contact Ben Tolemon, Widening Participation at btoleman@liverpool.ac.uk.

Part-time Teaching Opportunities to support and enhance PGR Development provision

Would you like to enhance your teaching portfolio with experience in professional development?

Are you looking for opportunities to practice and enhance your facilitation techniques in paid part-time teaching?

PGR Development would like to expand the involvement of researchers within the programme of professional development and are looking to expand the number of paid opportunities for PhD researchers to gain teaching experience within this area.

To achieve this we are inviting interest from current PhD students who are interested in involvement in any of the following areas:

  • Developing your own workshops, with support from PGR Development
  • Developing shorter sessions, on your own or with colleagues, that are part of longer workshops or for webinars
  • As Assistant tutor in PGR Development Programme on workshops such as:
    • One day workshops for new researchers on campus
    • Online courses on ‘Communicating research’
    • Webinar support for the development of new sessions or assistance in delivery
    • Half day presentation sessions on campus

If you have any further ideas please sign up to our expression of interest form below and add a summary of your ideas to this form in the space provided.

Guidance and informal training will be provided for any acceptable proposals, through our Facilitation workshops and in further small group sessions.

Note: we can only support development in professional development, as opposed to subject training and our workshops are offered at either Faculty level or to PGRs from across the University.

Any teaching delivery normally takes place on campus, but would be on a flexible basis at times to fit in with your research and other work.  All delivery would be administered and marketed by PGR Development.

If you are interested to explore or gain further involvement in any of the opportunities listed above, please add your name to our expression of interest form.

Expression of interest form

We will contact all on this list and arrange small group sessions to help you learn more of the opportunities within our programme or to develop your ideas.