Are you prepared for your future career?

The LDC Development team offer various workshops, webinars and other resources to help your career preparation and which you can access at any stage of your PhD.

Workshops and webinars

We still have some places on the following workshops coming up this Autumn:

26 Oct 09:15 – 12:30 Developing Networking Skills
31 Oct 09:15 – 12:30 Career Management
02 Nov 09:15 – 12:30 Developing your Interview Skills
23 Nov 09:15 – 12:30 Making an Impact in Work
07 Dec 09:15 – 12:30 Making Academic Applications

And the two webinars:

02 Nov 13:30 – 14:30 Webinar: Networking Skills
07 Dec 13:30 – 14:30 Webinar: Using LinkedIn to manage your career

Online Resources

Our online resources will help you create your own career plan, to help you select the events that might your career preparation and find out  further information that will help you make informed choices.

Career Management Skills Resources

The ‘What Next’ video may also help you select your future career: The ‘What Next?’ Video

Careers and Employability service

Finally, don’t forget that the Careers and Employability service offer a wide range of events, particularly with local employers, which will be of particular interest to those seeking a career outside of academic life.

See further information in the CareerHub (requires registration and login)

Developing your Academic Writing

Autumn is here and nights are drawing in. With wind and rain outside, this is a perfect time to get on with writing. Whether you are working on thesis chapters, annual reports, manuscripts for publication or any other academic writing, we have support available for you. Just follow the links below to book your place.

Overcoming Writer’s Block – 18 October
All writers have times when they get stuck, when the words don’t seem to flow and you feel frustrated. New on our programme this year, is a workshop to help you overcome this Writer’s Block. The workshop is led by Dr. Alan Greaves who has extensive experience both as a psychotherapist and an academic writer. The workshop offers solution based ideas and discussion in an informal and confidential setting, giving you the tools to overcome blocks and make progress on your writing.

Overcoming Writer’s Block with Dr. Alan Greaves – 18 October

Academic Writing Group – starting 16 October
Often we know we should be writing, but there just never seems to be a good time to do so. Too many other distractions get in the way. The Academic Writing Group sessions are designed to give you the time and space to further develop your writing practice in a supportive setting. Here a group of academic writers, from novice to expert, come together to share ideas and to write, providing peer support for each other. By being part of a community of academic writers, you can build your confidence as a writer. The group meetings are held twice per month, starting on 16th October.

First meeting – 16 October

BiteSize Thesis
If your PhD thesis is at the forefront of your mind, why not check out our BiteSize thesis writing sessions. Hosted by Dr. Eli Saetnan, this series of brief workshops will guide you through specific aspects of thesis writing including thesis structure, editing for clarity, making the most of your reading, and being a productive thesis writer. Workshops include brief presentations by Eli along with opportunities for you to practice some of the aspects discussed.

Thesis format and structure – 17 October
Edit for clarity – 19 October
Read, write, repeat – 24 October
Overcoming writer’s block – 26 October

Webinars
Sometimes all you need is some advice and guidance to get started and a chance to discuss options with fellow PGRs. In that case, check out our upcoming webinars where Dr. Shirley Cooper discusses developing your writing practice from initial notes to final editing and advice on writing for publication. The webinars combine a brief presentation by Shirley with a chance to ask questions and discuss options with fellow participants.

Maintaining motivation for your writing – 20 November
Communicating your research effectively – 27 November

Thesis Writing for International Students
These sessions are hosted by the English Language Centre and include analysis of text as well as exercises designed to develop your vocabulary and grammatical accuracy. For more information on these sessions, get in touch with the English Language Centre.

Postgraduate Researcher Week 9-13 October 2017

Join us for a week of bespoke workshops and wider events for both new and more advanced researchers.

Full Programme


New Researchers

Postgraduate Researcher Week offers a wide range of events that serve as a welcome for new researchers and aim to help you learn more about the training and development opportunities available to you as a postgraduate researcher at the University of Liverpool.

The LDC Development Team is offering the following events for new researchers:

Taking Ownership of your PhD –  10th  Oct,    12th  Oct

This one-day workshop offers new researchers the opportunity to explore how to take ownership of the PhD. Through discussions and activities, you will identify the milestones and planning processes involved in pursuing a PhD and learn how to successfully work with your supervisor. You will also have an opportunity to introduce your research to fellow researchers and plan personal objectives in order to achieve your longer-term professional ambitions.

Webinar: Effectively Using PGR Toolbox  – 11th Oct 1pm
This lunch-time webinar aims to help new PGRs make effective use of the PGR Toolbox in Liverpool Life.  We will provide an overview of the key systems and processes and step-by-step instructions with a live demonstration.  There will be time for questions and answers throughout the webinar.

Solving the Challenges of Part-Time Research- 13 Oct-14.00-15.00– This workshop is open to all part-time researchers and offers the opportunity to share your experiences and explore potential solutions to any problems you are facing.

For more Advanced Researchers

There are a variety of sessions running during the week including, Your Thesis: why you should start your writing now!, Planning your Final Year, Thesis writing afternoon and Viva Survivor.  There are also several careers oriented events for those considering their future after their PhD.

Thesis Writing, Public Engagement, Career events and other workshops coming up in October

The LDC Development team has announced the timetable for Autumn 2017, with booking open up to the end of October. See our web timetable for full details.

The specific events that we wish to highlight include:

Thesis writing workshops: These workshops are aimed at second and third year researchers who have begun their writing. They are a repeat of the Thesis Writing workshops offered previously, for those prepared to come and do some writing!

17 Oct 10:00 – 12:00 BiteSize Thesis: format and structure
19 Oct 14:00 – 16:00 BiteSize Thesis: edit for clarity
24 Oct 10:00 – 12:00 BiteSize Thesis: read, write, repeat
26 Oct 14:00 – 16:00 BiteSize Thesis: overcome writer’s block

You may also be interested in two sessions offered in Researcher week,

Your Thesis: why you should start your writing now! 9 Oct     14.00-15.00
Thesis writing afternoon 10 Oct   13.00-17.00

See the Researcher week timetable for more details.

Workshops for Public Engagement: A webinar and workshops to learn more about public engagement and to help you apply for funding and plan your own public engagement project.

17 Oct 12:30 – 13:30 Webinar: Introduction to Public Engagement
25 Oct 13:00 – 16:30 Public Engagement Incubator
02 Nov 13:00 – 16:30 Designing a Public Engagement Project using Design Thinking

Workshops to start your Career preparation: Our programme includes a range of half-day workshops and webinars for those preparing for their ongoing career, whatever stage of your PhD you are in.

26 Oct 09:15 – 12:30 Developing Networking Skills (tbc)
31 Oct 09:15 – 12:30 Career Management
02 Nov 09:15 – 12:30 Developing your Interview Skills
02 Nov 13:30 – 14:30 Webinar: Networking Skills

Additional workshops in this series are listed on the LDC Development timetable.

Career related events are also included in the Researcher week timetable.

Further workshops:

Further workshops in the programme include:

Delivering Academic Presentations is a small group workshop for those who are already preparing a research presentation. There is a small amount of preparation required to make the most of this half day workshop

18 Oct 13:00 – 16:00 Delivering Academic Presentations

Exploring Intercultural Communication: This is a joint webinar with XJTLU (and hence the early start) for those who feel who are facing language or cultural barriers in their research. We will addresses both the advantages of  adapting to a new cultures and solutions to help overcome problems.

24 Oct 09:30 – 10:30 Webinar: Intercultural Communication in the PhD
– support with language and culture barriers

Workshop for part-time researchers – this workshop, offered in Researcher week, is open to all part-time researchers to share their experiences  and solutions to any problems they have faced.

Solving the Challenges of Part-Time Research 13 Oct    14.00-15.00


LDC Development Team.

Do you teach? Develop your practice and get recognition!

PGR in front of a class

Many postgraduate researchers get involved with teaching during their studies. You may have opportunities to work as a demonstrator in practical classes or as a tutor leading small group tutorials. Or maybe you have the opportunity to develop lectures for larger group, assist in marking and assessment or supervising junior research students.

New to teaching?

Taking on such responsibilities can be a daunting task for anyone, but you are not alone. There is a lot of support available, including a series of workshops delivered by the Academic Development team. We start the autumn term with workshops for new demonstrators (26th and 28th September) and a workshop on small group teaching (27th September). Details and booking can be found here: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/cll/booking/

Experienced GTA?

For those of you with more teaching experience, we offer a scheme to help you develop your teaching skills further. Our GTA Recognition Scheme is aimed at PGRs with at least one year of teaching experience, and leads to recognition as Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Becoming an Associate Fellow of the HEA allows you to use the post-nominal letters AFHEA, and signals to potential future academic employers that you have some experience in teaching and that you approach your teaching in a research-informed and reflective manner. HEA Associate Fellowship is recognised throughout UK Higher Education, and may also be useful if you are planning to look for academic work within Europe. It is less well recognised further afield, but one of the key aims of this programme is that it helps you to become a better-informed and more reflective teacher, and this is likely to make you a more credible candidate for any role that involves teaching in Higher Education.

The GTA Recognition Scheme involves two compulsory workshops (4 October and 8 May) and a series of 5 monthly group meetings. For more information or to sign up for the scheme, get in touch with Dr. Eli Saetnan (saetnan@liverpool.ac.uk).
Deadline for registration on the GTA Recognition Scheme is 15th September.

Further details

For more information on GTA training, including dates of all workshops for 2017-18 and details for the GTA Recognition Scheme, check out the current GTA handbook by following the link below or contacting Dr. Eli Saetnan (saetnan@liverpool.ac.uk).

GTA handbook 2017_18

New Workshops in Facilitation and opportunities for paid practice in professional development workshops

Facilitation is an extremely useful skill for a researcher, to help manage meetings and work with others, particularly if you work in teams, work with people as part of your research or have opportunities in public engagement. It is also an extremely useful skill to be able to demonstrate for your future career.

The LDC Development Team is offering a new series of short workshops for September/October to help attendees gain and practise skills in facilitation. The series begins with a webinar to help you learn more about facilitation, followed by workshops focuses on specific aspects and practice to learn and practise some  essential techniques in facilitation. The series includes two workshops to help you  apply the techniques to develop your own teaching sessions that focus on experiential learning.

The workshops are as follows (click on the link for further details and registration):

Date Time Title
06 Sep 12:30 – 13:30 Introduction to Facilitation
07 Sep 13:00 – 15:00 Asking Good Questions as a Facilitator
20 Sep 13:00 – 15:00 Becoming a Facilitator
21 Sep 13:00 – 15:00 Facilitating Meetings
04 Oct 13:00 – 15:00 Designing & Facilitating Experiential Learning Exercises
05 Oct 13:00 – 15:00 Designing & Facilitating Development Workshops

Note: Attendance at the webinar is recommended for attendance at the other workshops. Some of the workshop replace the full-day workshop, ‘Facilitation Methods and their Application in the Development of PGRs’ presented in 2016/17. The webinar and workshops will be repeated later in 2018.

New Development Tutor Scheme

The workshops are open to all postgraduate researchers at Liverpool and you can register for each workshop singly, or you can attend these workshops in preparation for the new Development Tutor Scheme  that is being offered to postgraduate researchers in 2017-18. The scheme includes:

  •  training in facilitation,
  • observation sessions,
  • paid engagement at workshops, including assisting in LDC Development team webinars, but you are encouraged, and supported, to design and deliver your own short workshops
  •  the development of online materials to support the postgraduate community at Liverpool.

Registration for this scheme formally opens at the start of Oct 2017, but you can view further details of the scheme on our website:
https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/pgr-development/offering/tutors/

LDC Development Team

Write that Thesis!

Are you writing your thesis?
Should you be writing your thesis?
Make some real progress with our Thesis Writing Afternoons.

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Thesis Writing Afternoons at Zieferblat – with unlimited coffee/tea to fuel your writing

Writing your thesis can be a lonely and frustrating process, easily distracted and derailed by other responsibilities or tasks. The purpose of these writing afternoons is to let you focus fully on thesis writing, away from the usual distractions and to make real progress on your thesis.

We are meeting away from campus, away from interfering distractions, for a solid afternoon of writing. Join other PGRs for mutual support and a chance to pick up, or pass on tips and tricks for successful thesis writing. But most importantly, come and do some serious writing. We provide the lunch, teas/coffees and space – you do the writing.

These sessions are particularly targeted at final year PhD students, though any PGR ready to make real progress on writing their thesis is welcome to join us. In preparation for the session, gather the information you need and plan which section of your thesis you will be working on so that you are ready to sit down and write on the day.

We have two afternoons available, come to one or both. Just follow the links below for booking:

Tuesday 25th July 13:00 – 17:00

Wednesday 26th July 13:00 – 17:00

New PhD ‘Survival’ and ‘What Next?’ Video

The LDC Development team has recently purchased two new videos, each about 30 minutes long which will be of interest to all postgraduate researchers in the University and covers two relevant topics related to PhD survival and preparing for your future career.

‘The PhD Survival Video discusses how the stress and pressure of a PhD can be made manageable and features drama scenes and interviews with doctoral candidates, supervisors and counsellors, to illustrate the potential problems and solutions.

The new video offers practical advice for dealing with common problems and surviving, including self-help strategies for doctoral students, what they should and should not expect from supervisors when they are struggling, the support they should find in their institutions to help them get through their degree.

>> View ‘The PhD Survival Video’

This video supplements further resources in our online section, with information relevant to the University of Liverpool:

Managing the Supervisory Relationship

We still have places on the following workshops that may also be of interest:

4th July   Dealing with Change and Uncertainty  09.15 – 16.30 Delivered by David Wilkinson

5th July The Fear  Course 09.15 – 16.30 Delivered by David Wilkinson

The ‘What Next?’ Video offers practical advice to help postgraduate researchers improve their employability. The video features  drama scenes, expert interviews and documentary case studies to illustrate the options for a successful PhD candidate, which  include a young academic, someone employed outside academia, and someone who has started his own business.

Specific topics  include: expanding your skill set and developing your CV; identifying your transferable skills; thinking outside the academic box and finding good careers advice

>> View the The ‘What Next?’ Video’

This video supplements our wider Careers resources, Career Management Skills

We have the following 4 session group coaching sessions that may also be of interest to those planning their future:

11, 13, 18 & 20 July – The next Step: Using your personality to work out the way forward 

13:15 – 14.45 (1.5 hrs each session) Delivered by Dr Daniel Holden, D2U Coaching the Department of Chemistry,

 

The above videos supplement the videos previously purchased,  The Good Viva video and  The Good Presentation video

LDC Development Team

Postgraduate Researcher Week 26-30 June 2017

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/intranet/doctoral-college/researcher-week/

Postgraduate Researcher Week will be taking place 26-30 June 2017. This is a University wide event and other activities may be offered in your School/Institute.

A variety of sessions will be running throughout the week including advice and guidance from the Liverpool Doctoral College Development team, training sessions as well as networking events and social activities.

logo for Researcher weekPostgraduate Researcher Week is the ideal opportunity for you to meet up with other research students from across campus and share your experiences, whilst learning more about the training and development opportunities available to you as a postgraduate researcher at the University of Liverpool.

To view the schedule of activity please visit:   https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/intranet/doctoral-college/researcher-week/

Facing and managing your future & managing your anxiety

New workshops for July in the LDC Development Team programme

Are you unsure about your longer term future for your work or career? Or are you just struggling to manage change and uncertainties in your research work or looking for ways to manage your anxiety in giving presentations?

To end this academic year, we are offering places at specialist workshops to help researchers manage these type of issues. Click the title for further details and to book a place.

4th July   Dealing with Change and Uncertainty  09.15 – 16.30

David Wilkinson is delivering a one-day workshop on Dealing with Uncertainty and Change. In this workshop, he will take you through the structures underpinning all change and uncertainty, help you to develop a positive ‘can do’ attitude and learn to be resilient, ‘in control’ and able to find the opportunities in situations of uncertainty.

5th July The Fear  Course 09.15 – 16.30

We also have the return of the highly recommended one-day FEAR course, also given by David Wilkinson that will to help you overcome anxiety before delivering presentations, deal positively with and regulate your own feelings and emotions with ease.

11, 13, 18 & 20 July – The next Step: Using your personality to work out the way forward

13:15 – 14.45 (1.5 hrs each session)
This is a new four-session coaching course to help you move forward in your work and your longer term career.

This course is delivered by Dr Daniel Holden, D2U Coaching the Department of Chemistry, and is  based on DISC, a behavioural assessment tool that centres on four different behavioural traits: dominance, inducement, submission, and compliance. You will complete a DISC profile as part of the course and will use this analysis to assess your own personality, how it affects your work and communication with others, and build  understanding to move forward with your personal aspirations

Further workshops

Finally, we still have some places on the workshops around writing and publication, academic careers and social media given by Dr Jen Allanson, for registration and further details follow the links below:

15 Jun 09.30 – 12.30 Building a Successful Academic Career
15 Jun 13.30 – 16.30 The Online Researcher – An introduction to social media
27 Jun 09.30 – 12.30 Writing a Scientific Article

LDC Development Team