A successful research project does not solely depend on an important research question and a well-designed protocol, but also on the efficient execution of the project. Many research projects fail to complete on time and on budget and some struggle even to get off the ground. In this half-day workshop we will apply the principles of project management to research projects and show how by applying some simple tools and techniques we can solve many of the common problems we face and avoid others altogether. The workshop will consist of a series of short, interactive lectures, interspersed with practical exercises.
After the workshop each participant will:
be able to define the different component parts of a research project
understand the common challenges that arise when managing a research project
be familiar with project management tools and techniques
be able to put these into practice
understand how to avoid the commonest problems that arise in management of research
(PGT – Online) Getting Started with Your Dissertation
Wednesday 3rd April 2019 @ 12:10-13:00 (GMT Time)
A dissertation is a serious investment of time and energy. It is the defining feature of a Masters so it is worth thinking about what it is you really want to do with it and what you really want to get out of it.
This online interactive session will give you strategies to start thinking about the subject and focus of your dissertation as well as practical tips for project managing it. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and raise issues.
This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session.
In order for academic reading to be effective, it needs to be a combination of efficient (in terms of speed and retention), strategic (in terms of appropriately targeted) and critical. This short workshop will give you a number of tools to help you to read more quickly, more strategically and more critically.
The workshop (and practice afterwards) will help you to increase your speed and effectiveness of reading. The practical exercises during the session will show you how to measure your base read speed and comprehension level and then increase your reading speed and efficiency.
We will use practical exercises and tutor-led input to help refine and improve four key areas:
Strategy – considering your reading strategy and learning some practical ways to improve information selection and absorption
Speed – Techniques to increase speed of reading, and applying these with more dense and difficult material
Criticism – Acquiring methods and questions to improve your critical reading strategies
Consistency – Discover how to build consistent reading habits that will improve your efficiency, retention and recall.
‘Critical’ is a word that is frequently used in academic discourse. Students are advised to think, read and write ‘critically’. But what does ‘critical’ actually mean in an academic context? In this workshop we identify qualities that are core to a critical engagement with academic work, and we explore through examples how you can apply critical values to your reading, writing and academic practice.
Despite what you might believe, there is no great secret to creativity. All it requires is a brain and some techniques. You bring your brain, and I’ll provide the techniques. I don’t promise you’ll be composing sonnets by the end of the session, but you will leave with some clear approaches to being more creative in your work.
As our careers grow and develop we can often find ourselves in positions where we have a great deal of responsibility and perhaps not too much authority. This is where our ability to Lead and Influence becomes paramount.
These elements come naturally to some, but they are just rules in a game that can be learned and assertively applied.
This session will focus on building an understanding of how to effectively influence people around us. We’ll also consider a few basic elements of how to lead in an authentic way – and not simply rely on a badge that says ‘in charge’.
This will be achieved through a blend of situation-based discussion, tutor input, paired work and real-life problem solving.
By the end of the session, participants will
Have built a toolkit of influence skills and techniques.
Understand how to assertively influence with confidence.
Established some rules and tools for leading, influencing and dealing with challenging individuals.
This workshop is for suitable for all taught postgraduate (PGT) students who are thinking about starting or have started their dissertation.
A dissertation is a key part of a masters programme. It’s a chance for you to plan and undertake a significant body of your own research. This can be a very rewarding experience, but can present many challenges: What exactly is a dissertation and what does it look like? Where do I start? When do I stop? How do I do it?
This interactive workshop will focus on practical strategies for successfully completing your dissertation; from emphasizing the importance of good planning to actually getting started with writing. Themes of the workshop include:
Thinking about the examiner’s point of view
Critical reading and analysis of sources, and writing
This workshop is open to all postgraduate taught (PGT) students.
Editing can feel like the hardest part of writing a thesis – some dread it, others complain it’s dull. But it’s a skill and it can be incredibly productive, as any professional writer will affirm. This half-day workshop will explore the difference between editing and writing, it will examine the different kinds of editing and it will encourage the formation of editorial buddying relationships. There will be an emphasis on writing as a craft and how practical editorial skills can contribute to the process.
Participants will be asked to submit a sample (no more than two double-spaced pages) of their own writing to use in the workshop.
To book a place on the morning workshop (09:00 – 12:00), please click here.
To book a place on the afternoon workshop (13:10 – 16:00), please click here.