Training and networking events

  • Academic Year 2017/2018

    Graduate College training and networking events for academic year 2017/2018.  

    • Personal, Professional & Career Development planner for full-time research students
    • Personal, Professional & Career Development planner for part-time research students

    All sessions are held on a Wednesday unless otherwise stated.


  • Semester 1 - 2017

    Description Date and time Location

    Time Management: planning your research degree and keeping up momentum

    One of the key skills to successfully completing a research degree is good time management. The research student needs to balance the many facets of their programme with the many other things going on in their lives, meet multiple and complex deadlines, and finally submit their thesis on time. It is quite a juggling act! And it can be very stressful trying to get everything right. This very practical session looks at the research degree as a 'project' and explores strategies for managing that project, using your time effectively to 'work smarter rather than harder', and to achieve a good 'work-life balance' and reduce your stress in the process. Good time management will help you finish your research degree successfully. In addition, it is a very valuable 'transferable skill' in the workplace and will help you get the most out of all aspects of your life.

    Professor Susan Brooks, Research Training Co-ordinator

    25 October

    12.00pm  -  1.00pm 

    TBC

    'The Viva Examination'

    Most students find the idea of the viva rather scary! This session is aimed at all those who will be facing their viva in the near future, but may also be helpful to research students at earlier stages in their studies, who are not sure what is involved.  It clarifies what the University regulations say is required.   It also demystifies the process by outlining what is going on behind the scenes, what the examiners are looking for and what procedures they are following.  It also provides practical and useful advice about what you can do to make the process as painless and successful as possible.

    Professor Susan Brooks, Research Training Co-ordinator

    29 November

    12.00pm- 1.00pm

    TBC

    Training to Enable Supervisors and Research Students to Develop Applications for Ethical Approval

    Any research project that involves the study of humans (even simply interviewing human subjects) or examination of biological samples (such as blood or tissue samples) taken from humans cannot begin without specific Ethics Committee permission.  This session explains how to apply for permission through UREC, the University's Research Ethics Committee. It is essential for anyone who is likely to be working with human subjects or materials and may be of general interest to others.

    Dr Sarah Quinton, Chair of the University's Research Ethics Committee

    TBC

    12.00pm- 2.00pm

    TBC

    'Tackling the writing up stage of the research degree'

    It is never too early to start thinking about writing your thesis and many students find the idea extremely daunting.  While this session is particularly helpful for those about to begin or are in the midst of writing, it may also be helpful to research students at every stage of their studies. It is always good to know what you are aiming for!  The session clarifies what the University regulations say is required and provides hints and tips for successful and timely completion. It is an opportunity to ask questions and get some impartial advice as well as sharing experiences and concerns with other research students.

    Professor Susan Brooks, Research Training Co-ordinator Training

    13 December

    12.00pm– 1.00pm

    TBC

    Semester 2 - 2018

    Description Date and time Location

    ‘Research degrees – strategies for successful part-time study’

    While studying for a research degree shares many common features, whether you are doing it full time or part time, part time students do face unique challenges. Part time students are often more mature and have more complicated lives than their full time counterparts. Some are returning to study after periods of time spent doing other things and many live geographically distant from the University, or are physically present on campus only occasionally. All share the issues inevitably associated with pursuing a research programme over an extended time period. This session explores some of these issues, is an opportunity for part time researchers to share their experiences, and looks at some practical strategies for successful part time study.

    Professor Susan Brooks, Research Training Co-ordinator

    14 March

    12.00pm – 2.00pm

    TBC

    Data management and Storage

    Professor Chris Hawes, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    21 March

    4.00pm - 5.00pm 

    TBC

    ‘Managing your Supervisor and building a good working relationship with your Supervisory Team’

    During your research degree, your director of studies is one of the most important people in your life and maintaining a good relationship with them and your supervisory team may be key to your success. In this session, we share aspects of good practice in maintaining a positive, useful and supportive relationship with your supervisors and getting the most out of them. We also explore strategies for what to do if things go wrong.

    Professor Susan Brooks, Research Training Co-ordinator

    11 April

    4.00pm – 5.00pm

    TBC

    Presentation Workshop - Session 1 (Open to all students)

    Most people find giving an oral presentation extremely nerve wracking, yet it is an essential skill for any research student to develop. In this friendly, interactive and constructive workshop we will look at what makes a good (and bad) presentation, explore practical advice for both putting together and delivering a great talk, and for overcoming nervousness. It is a good opportunity to share your experiences and concerns and get some advice from the experts, who will be happy to answer any specific queries you might have. It is aimed at any research student, at any stage in their programme, who wishes to develop their oral presentation skills.

    Professor John Runions, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    18 April

    1.00pm – 3.00pm

    TBC

    Presentation Workshop - Session 2 (Restricted numbers - to be agreed in Session 1)

    Professor John Runions, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    9 May

    TBC

    Media Training Workshop

    Media Players International

    16 May

    9.00am - 5.00pm 

    TBC

    'Shut Up and Write'

    Are you writing your PhD thesis?

    Come along for support your with thesis writing to 'shut up and write' sessions!  These workshops are an hour long and they help you to protect time and space for your thesis production.

    Come along if you would like to become a more productive writer, or you'd like to meet fellow thesis writers!  Bring your lap top and your writing-in-progress - or a blank page - and some refreshments to share.

    For more details, please contact Dr Mary Deane, mdeane@brookes.ac.uk

    TBC

    TBC

    Introduction to Public Engagement

    Public engagement, outreach, dissemination, PR: how do they differ from each other?  What is 'the public' anyway?  How can we communicate with different audiences effectively, and engage in meaningful ways?  In this workshop we will explore who might be interested in our work and how we can expand our research beyond 'the usual suspects', using a variety of communication channels.  You will understand how to design and run an activity, how to create a budget and risk assessments, and how to evaluate the activity's success.

    Dr Anne Osterrieder, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    TBC

    TBC

    'Shut Up and Write'

    Are you writing your PhD thesis?

    Come along for support your with thesis writing to 'shut up and write' sessions!  These workshops are an hour long and they help you to protect time and space for your thesis production.

    Come along if you would like to become a more productive writer, or you'd like to meet fellow thesis writers! Bring your lap top and your writing-in-progress - or a blank page - and some refreshments to share.

    For more details, please contact Dr Mary Deane, mdeane@brookes.ac.uk

    TBC

    TBC

    12 Tips on how to make LinkedIn work for you

    LinkedIn is a professional networking website, which allows you to build an online profile, and connect with colleagues and students. In this hands-on session, we will explore the finer details of using LinkedIn as careers tool, from highlighting your achievements and skills to showcasing your presentations and adjusting your personal settings.

    Dr Anne Osterrieder, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    TBC

    TBC


    Semester 1 - 2017

    Description Date and time Location

    Induction Session for New Research Students

    This session is compulsory for all new research students as it is introduces many essential aspects of studying for a research degree at Brookes.  This includes advice on what is involved, how to officially register your project, goals and milestones, how to plan your time and keep up momentum, supervisor-student relationships, and introduces new research students to policies, people, support  and resources – such as library resources and the generic skills training programme – that will help ensure your success.

    Professor Susan Brooks, Research Training Co-ordinator

    18 October

    11.00pm - 3.30pm

    TBC

    Semester 2 - 2018

    Description Date and time Location

    Induction Session for New Research Students

    This session is compulsory for all new research students as it is introduces many essential aspects of studying for a research degree at Brookes.  This includes advice on what is involved, how to officially register your project, goals and milestones, how to plan your time and keep up momentum, supervisor-student relationships, and introduces new research students to policies, people, support  and resources – such as library resources and the generic skills training programme – that will help ensure your success.

    Professor Susan Brooks, Research Training Co-ordinator

    31 January

    11.00pm – 3.30pm

     

    Induction Session for new Research Students

    This session is compulsory for all new research students as it is introduces many essential aspects of studying for a research degree at Brookes.  This includes advice on what is involved, how to officially register your project, goals and milestones, how to plan your time and keep up momentum, supervisor-student relationships, and introduces new research students to policies, people, support  and resources – such as library resources and the generic skills training programme – that will help ensure your success.

    Professor Susan Brooks, Research Training Co-ordinator

    TBC

    TBC


    Semester 1- 2017

    Description Date and time Location

    Networking Social Event for all Research Students and Supervisors

    All research students and their supervisors are welcome to attend this networking social event, with drinks and snacks – and it is, in particular, a good opportunity for new research students to get to know some friendly faces. Meet other students - in your subject area and across the entire University, full timers and part timers, at all stages in their programmes - to share experiences and make contacts. Meet the staff from your subject area and from the Research Degrees Team who are there to support you throughout your programme. 

    18 October

    From 5.00pm

    TBC

     

    Cream Tea and Tour of the Bodleian Library

    The Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and in Britain is second in size only to the British Library with over 12 million printed items. Join us for cream tea followed by a 90 minute Extended Tour will cover Divinity School, Convocation House, Chancellor's Court, Duke Humfrey's Library, Radcliffe Camera's upper reading room and Gladstone Link.

    Places are limited and available on a first-come first-served basis so book early to avoid disappointment. Bookings will open on Monday 2 October 2017 at 9.00am.

    7 November

    From 10.30am

    Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG
    Speed Networking Event

    7 December

    10.00am to 12.00pm 

    TBC 

    Semester 2 - 2018

    Description Date and time Location

    3 Minute Thesis Event

    7 February

    10.00am to 2.00pm

    TBC

    Research Student Breakfast Seminar

    20 March

    9.30am to 12.00pm 

    TBC

    Annual Graduate College Research Student Exhibition and Competition

    All postgraduate research students - at research masters and doctoral level - are invited to submit and showcase their work at the 2018 Graduate College Annual Event.

    The event itself will take place on 2 and 3 May 2018 and will run between 10am – 5.30pm in The Forum, JHBB. Prize-giving and a light buffet lunch will take place from 12.15pm on 2 Mayin JHB128 Executive Suite.

    More details

     

    2-3 May

    10.00am - 5.30pm 

    Exhibition in The Forum, JHBB, Gipsy Lane site

    Prize-giving and lunch in JHB128

    Tour of the Oxford Botanic Garden

    7 June

    From 11.00am

    TBC


    Semester 1 - 2017

    Description Date and time Location

    Copyright for research students: RADAR and submitting the electronic version of your thesis

    This session will look at the copyright implications of submitting the electronic version of your thesis. It will give you practical advice on how to deal with the use of other people's copyright material in your thesis (such as images). It will also cover how PhD theses are made available online via RADAR, the Brookes research archive.

    Katie Hambrook and Rowena Rouse, Learning Resources

    TBC 

    11.00am - 12.00pm

    TBC

    Semester 2 - 2018

    Description Date and time Location

    Endnote Training

    Managing information overload - this session provides an introduction to EndNote, a reference management service. Find out how to collect, store and manage your references efficiently and effectively using EndNote. Discover how to use EndNote with many databases and library catalogues to transfer references into your EndNote library and create bibliographies or reference lists formatted in the style of your choice. The session will also include tips on citing your references correctly.

    Helen Whittaker, Library Services

    TBC

    4.00pm – 5.00pm

     

    Finding Information for Your Research

    An exploration of the most effective methods of searching, discovering and accessing information for your research. The session will include an overview of research tools and services available via the Library, as well as techniques for getting the best from them. Discover key resources for keeping up-to-date and refresh and enhance your search skills.

    Helen Whittaker, Subject Librarian

    TBC

    4.00pm - 5.00pm

     

    A programme of free library training sessions for all students runs each semester, including sessions specifically for researchers. Details can be found on the Library web pages.

    Additionally, each Academic Liaison Librarian organises training for groups and individuals in their subject areas.

    IT services available for research students include:

    • one-to-one support from the training team who provide project specific guidance on software packages;

    • free online training and support in software packages most often used in research projects, including ARCGIS, NVIVO, SPSS and Microsoft Office; and

    • remote support if you are unable to come onto campus via a remote connection to your computer.

    Further information can be found on the IT Services web pages.


    Semester 1 - 2017

    Description Date and time Location

    Coaching Tools for Personal and Professional Development

    Setting time aside to focus on important goals can help us identify the strategies we need to achieve them as well as the impediments that may be holding us back.  Whether you are just starting out on a PhD, thinking about your next career move or just wanting to reassess your priorities and find ways of performing more effectively, come along to this session and find out how to be your own coach! 

    This session will introduce you to coaching processes which you can adapt and apply to your own life, as well as practical tools and tactics to help you overcome common obstacles such as procrastination and self-sabotage.

    Booking essential.

     

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Centre

    Booking: jmoyle@brookes.ac.uk

    3 October

    10.00am - 1.00pm

    TBC

    Peer Coaching Lunch

    Additional sessions may be added to meet demand

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Centre

    Booking: jmoyle@brookes.ac.uk

    22 October

    12.00 - 1.30pm

    TBC

    How to Get a Job: Successful Applications and Interviews for Researchers

    Find out all you need to know about the job application and interview process for academic careers, as well as how to adapt the way you present yourself for the non-academic jobs market.  

    This full-day workshop will be fully interactive and includes: lots of sample researcher CVs, cover letters and applications to scrutinise and take away; the opportunity to give and receive peer feedback on your own CV; and a chance to anticipate, and learn how to tackle, some of the most common questions in academic and non-academic interviews.

    Free lunch.  Booking essential.

    Booking: jmoyle@brookes.ac.uk

    This session is open to all Brookes research students and fixed-term research staff.

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Service

    11 November

    10.30am - 3.30pm

    TBC
     

    Enhancing your Personal Effectiveness as a Researcher: An Introduction to the MBTI Personality Framework

    The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is one of the most widely used personality instruments, used for personal and professional development by employers and individuals.  This workshop aims to give you deeper insights into your own personality style using the MBTI framework and into how you can then apply this knowledge in your research, the working environment and your wider life.  It will also aid your understanding of how others (perhaps supervisors or colleagues) prefer to operate, improving your communication and working relationships.

    This is an introductory session, facilitated by a fully qualified and experienced MBTI practitioner. During the session participants will conduct a detailed self-assessment and gain an insight into their own and others’ personality preferences by taking part in a range of interactive activities.  Booking essential.  
     

    To book and for further information:

    jmoyle@brookes.ac.uk

    This session is open to all Brookes research students and fixed-term research staff.

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Service

    22 November

    10.00am - 1.00pm 

     TBC

    Networking and Social Media for Researcher Careers

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Service

    No booking required.

    12 December 

    10.00am - 12.00pm 

     

     

    Semester 2  - 2018

    Description Date and time Location

    Life Design Training:

    How to apply design principles to make conscious choices and real change towards leading the life you want to live.

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Service

    No booking required.

    21 February

    9.30pm - 3.30pm

    TBC

    How to Get a Job: Applications Masterclass for Researchers

    Whether you are intending to apply for academic or further research roles, or for non-academic roles within or beyond higher education, learning to market yourself on paper is an essential step towards gaining that all-important interview and then the job itself.  

    This session will be fully interactive and includes: how to decode the language of employers; lots of sample researcher CVs, cover letters and applications to scrutinise and take away; the opportunity to give and receive peer feedback on your own CV.

    This session is open to all Brookes research students and fixed-term staff.

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Service

    No booking required

    14 March 

    10.00am - 12.00pm 

    TBC

    How to Get a Job: Interview Skills Masterclass for Researchers

    Whether you’re applying for academic or non-academic roles, learning how to perform well at interview is a prerequisite to getting the job.  Brush up on the practicalities of preparing for, and performing in, interviews in this interactive workshop designed specifically for researchers.  

    This session includes: what to expect from interviews, academic and non-academic; common questions and how to tackle them; how to talk about your research for different audiences; an opportunity to practice your interview skills in a safe and supportive environment.

    This session is open to all Brookes research students and fixed-term staff.

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Service

    No booking required

    18 April

    10.00am - 12.00pm 

     TBC

    The Counselling Service runs a number of talks which are available to all Brookes students. Talks have a focus on a particular issue or problem using peer reviewed materials and up to date research and thinking. These are delivered in a lecture style and require no participation from attendees.

    Counselling talks available

    Details of Faculty Training Programmes will added here when available

  • If you would like to discuss your training needs or any difficulties you may be experiencing, please contact: Jill Organ, Research Degrees Team (email: jorgan@brookes.ac.uk or Tel: 01865 484244).