Training and networking events


  • Academic Year 2016/2017

    Graduate College training and networking events for academic year 2016/2017.  

    • 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

    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

    Thursday 6 October

    10.00am - 1.00pm

    TBC

    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

    19 October

    12.00pm - 4.30pm

    G301

    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. 

    19 October

    From 5.00pm

    JHB204


    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

    2 November

    12.00pm  -  1.00pm 

    G501

    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

    Saturday 12 November

    10.30am - 3.30pm

    TBC

    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

    Monday 14 November 11.00-12.00   Library Basement Training Room (JHB B09) 
     

    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

    Friday 25 November

    10.00am - 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

    30 November

    12.00pm- 1.00pm

    JHB301

    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

    7 December

    12.00pm- 2.00pm

    G301

    '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, provides hints and tips for successful and timely completion and 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

    14 December

    12.00pm– 1.00pm

     JHB301 

    How to Get a Job: Focus on Non-Academic Careers

    The PhD is still seen by many as a training for an academic career although in fact 50% of PhD graduates 3 years on are working in roles outside academia.  The skills associated with a PhD can lead to fulfilling careers across a wide range of roles and sectors but many researchers find it hard to know where to start.

    What options are open to you?  How can you assess your skills and capabilities to find a good match? What do employers think of a PhD?  What steps do you need to take to manage what can otherwise seem a daunting transition?  Come along to this session to broaden your horizons and find out about helpful resources and support.

    No booking required.

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers consultant, Careers Service

    No booking required.

    Thursday 15 December 

    10.00am - 12.00pm 

    Forum Library Training Room

     

    Semester 2

    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

    1 February

    4.00pm – 5.00pm

    John Henry Brookes Building - room JHB 407

    Gipsy Lane site

    How to Get a Job: Finding Job Opportunities

    All the tools you need to identify and create job opportunities, whether you are interested in academic or non-academic job roles, or both.  

    In this workshop we will look at: how to find vacancies, both academic and non-academic; using social media as part of your job search; the hidden jobs market and how to access it; how attitude and behaviour can influence the opportunities that come your way; and making the most of the support available to you at Brookes.

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

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Service

    No booking required.

    Tuesday 7 February

    2.00pm - 4.00pm

    Forum Library Training Room

    Gipsy Lane site

    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

    Tuesday 28 February

    2.00pm - 4.00pm 

    Forum Library Training Room

    Gipsy Lane site

    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

    BOOK NOW

    1 March

    12.00pm – 4.00pm

    Willow - W/04

    Headington Hill site

    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

    BOOK NOW

    8 March

    4.00pm - 5.00pm

    John Henry Brookes Building JHB407

    Gipsy Lane site


    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

    9 March

    10.00am - 12.00pm 

     Forum Library Training Room

    Gipsy Lane

    ‘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, many live geographically distant from the University, or are physically present on campus only occasionally, and 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

    BOOK NOW

    15 March

    12.00pm – 2.00pm

    Willow - W/02

    Headington Hill site

    Data management and Storage

    Professor Chris Hawes, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    BOOK NOW

    22 March

    4.00pm - 5.00pm 

     John Henry Brookes Building JHB407

    Gipsy Lane site

    ‘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

    BOOK NOW

    29 March

    4.00pm – 5.00pm

    John Henry Brookes Building

    JHB 201

    Gipsy Lane site

     

    Enhancing your Personal Effectiveness as a Researcher: An Introductionto 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.  

    Booking:  jmoyle@brookes.ac.uk

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Service

    Saturday 1 April

    10.00am - 1.00pm

     

     TBC

    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. 

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

    Booking essential.

    Booking: jmoyle@brookes.ac.uk

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Service

    Saturday 1 April

    2.00pm - 5.00pm 

     TBC

    Induction Session for new Research Students

    Professor Susan Brooks, Research Training Co-ordinator, Graduate College

    BOOK NOW

    12 April

    12.00pm - 4.00pm

    Gibbs Building - G216A

    Gipsy Lane site 

    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

    BOOK NOW

    19 April 

    1.00pm – 3.00pm

    John Henry Brookes Building JHB407

    Gipsy Lane site

    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 2017 Graduate College Annual Event.

    The event itself will take place on 3-4 May 2017 and will run between 10am – 5.30pm in The Forum, JHBB. Judging and prize-giving of the three categories will take place at 12pm on 3 May in the Chakrabarti Lecture Theatre, followed by a free lunch.

    More details

    3-4 May 

    10.00am - 5.30pm 

    Exhibition in the Forum     John Henry Brookes Building  Gipsy Lane site

    room for Lunch TBC

    Managing a Career in Academia

    Many researchers harbour aspirations of an established academic career. This workshop will give you an insight into what you need to do to turn those aspirations into reality.  Come along and ask our panel of academics everything you ever wanted to know about getting in and getting on in today's academic climate!

    This workshop is designed to help you gain an insight into the important issues and milestones for forging a successful academic career as well as greater understanding of the roles and responsibilities integral to working in academia.  The workshop will feature an introduction to the issues around embarking on an academic career, an active participation case study and a Q and A panel featuring a mix of early career and more established academics from a range of disciplines. It is also a good opportunity to meet and draw on the support and experiences of other PhD students and early career researchers intending to embark on an academic career. 

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Centre

    Free lunch included. Booking essential: jmoyle@brookes.ac.uk

    Friday 5 May

    10.30am - 3.30pm 

    TBC

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

    Professor John Runions, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    BOOK NOW

    10 May

    12.00pm - 3.00pm 

    John Henry Brookes Building

    Gipsy Lane site

    JHB307 

    Media Training Workshop

    Media Players International

    BOOK NOW

    17 May

    9.00am - 5.00pm 

    John Henry Brookes Building

    Gipsy Lane site

    JHB407

    JHB406

    JHB307

    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

     1 June

    4.00pm- 5.00pm

    John Henry Brookes Building

    Gipsy Lane site

    JHB 204 

    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


    8 June 

    4.00pm - 5.30pm 

    John Henry Brookes Building

    Gipsy Lane site

    Pooled computer room

    JHB 404

     

    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).