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Detailed below are training and networking opportunities for research students for academic year 2020/2021. These include Graduate College training events; Graduate College social events; library, IT and study support; careers and professional development sessions; as well as mindfulness sessions and counselling talks.
All sessions are held on a Wednesday unless otherwise stated.
If you would like to discuss your training needs or any difficulties you may be experiencing, please contact Jill Organ:
Research Degrees Team, +44 (0)1865 484244, firstname.lastname@example.org
Date and time: 27 October 2020 for the release of training materials and 28 October 2020 for the live event
Online live event will take place between 4.00pm - 5.00pm on Wednesday 28 October 2020.
Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development
This session is compulsory for all new research students as it 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 and supervisor-student relationships. It 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.
This year the online training materials will be opened to all students on 27 October 2020 who have registered for the event by 2.00pm. This will give you all time to listen to, and read all the material that will be made available.
Induction will be completed with a live interactive Google Meet Video Conference session between 4.00pm - 5.00pm on Wednesday 28 October 2020.
Jill Organ will send an email reminder to all new students once enrolled has been completed.
Date and time:
24 February 2021
Location: A link to the Online training materials will be sent to all new students on Friday 19 February so that the presentations can be reviewed fully before the live event which will be held on 24 February 2021, 3.00pm - 4.00pm, via Google Meet Conferencing. All new January starters who have completed online enrolment will be sent a Google invitation to the live event on 24 February 2021.
Date and time:
30 June 2021
All Graduate College training will be delivered online during the academic year 2020/2021. Please register for the sessions you would like to complete and you will be given access to the online training material on the day the training has been scheduled.
Date and time: 18 November 2020 from 11.00am - 12.00 noon
Location: Online via Google Meet Conferencing
Presenter: Dr Dana Vilistere, Research Impact Officer, RDBO
Description: The ability to identity, develop and achieve potential benefits and beneficiaries of research has become an essential factor in securing funding from the Government, Research Councils UK, and other UK funders, as well as from various European funding sources. This session will help researchers to develop their understanding of how their research may have an impact in wider context and to begin the process of planning activities to achieve it.
Date and time: 19 November 2020
Location: Online - training material will be opened to all those who have registered for the session
Presenter: Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development
Description: 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.
Date and time: 2 December 2020, 11.00am -1.00pm
Presenter: Dr Sarah Quinton, Chair of the University's Research Ethics Committee
Description: 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.
Date and time: 9 December 2020
Location: Online - access to the training materials will be given to all those who register for this session
Description: 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.
Date and time: 16 December 2020 from 10.00am - 12.00 noon
Description: 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. This includes using your time effectively to 'work smarter rather than harder' and to achieve a good 'work-life balance', reducing 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.
Date and time: 3 March 2021 between 1.00pm - 2.00pm
This session offers an introduction to the idea of sharing the data that your research produces and how that can raise your research profile and benefit your discipline as a whole. It will also outline how the practical considerations of intellectual property, participant consent, data protection, embargoes, and licencing affect the publishing of research data.
Presenters: Daniel Croft, Scholarly Communications and Research Team Leader, Oxford Brookes Library
Date and time: 24 March 2021, between 10.00am - 11.00am
Location:Online - via Google Meet Conferencing
Description: 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.
Date and time: 7 April 2021 - between 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Location: Online - via Google Meet Conferencing
Description: 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.
Date and time: 28 July 2021
Date and time: 7 July 2021 - between 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Presenter: Daniel Croft, Scholarly Communications and Research Team Leader
Description: This session will give you an overview of the publishing process and how the Open Access movement is driving changes in scholarly publishing. It will also introduce the ways in which the quality of research is sometimes assessed through research metrics and 'impact'.
Statslink courses are for Oxford Brookes staff and research students whose work uses maths or statistics.
Further information can be found via the links below and on the main
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Date and time: 25 November 2020, 12.00-1.00pm
Description: 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.
Date and time: 3 December 2020 12.00-1.00pm
Description: 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.
Copyright for research students: RADAR and submitting the electronic version of your thesis
Date and time: 20 June 2021 between 1.00pm-2.00pm
Presenter: Dan Croft, Learning Resources
Description: 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.
Alex Friend, Training and Development Specialist, has created a range of Moodle courses on industry-standard packages that are widely used across the University.
After logging in and self-enrolling onto the Moodle course(s), students can download electronic copies of the self-paced courses and find links to other resources.
Click the links below to access the relevant course:
General Information on the IT Training website:
Contact Alex Friend ( email@example.com) if you have any questions. Please note that Alex is planning to run real-time online sessions from early Semester 2.
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:
Further information can be found on the IT Services web pages.
One-to-one tutorials on essays, dissertations and theses are available with Oxford Brookes Royal Literary Fund Fellows Sarah Williams and Clare Morgan. Tutorials are open to all research students and are free and confidential.
For further information, please visit
Centre for Academic Development
The Centre for Academic Development has expert tutors who are experienced in working with postgraduate research students to develop study skills, maths and statistics, and academic English.
Although your supervisors are your primary source of guidance, it can often help to talk to an expert in student learning who is outside your main supervisory team. We can help you develop areas that supplement the skills focused on in supervisory meetings.
At the Centre for Academic Development we can provide objective, confidential advice on topics such as:
Time management for research projects
Working with supervisors
Statistics and data analysis
Academic English for research communication
Conference presentations and posters
To book a 40 minute one-to-one session with a tutor, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
and for more details about our services see our website /students/academic-development/
The Centre for Academic Development also coordinates the Writing Hub at /students/academic-development/writing-hub/ which brings together researchers, students, and staff involved in all forms of writing across Oxford Brookes.
The Writing Hub organises guest speaker events, writing retreats and opportunities for supporting each other in our writing. Our events are well attended by postgraduate research students from all departments. See the Writing Hub events page /students/academic-development/writing-hub/events/ for more on our next events and writing retreats.
This Group has been set up to help research students feel more connected. It is an opportunity to share ideas and best practices, as well as challenges and successes.
The group is intended to be a generic one, rather than focusing on specific subjects. It will be structured with regards to time, and will otherwise be driven by what you want to talk about and focus on.
The group will be facilitated by Nicola Parkes, a member of the Wellbeing team, offering experience of group dynamics and solution focus. Nicola is a Transactional Analyst, a field particularly useful for effective communication, which can be so
vital to the success of research students. She offers both experience in the academic community, as well as independence from it.
Further details will be provided shortly.
offers a variety of support, talks, groups, onward referral, short-term counselling (up to a maximum of 6 sessions), a comprehensive library of online self-help materials, as well as links to other organisations.
Further details will be provided in September 2021
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Do you want to be part of a new and exciting project that helps you develop your own digital skills, as well as those of staff and other students?
ePioneers are students who volunteer to deal with staff requests for assistance in various digital areas. There is no need to have lots of ICT experience as you will be trained and given the opportunity to explore your own specialisms. Students
from across all faculties are welcome and encouraged to get involved in the project.
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Click on the button below to download details of the Health and Life Sciences Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) for 2019/20.
For further details of training sessions run within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, please contact Abigayle Langford, Research Administrator: email@example.com
Click on the button below to download details of the Humanities and Social Sciences Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) for 2020/21.
For further information about training events within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, please contact the relevant Research Administrator, as follows:
Click on the button below to download details of the 2020/21 Doctoral Training Programme (DTP).
Please note that you can attend any session, including sessions from other strands (i.e., Environment, Technology, Arts, Common Research Methods).
For further details of training sessions run within the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, please contact Allison Stevens, Research Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the button below to download details of Oxford Brookes Business School training sessions for 2020/21.
Upcoming OBCAMS webinar: 'Unravelling Workplace Mentoring in the Asian Context'
Friday 30 October 2020 5:00 PM (London) Keynote speaker: Vicky Williams, CEO of Emerald Publishing
Other speakers: Professor Payal Kumar, Professor David Clutterbuck and Dr Farzana Nahid
Register in advance: https://brookes.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cXvmNC58R9aPlFwrPt9a5A
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. You may need to check your spam folder/junk email folder to retrieve this email.
If you would like to join the seminars, or if you have questions about them, please email Karen Handley (email@example.com) or Juliette Koning (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you would like to discuss your training needs or any difficulties you may be experiencing, please contact Jill Organ, Research Degrees Team (email: email@example.com or tel: 01865 484244).