• Graduate College research student training

    Detailed below are training and networking opportunities for research students for academic year 2018/2019. 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.

    Personal, Professional and Career Development Planners

    Contact us

    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, rd-enquiries@brookes.ac.uk

  • Induction Session for New Research Students - Semester 1 2018

    Date and time: 17 October 2018, 12.00pm - 4.00pm

    Location: John Henry Brookes Building, room JHB302 - Gipsy Lane site

    Presenter: Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development

    Description: 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.

    Please note that following this Induction session, all new research students and their supervisors are invited to come and meet our continuing research students at a Welcoming Reception. This will give you an opportunity to meet other research students and supervisors from across the University.

    A light buffet will be provided at the reception, including wine and non-alcoholic beverages, so we hope that you will be able to join us. Please remember to confirm whether you will be able to attend so that we can make the necessary catering arrangements. Please remember to remind your supervisors about this event and encourage them to attend with you. The welcome reception will be held in (Room TBC) from 5.00pm.

    Jill Organ will send an email reminder to all new students once enrolled has been completed.


    Induction Session for New Research Students - Semester 2 2019

    Date and time: 27 February 2019, 12.00pm - 4.00pm

    Location: TBC

    Presenter: Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development

    Description: 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.

    You will receive a reminder email shortly before the event. Please ensure you reply to confirm your attendance.


    Induction Session for New Research Students - Summer 2019

    Date and time: 8 May 2019, 10.30am - 4.00pm

    Location: TBC

    Presenter: Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development

    Description: 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.

    You will receive a reminder email shortly before the event. Please ensure you reply to confirm your attendance.

    Semester 1 - 2018

    Time Management: planning your research degree and keeping up momentum

    Date and time: 24 October 2018, 2.00pm - 2.00pm

    Location: John Henry Brookes Building, room JHB 207

    Presenter: Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development

    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.

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    How to successfully address the challenges facing most doctoral research students

    Date and time: 1 November 2018, 12.30pm to 2.30pm

    Location:  FH109 -  Gipsy Lane

    Presenter: Annette Whitehall, Counsellor, Wellbeing

    This workshop will suggest ways to manage such challenges (loss of motivation, procrastination, possible difficulties in the relationship with supervisor etc.), and promote strategies for staying healthy, focused, creative and productive.

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    An Introduction to Mindfulness

    Date and time: 8 November 2018, 12.00pm to 1.00pm

    Location: John Henry Brookes Building, room JHB 206

    Presenter: Stephen Davies, Oxford Brookes University

    Description: Mindfulness is a simple and effective type of meditation that research has shown helps people deal with stress, promotes relaxation and improves learning and memory. Mindfulness is open to all, easy to learn and does not involve any religious practice. This session will include a guided commentary from an experienced meditation teacher.

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    Introduction to Research Impact: What, Who, Why, When, Where, How?

    Date and time: 14 November 2018, 12.00pm - 2.00pm

    Location: John Henry Brookes Building, room JHB 407

    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.

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    The Viva Examination

    Date and time: 28 November 2018, 12.00pm - 1.00pm

    Location: John Henry Brookes Building, room JHB 407

    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.

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

    Date and time: 5 December 2018, 11.00am - 1.00pm

    Location: John Henry Brookes Building, room JHB 207

    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.

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    Tackling the writing up stage of the research degree

    Date and time: 12 December 2018, 12.00pm - 1.00pm

    Location: John Henry Brookes Building, room JHB 407

    Presenter: Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development

    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.

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    Semester 2 2019

    Research Intensive Skills Event (RISE)

    Date and time: 15 and 16 January 2019, 9.30am - 4.00pm

    Description: This two day event will comprise of the following sessions:

    Publishing for a Change

    Collaborative challenge: Interdisciplinary team working

    Using social media to raise your professional profile and promote your research

    Reflection on learning from the day's events, identifying skills and training needs, setting personal objectives

    Critical thinking

    Writing an effective abstract

    Time management strategies

    Stress management, mindfulness and wellbeing

     

    It should be noted that if you are interested in joining this event, you must be able to attend and take part in all the sessions on both days. This is a requirement because the programme is designed to facilitate continuity of skills development during the course of the whole period of this event. It should also be noted that your Registration must have been approved by the relevant Research Degrees Sub-Committee in order for you to attend this event.

    Numbers are restricted to 30 and due to the expected high demand, a deposit of £10 will be required upon booking. This will be refunded following attendance of both days. Refunds will be made for any bookings cancelled before 31 December 2018. Please note that we will be unable to refund deposits for any cancellations made after this date.

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    Publishing your research data: with particular focus on Oxford Brookes' institutional repository RADAR

    Date and time: 6 March 2019, 4.00pm - 5.00pm

    Location: TBC

    This sessions 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 and Professor Chris Hawes, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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    Research degrees – strategies for successful part-time study

    Date and time: 20 March 2019, 12.00pm - 2.00pm

    Location: TBC

    Presenter: Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development

    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.

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    Managing your Supervisor and building a good working relationship with your supervisory team

    Date and time: 10 April 2019, 4.00pm - 5.00pm

    Location: TBC

    Presenter: Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development

    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.

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    The Viva Examination

    Date and time: 17 April 2019, 4.00pm - 5.00pm

    Location: TBC

    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.

    Book now »


    Communicating your findings: publishing, Open Access, matrics and impact

    Date and time: 5 June 2019, 4.00pm - 5.00pm

    Location: TBC

    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'.

    Book now »


    12 tips on how to make LinkedIn work for you

    Date and time: 12 June 2019, 4.00pm - 5.00pm

    Location: TBC

    Presenter: Dr Anne Osterrieder, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Description: 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 a careers tool, from highlighting your achievements and skills to showcasing your presentations and adjusting your personal settings.

    Book now »


    Semester 1 2018

    Welcome Reception for New Students (and Networking Social Event for all current Research Students and Supervisors)

    Date and time: 17 October 2018 from 5.00pm

    Location: JHB 206, John Henry Brookes Building - Gipsy Lane site

    Description: All research students and their supervisors are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception for new research students and the 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.


    Guided Tour of MINI Plant Oxford

    Date and time: Tuesday 6 November 2018 from 1.30pm

    Location: MINI Plant Oxford, Eastern Bypass Road, Cowley, oxford, OX4 6NL

    Description: Research students are invited on a private guided tour at the birthplace and heart of MINI production. Since production of new MINI started in 2001, more than 2.5 million cars have been made at Plant Oxford. Manufactured to individual customer specifications, hundreds of MINIs leave the plant's assembly lines each day, off to meet new owners in more than 110 countries around the world.

    But even if you have absolutely no interest in cars, this tour is a mind blowing experience and definitely not to be missed. The MINI Plant in Cowley is like nothing you have ever seen before. Experience not only incredible 21st century engineering, the phenomenal logistics of every car coming off the line being made to a unique specification but, the highlight of the tour - the robots at work, like something from a science fiction fantasy. You won't forget this in a hurry!

    Places are limited and available on a first-come first-served basis so book early to avoid disappointment. Bookings will open on Monday 8 October 2018 at 9.00am and you will need to book your place via the Brookes Online Shop.

    Tickets cost £5, but the ticket cost will be COMPLETELY REFUNDED to attendees after the event.


    Research Student Breakfast Seminar

    Date and time: Tuesday 18 December 2018, 9.30am - 12.00pm

    Location: JHB 201, John Henry Brookes Building

    Description: The Graduate College Research Student Breakfast seminar will kick off with tea, coffee and pastries from 9.30am. This will be followed by talks from up to 5 research students from across the faculties. Talks will be 15 minutes long with 10 minutes allocated for Q&As.

    If you wish to speak at this event, please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Please note you must have formally registered your research project in order to take part in this event.

    Please also confirm if you will be coming along as a spectator.

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    Semester 2 2019

    3 Minute Thesis Event

    Date and time: Wednesday 13 February 2019, 10.00am - 2.00pm

    Location: TBC

    Description: Research students from all faculties are invited to take part in this University-wide 3 Minute Thesis Event. Please note you must have completed registration to be eligible to take part.

    This event cultivates research students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Presenting in a 3 Minute Thesis event helps increase your capacity to effectively explain your research in just three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Participants are allowed one Powerpoint slide, but no other resources or props.

    There will be a maximum of 15 participants and places are available on a first-come first-served basis, so sign up now to avoid disappointment! Please also complete the form below if you would like to come along as a spectator. There will be a free light lunch provided for all attendees.

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    Annual Graduate College Research Student Exhibition and Competition

    Date and time: 3-4 April 2019, 10.00am - 5.30pm

    Location: Exhibition in The Forum, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus
    Prize-giving and lunch in JHB128 (Executive Suite), John Henry Brookes Building

    Description: All postgraduate research students - at research masters and doctoral level - are invited to submit and showcase their work at the 2019 Graduate College Annual Event.

    The event itself will take place on 3 and 4 April 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 3 April in JHB128 Executive Suite.

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    Guided Tour of Oxford Castle and Prison

    Date and time: May / June 2019 - Date TBC

    Location: Oxford Castle and Prison, 44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY

    Description: Led by a costumed character guide, you will be taken on a tour of the 1000 year old building, and learn about the rich and fascinating history of Oxford and its castle and prison.

     

    You will get to:

     

    CLIMB the Saxon St. George’s Tower, one of the oldest buildings in Oxford, and enjoy its stunning 360° panoramic views over the historic city of Oxford

     

    DESCEND deep underground into the atmospheric 900-year-old crypt, the only surviving remains of St. George’s Chapel

     

    EXPLORE the austere confines of the 18th-century Debtors’ Tower and Prison D-Wing

     

    MARVEL at the mound of the 11th century Motte-and-Bailey castle, and discover its vaulted Well Chamber

     

    EDUCATE yourself about the modern history of the site and its inmates, in the historical Exhibition Wing

     

    After your tour, you will be inducted into the castle’s prison and the wider site where you will be able to explore at your own leisure.

    Tickets cost £5, but the ticket cost will be COMPLETELY REFUNDED to attendees after the event.

    Further details, including how to book, will be posted here as soon as they are available.

    Statslink courses are for Oxford Brookes staff and research students whose work uses maths or statistics.

    Further information can be found on Statslink and Mathslink.

    Semester 1 2018

    Finding Information for Your Research

    Date and time: 12 November 2018, 12.00pm - 1.00pm

    Location: John Henry Brookes Building, room JHB G02 (this is the Forum Training Room, on the Ground Floor of the JHB Building, next to the IT Help Desk)

    Presenter: Helen Whittaker, Subject Librarian

    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.


    Endnote Training - Managing information overload 

    Date and time: 4 December 2018, 12.00pm - 1.00pm

    Location: John Henry Brookes Building, room JHB G02 (this is the Forum Training Room, on the Ground Floor of the JHB Building, next to the IT Help Desk)

     

    Presenter: Helen Whittaker. Academc Liaison Librarian

     

    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.


    Semester 2 2019

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

    Date and time: TBC

    Location: TBC

    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.


    Research-related software training

    Alex Friend, Training and Development Specialist, will be running free half-day hands-on training courses designed for post-graduate students and staff in research-related software. These are industry-standard packages which are widely used across the University.

    For course content, how to apply to attend and for information on installing the software on Brookes-owned or personal computers at no charge, go to:


    Library training sessions

    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

    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.

    Academic Writing Support

    Looking for some space to write your research?  Take advantage of OCSLD's new Writing Days, which will take place on the first Thursday of every month during semesters at the Wheatley campus.

    The supportive environment of a Writing Day will help you plan to meet your deadlines and increase your productivity. You should come along with your research to work on and your laptop, ready to crack on independently. For information and to book a place, contact Mary Deane via: mdeane@brookes.ac.uk 

    Venue: OCSLD Training Room, The Simon Williams Building, Wheatley Campus, OX33 1HX.  Upcoming dates:

    • 6 December 2018, 10am-2pm 
    • 7 February 2019, 10am-2pm 
    • 7 March 2019, 10am-2pm 
    • 2 May 2019, 10am-2pm 
    • 6 June 2019, 10am-2pm 
    • 4 July 2019, 10am-2pm 

    OCSLD’s expertise on writing development provides a range of opportunities for Oxford Brookes staff and other colleagues to enhance their enjoyment of teaching writing and their own productivity as research writers.   You can find out more at https://www.brookes.ac.uk/ocsld/consultancy/academic-writing/


    Royal Literary Fund Fellows

    One-to-one tutorials on essays, dissertations and theses are available with Oxford Brookes Royal Literary Fund Fellows Nigel Cliff and Sally Bayley. Tutorials are open to all research students and are free and confidential.

    The Fellows’ office is T404 (Tonge Building) on the Gipsy Lane Campus. Students can make appointments by emailing the Fellows directly. Please note, the RLF Fellows only work between weeks 1 and 12 each semester.

    • Nigel Cliff writes mostly narrative nonfiction. His books have been translated into ten languages and have been winners or finalists of several awards. Nigel read English at Oxford, where he was awarded the Beddington Prize for English Literature, and is a Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford. To book a tutorial, please email ncliffe@brookes.ac.uk
    • Sally Bayley is a non-fiction writer whose work explores the relationship between biography, autobiography, memoir and literary fiction. Sally has taught in Higher Education for 23 years across a wide range of subjects. For many years she has taught critical writing and thinking. To book a tutorial, please email sbayley@brookes.ac.uk

     For further information, please visit https://www.brookes.ac.uk/english-languages/about/royal-literary-fund-fellows/


    Upgrade Study Advice

    Upgrade is the University's confidential study advice service for anyone who wants advice on statistics, maths and study skills such as planning and writing essays, assignments and dissertations, and more.

    To book a free 30 minute tutorial, please email upgrade@brookes.ac.uk stating:

    • Whether you would like an appointment in study skills, maths or statistics
    • What issues you would like the session to address e.g. planning, being critical, analysing data...
    • Which campus you would like to see someone on (see Upgrade's opening times for what is available)

    You will then be sent an email offering you an appointment slot as close to your appointment time as possible.

    For further information about the range of support that Upgrade offers, please see the Upgrade website.

    There are many career pathways you can take following a research degree. High levels of competition in career paths both inside and outside of academia mean that timely, career-related research and preparation can be key. Our Career Development Planning Timeline for Research Students can help you navigate your way to a successful transition after graduation.

    Career Development Planning Timeline for Research Students »

    Details of the full Careers Training Programme for Researchers can be found at www.brookes.ac.uk/students/careers/news-and-events/researchers/

    Semester 1 2018

    Coaching Tools for Personal and Professional Development

    Date and time: Tuesday 9 October 2018, 10.00am to 1.00pm

    Location: TBC

    Presenter: Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Centre

    Description: 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 research staff. Booking essential.

    Booking and further info: jmoyle@brookes.ac.uk


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

    Date and time:  Saturday 1 December 2018, 10.30am to 3.30pm

    Location: TBC

    Presenter: Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Centre

    Description: 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.

    This session is open to all Brookes research students and fixed-term research staff. Free lunch. Booking essential.

    Booking and further info: jmoyle@brookes.ac.uk


    Design Your Life beyond the PhD

    Date and time: Tuesday 13 November 2018, 10.00am to 1.00pm

    Location: TBC

    Presenter: Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Centre

    Description: What might a well-designed life look like for you beyond the PhD? Which of your many possible selves will you choose to realise? Although we cannot plan for every eventuality in a dynamic world with multiple demands and changing priorities, we can learn to engage more intentionally with our ongoing and lifelong project to build and evolve a life we want to live with energy and purpose.

    This interactive workshop will introduce you to creative, fun and collaborative design processes through which to develop your career ideas and build your way towards a more fulfilling life post-PhD by starting to test them out in the real world.

    Suitable for researchers at any stage - whether you have just started your PhD or are facing a more immediate career transition, and whether your current aspirations are focussed on a career within or beyond academic research.

    There will be some short assigned reflective exercises to complete prior to attending the workshop.

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

    Booking and further info: jmoyle@brookes.ac.uk


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

    Date and time: Friday 7 December 2018, 10.00am to 1.00pm

    Location: TBC

    Presenter: Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Centre

    Description: 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.

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

    Booking and further info: jmoyle@brookes.ac.uk


    Semester 2 2018

    How to Get a Job: Applications Masterclass for Researchers

    Date and time: Tuesday 12 February 2019, 10.00am to 12.00pm

    Location: TBC

    Presenter: Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Centre

    Description: 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 research staff. No Booking required.

    For further info: jmoyle@brookes.ac.uk


    How to Get a Job: Finding Job Opportunities

    Date and time: Wednesday 27 February 2019, 10.00am to 12.00pm

    Location: TBC

    Presenter: Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Centre

    Description: 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. No Booking required.

    For further info: jmoyle@brookes.ac.uk


    How to Get a Job: Interview Skills Masterclass for Researchers

    Date and time: Thursday 21 March 2019, 10.00am to 12.00pm

    Location: TBC

    Presenter: Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Centre

    Description: 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 research staff. No booking required.

    For further info: jmoyle@brookes.ac.uk


    Planning for a Career in Academia

    Date and time: Thursday 2 May 2019, 10.30am to 3.30pm

    Location: TBC

    Presenter: Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Centre

    Description: Many researchers harbour aspirations of an established academic career. This workshop is designed to help you gain an understanding of some of the important issues, roles and responsibilities integral to working in academia as well as insight into what you need to do to turn your academic aspirations into reality.

    This interactive workshop includes plenty of opportunity for discussion and will feature a Q and A panel with 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. 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 session is open to all Brookes research students and fixed-term research staff. Free lunch. Booking essential.

    Booking and further info: jmoyle@brookes.ac.uk

    Semester 2 2018

    How to successfully address the challenges facing most doctoral research students

    Date and time: 1 November 2018, 12.00pm to 2.00pm

    Location: TBC

    Presenter: Annette Whitehall, Counsellor, Wellbeing

    Description:This workshop will suggest ways to manage such challenges (loss of motivation, procrastination, possible difficulties in the relationship with supervisor etc.), and promote strategies for staying healthy, focused, creative and productive.

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    An Introduction to Mindfulness

    Date and time: 8 November 2018, 12.00pm to 1.00pm

    Location: John Henry Brookes Building, room JHB 206

    Presenter: Stephen Davies, Oxford Brookes University

    Description: Mindfulness is a simple and effective type of meditation that research has shown helps people deal with stress, promotes relaxation and improves learning and memory. Mindfulness is open to all, easy to learn and does not involve any religious practice. This session will include a guided commentary from an experienced meditation teacher.

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    Counselling talks

    The Counselling Service runs a number of counselling 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.

    Teaching development opportunities are not just confined to academic staff. PhD students and colleagues who support student learning are also welcome to develop their teaching and learning practices. If you are a research student who is going to be involved in some teaching, you will need to complete the Introduction to Teaching course. Further details can be found at www.brookes.ac.uk/OCSLD/Your-development/Teaching-and-learning/Teacher-development/PhD-student-or-learning-support-staff/

    OCSLD also run the Associate Teachers course (AT). This is an introductory teaching course designed for the University’s part-time teachers, known as associate teachers. This is a 20 credit module that confers Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Further details can be found on the OCSLD website at www.brookes.ac.uk/OCSLD/Courses/Teaching-and-learning/Associate-teachers-course/

    Are you looking for something to put the edge on your CV?

    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.

    For further information, please visit www.brookes.ac.uk/instepp.

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Details of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Doctoral Training Programme for 2018/19 can be found below.

    FHLS Doctoral Training Programme Calendar of Events 2018/19

    For further details of training sessions run within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, please contact Abigayle Langford, Research Administrator:  alangford@brookes.ac.uk


    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Details of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Doctoral Training Programme and Research Seminar Series for Semester 1 of the 2018/19 academic year can be found below.

    HSS DTP Semester 1, 2018/19

    HSS Research Seminar Series Semester 1, 2018/19

     

    For further information about training events within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, please contact the relevant Research Administrator, as follows:

    Department of Social Sciences and School of Law

    Terri Morris: tmorris@brookes.ac.uk

    School of Education

    Marinka Walker: mwalker@brookes.ac.uk

    Department of English and Modern Languages and School of History, Philosophy and Culture

    Charmian Hearne: chearne@brookes.ac.uk


    Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

    For new starters, Nicholas Walliman's Common Research Methods training takes place from 2.00 - 3.30pm on Tuesday 9 October in AB120a and Tuesday 16 October in AB101C.

    For the art strand of training, the Monday evening practice-based seminars are an opportunity for practice based PhD students to try out ideas, discuss their work and present ideas to each other in a supportive environment. Regular methodologies sessions examine what kinds of methods and approaches are distinctive for an art practice-based PhD and how we can learn from this. Regular sessions on approaches to practice-based research are an opportunity to hear from visiting guests and other researchers in the School. The sessions run every Monday evening 5.30-7.30pm in Green Room, Headington Hill Hall.

    For details of training in other strands, you can download details of the doctoral training programmes by clicking the links below. Please note, this semester’s programme for the environment strand is designed to include sessions for continuing students as well as those just starting. However, all sessions are open to all students.

    Technology DTP 2018/19

    Environment DTP 2018/19

    School of the Built Environment Seminars 2018/19

    For further details of training sessions run within the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, please contact Allison Stevens, Research Administrator: a.stevens@brookes.ac.uk


    Oxford Brookes Business School

    '20-20' Seminars

    20:20s consist of two (occasionally three) 15-20 minute presentations by doctoral students, plus Q&A, on a specific or broad research subject. The maximum number of slides is two and the emphasis is on clear, face-to-face communication.

    Typically 20:20s are attended by 30 or so students and supervisors and, therefore, apart from the academic side of things the seminars also offer a good chance to meet up with doctoral peers and supervisors.

    Dates and times:

    • 07 November 2018,  16:00 - 17:30
    • 14 November 2018,  16:00 - 17:30
    • 21 November 2018,  16:00 - 17:30  

    Location: Room JHB 201, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

    For further details of the '20-20' Seminars, or to volunteer to present, please contact Dr David Bowen:  dbowen@brookes.ac.uk.

    Quals B (Analysis) PhD seminars

    The Quals B (Analysis) PhD seminars will be running in the Autumn on the dates below, in room CLC 1.09 (also known as the Executive Education Suite).

    'Quals B' is about what we actually 'do' with all the fabulous data we've carefully generated. We'll consider questions such as how do we analyse, interpret, and make sense of our data, and how do we clarify what our research contributions will be. Because we'll be working with your data, the seminars are intended for PhD students who already have qualitative data sets and are starting to do initial analysis. The attached document gives suggestions on readings for the seminar series.

    Wednesday 24 October, 10am-4pm in CLC 1.09

    From data to coding (including: organising vs coding; how different logics-of-inquiry shape the process of coding; the 'black hole' of coding fetishism; the +/- of analytical processes such as grounded theory, constructivist GT, the 'Gioia approach', and theory-driven coding e.g. if analysing using a strong theoretical lens)

    Wednesday 31 October, 10am-4pm in CLC 1.09 

    From coding/initial-analysis to interpretation (including: selective and theoretical coding; analysing for silences and absences; theorising vs theory-creation; integrating multi-strand research; reflexivity; 'quality')

    Friday 9 November, 2pm-5pm in CLC 1.09 

    Identifying your contributions, and writing-up (including: identifying your audiences; types of contribution; balancing description, analysis and interpretation; comparing/evaluating different styles of journal writing; practical exercises on 'telling the story' in short abstracts)

    Tuesday 20 November, 1:30pm-4:30pm, in CLC 1.09

    Open agenda – where topics discussed will be shaped by your questions and concerns.

    If you'd like to join the seminars, or if you've questions about them, please email Dr Karen Handley ( khandley@brookes.ac.uk)

    Quantitative Methods Level B

    Dr Robert van der Veen will be running Quantitative Methods Level B seminars this semester on the following dates and times:

    Monday 12th November,15.00 to 18.00 in Gibbs G126
    Monday 19th November, 15.00 to 18.00 in JHB 403
    Monday 26th November, 15.00 to 18.00 in JHB 404
    Monday 3rd December, 15.00 to 18.00 in JHB 404
    Monday 10th December, 15.00 to 18.00 in JHB 404 

    Quants Level B extends what you will have learned and discussed on Quants Level A either last year or the year before. Further details can be found in the brief below.

    Quants Level B

    To book or for further information, please email Celia Taylor on bus-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk and CC  robert.vanderveen@brookes.ac.uk

  • 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).