Graduate college training programme

The Graduate College training during the academic year 2022/23 will be delivered on three ways:

  • online pre-recorded materials sent by email to all those who have registered for the session
  • online live sessions delivered via Google Meet conferencing
  • live sessions.

Please register for the sessions that have a booking button. 

Time Management: planning your research degree and keeping up momentum

Date and time: Tuesday 15 November 2022, 10:00am - 12:00 noon.

Location: Live session on room JHB 303.

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.

The Viva examination

Date: 16 November 2022.

Location: Pre-recorded materials only. Links to the materials will be sent by email to all those who have registered for the session.

Produced by: Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development.

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.

Intellectual property (IP) training for researchers

Date and time: Tuesday 6 December 2022, 12:00pm - 13:00pm.

Location: A short training video will be released 1 month in advance of the Online live Q & A session via zoom.

Presenter: Dr Ed Cole, IP and Commercialisation Manager.

In this session, you will learn the essentials of Intellectual Property 9IP), how to identify the various forms of IP, how they can be protected and what to do when you have ideas that you think are commercialisable. training will cover copyright; patents, designs and trade marks; IP policy and support.

Research ethics process for PhD students

Date and time: Wednesday 7 December 2022, 11:00am -12:30pm.

Location: Online via Google Meet Conferencing - Google invitations will be sent out to all those who have registered for the session.

Presenter: Dr Robyn Curtis, Research Ethics and Integrity Officer.

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.

Tackling the writing up stage of the research degree

Date and time: Wednesday 7 December 2022, 1:00pm - 2:30pm.

Location: Live session on room G116.

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.

Integrating public engagement into your research

Date and time: Thursday 9 February 2023, 1:00pm - 3:00pm.

Location: Interactive online workshop via Zoom. A link will be sent to all those registered for this workshop.

Presenter: Professor Anna Nekaris, University Public Engagement and Outreach Lead.

Description: The Public Engagement Network (PEN) at Oxford Brookes offers researchers opportunities and support to help you incorporate public engagement activities and assessment into your research. In this workshop we will introduce you to the opportunities available from PEN, as well as navigate you through your own research, through a series of activities, with an aim of helping you to develop a personal public engagement strategy.

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

Date and time: Wednesday 1 March 2023, 1:00 - 2:00 pm 

Location: Live event will be held Online via Google Meet Conferencing, a link to the live event will be sent by email to all those who have registered for this session.

Description: 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, plagiarism, attribution and licencing affect the publishing of research data.

Presenter: Daniel Croft, Scholarly Communications and Research Team Leader, Oxford Brookes Library

Evaluating your public engagement activities

Date and time: Wednesday 8 March 2023, 12:30pm - 2:30pm.

Location: Interactive online workshop via Zoom. A link to the meeting will be sent to all those registered for this workshop.

Presenter: Professor Anna Nekaris, University Public Engagement and Outreach Lead.

Description: The session will comprise presentations, activities, ideas and analyses for how to assess your Public Engagement activities. Ranging from interviews to questionnaires to creative ways you may not have thought of before, this session can help you measure the impact of your research.

Commercialising an Idea, StartUps & Spin-Outs

Date and time: Friday 17 March 2023, 1:00pm - 2:00pm.

Location: Interactive online session with expert panel via Zoom. One month before the zoom live session, a link and two short videos will be sent to all those who have registered for this session.

Description: Could an idea resulting from your research become a commercial opportunity? Do you want to find out more about what a StartUp is and how this differs from a Spin-Out? At this session we will hear from successful entrepreneurs on the challenges and rewards of commercialising an idea from your research. We will also learn about internal funding opportunities and support available to you, from our experts in Commercialisation and Enterprise.

How to get the most out of conferences

Date and time: Wednesday 22 March 2023, 4:00pm - 5:00pm.

Location: Live event on room JHB 201.

Presenter: Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development.

Description: Many research students will have the opportunity to attend - and perhaps to present their work - at a conference. Conferences are a brilliant venue for raising your profile as a researcher and for networking, and it is really important that you make the most of the opportunity. In this presentation, we consider how to make the most of conferences and the opportunities they offer, including strategies for effective networking while you are there.

Keeping up to date with your research

Date and time: Wednesday 29 March 2023, 1:00pm - 2:00pm.

Location: Live Online via Google Meet Conferencing.

Presenter: Helen Whittaker, Academic Liaison Team Leader.

Description: Keeping up to date with the huge amount of information available to you can be overwhelming and challenging. This session provides tips and strategies for staying current in your area of research and managing your information. We will also look at key current awareness resources and tools.

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

Date and time: Wednesday 5 April 2023 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm.

Location: Live session room JHB 201.

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.

A step by step guide to publishing your research findings

Date: 12 April 2023.

Location: pre-recorded materials only – links to the materials will be sent by email on the day of the session to all those who have registered.

Description: Having a strong publication record is crucial for academic success. In this presentation we will consider the range of skills you will need to successfully publish your research findings, from choosing the right publishing platform to producing a polished and professional manuscript. We will consider the value of getting, and responding to feedback on your writing, and suggest practical ways in which you find the time, space and motivation to focus on your writing.

Endnote training - Managing information overload

Date and time: Wednesday 26 April 2023 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm.

Location: Online via Google Meet Conferencing.

Presenter: Helen Whittaker.

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.

Embedding Impact in your Research

Date and time: Tuesday 16 May 2023, 1:00pm - 2:30pm.

Location: interactive online live workshop via Zoom. A link will be sent to all those registered for this session.

Presenter: Professor Tina Miller, Research Impact Champion.

Description: This session will provide an overview of how impact is understood in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and how you might think about impact more generally in your research. It will focus on how research impact can be embedded, all the way from initial research design to producing evidence that your research outcomes have made a change of some kind.

Managing your research records and your data management plan

Date: 17 May 2023.

Location: pre-recorded materials only – links to the materials will be sent by email on the day of the session to all those who have registered.

Description: Whatever your discipline, you will keep records of your research and be required to produce a 'data management plan' for registration. In this presentation we consider the many different types of research records and 'data' that you might generate, and how you can plan carefully to capture, store and manage the outputs of your research throughout the lifecycle of your project.

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

Date and time: Wednesday 17 May 2023, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: Online – live event will be held via Google Meet Conferencing, a link to the live event will be sent by email to all those who have registered for this session. 

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.

Strategies for successful networking

Date and time: Wednesday 31 May 2023, 12:00pm - 1:30pm.

Location: Live session, room JHB 201.

Presenter: Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Research Development.

Description: We are all aware that effective networking is an essential skill for a researcher and can contribute considerably to your career success whether you choose to stay within academia or seek a career in another field. However, networking is a professional skill that does not come easily to many, especially at the beginning of your research career. In this presentation, we will suggest some ways that you can strategically develop an effective professional network, and ways in which your supervisors can support you to do so in a practical way.

Research degrees – strategies for successful part-time study

Date and time: Wednesday 21 June 2023, 1:00pm - 2:00pm.

Location: Online Live event will be held via Google Meet Conferencing. A link to the live event will be sent by email to all those who have registered for this session.

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.

Introduction to publishing journal articles

Date and time: Wednesday 5 July 2023, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: Online - Live event will be held Online via Google Meet Conferencing, a link to the live event will be sent by email to all those who have registered for this session.

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'.

Research integrity at Brookes - a brief guide to general principles

Date: 12 July 2023.

Location: Pre-recorded materials only – links to the materials will be sent by email on the day of the session to all those who have registered.

Description: As an academic community, Oxford Brookes University has a responsibility to encourage and nurture the highest possible standards of intellectual honesty and integrity. Here we introduce the basic principles around how Brookes expects you to plan and conduct your research, record and report your findings, and disseminate, apply and exploit the fruits of your research.