Training and networking events

  • Academic Year 2017/2018

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

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

    All sessions are held on a Wednesday unless otherwise stated.


  • Semester 1 - 2017

    Description Date and time Location

    Induction Session for New Research Students

    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 JHB 304 from 5.00pm.

    (Jill Organ will email you once all new students have enrolled to confirm a place at induction and the welcome reception.)

    Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development

    18 October

    10.30pm - 4.00pm

    JHB 303

    Gipsy Lane site

    Semester 2 - 2018

    Description Date and time Location

    Induction Session for New Research Students

    This session is compulsory for all new research students as it 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.)

    Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development

    28 March

    12.00pm – 4.00pm

    TBC


    Semester 1 - 2017

    Description Date and time Location

    Time Management: planning your research degree and keeping up momentum

    One of the key skills to successfully completing a research degree is good time management. The research student needs to balance the many facets of their programme with the many other things going on in their lives, meet multiple and complex deadlines, and finally submit their thesis on time. It is quite a juggling act! And it can be very stressful trying to get everything right. This very practical session looks at the research degree as a 'project' and explores strategies for managing that project. 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.

    Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development

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    25 October

    12.00pm  -  1.00pm 

    G534

    Gibbs Building Gipsy Lane site

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

    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.

    Dr Dana Vilistere, Research Impact Officer, RDBO

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    15 November

    12.00pm - 2.00pm

    G501

    Gibbs Building - Gipsy Lane site

    '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, Director of Researcher Development

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    29 November

    12.00pm- 1.00pm

    G501

    Gibbs Building - Gipsy Lane site

    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

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    6 December

    11.00pm- 1.00pm

    JHB303

    John Henry Brookes Building,

    Gipsy Lane site

    'Tackling the writing up stage of the research degree'

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

    Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development

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    13 December

    12.00pm– 1.00pm

    G501

    Gibbs Building, Gipsy Lane site

    Semester 2 - 2018

    Description Date and time Location

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

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

    Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development

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    14 March

    12.00pm – 2.00pm

    TBC

    Data management and Storage

    Professor Chris Hawes, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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    21 March

    4.00pm - 5.00pm 

    TBC

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

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

    Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development

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    11 April

    4.00pm – 5.00pm

    TBC

    Presentation Workshop - Session 1 (Open to all students)

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

    Professor John Runions, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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    18 April

    1.00pm – 3.00pm

    TBC

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

    Professor John Runions, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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    9 May

    TBC

    Media Training Workshop

    Media Players International

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    16 May

    9.00am - 5.00pm 

    TBC

    'Shut Up and Write'

    Are you writing your PhD thesis?

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

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

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

    TBC

    TBC

    Introduction to Public Engagement

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

    Dr Anne Osterrieder, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    TBC

    TBC

    'Shut Up and Write'

    Are you writing your PhD thesis?

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

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

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

    TBC

    TBC

    12 Tips on how to make LinkedIn work for you

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

    Dr Anne Osterrieder, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    TBC

    TBC

    Semester 1- 2017

    Description Date and time Location

    Welcome Reception for New Students

    and Networking Social Event for all current Research Students and Supervisors

    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. 

    18 October

    From 5.00pm

    JHB 304, Gipsy Lane site 

    (Please note room change to JHB 304)

    Cream Tea and Tour of the Bodleian Library

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

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

    7 November

    From 10.30am

    Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

    Speed Networking Event

    All research students are invited to a speed networking event for research students. This will be an informal occasion at which research students from across all faculties can explore each others’ interests and ideas. During the morning you will have a series of 6 minute conversations with other research students. You will learn how to briefly introduce yourself and your research topic and have the opportunity to find out about the range of research undertaken by research students at Oxford Brookes. 

    There will be a short break for tea, coffee and pastries.

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    6 December

    10.00am to 12.00pm 

    JHB128 Executive Suite

    Semester 2 - 2018

    Description Date and time Location

    3 Minute Thesis Event

    Research students from all faculties are invited to take part in the first 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. 

    You can register your interest for this event now, however, please be advised there will be a maximum of 15 participants and places are available on a first-come first-served basis, so register early to avoid disappointment!

    Please also note the date is subject to change due to room availability. Further details will be made available in due course.

    REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

    7 February

    10.00am to 2.00pm

    TBC

    Research Student Breakfast Seminar

    Our first ever 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.

    REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

    20 March

    9.30am to 12.00pm 

    TBC

    Annual Graduate College Research Student Exhibition and Competition

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

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

    More details

     

    2-3 May

    10.00am - 5.30pm 

    Exhibition in The Forum, JHBB, Gipsy Lane site

    Prize-giving and lunch in JHB128

    Tour of the Oxford Botanic Garden

    A 60-90 minute guided tour of the Oxford Botanic Garden, followed by a picnic lunch (weather permitting!) 

    Your tour will be led by a member of horticultural staff and will include the history of the Botanic Garden and an introduction to the collections, conservation, and the work currently being  undertaken. 

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

    7 June

    From 11.00am

    Oxford Botanic Garden, Rose Lane, Oxford, OX1 4AZ


    Semester 1 - 2017

    Description Date and time Location

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

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

    Katie Hambrook and Rowena Rouse, Learning Resources

    TBC 

    11.00am - 12.00pm

    TBC

    Semester 2 - 2018

    Description Date and time Location

    Endnote Training

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

    Helen Whittaker, Library Services

    2 November 2017

    12.00pm-1.00pm

     

     JHB 302

    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

    22 November 2017

    12.00pm-1.00pm

    G501

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

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

    IT services available for research students include:

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

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

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

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

    Royal Literary Fund Fellows

    One-to-one tutorials on essays, dissertations and theses are available with Oxford Brookes RLF Fellows Nigel Cliff and Max Eilenberg. Tutorials are open to all research students and are free and confidential.

    Nigel Cliff is a non-fiction author and translator. He is available on Mondays and Tuesdays, 11.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00.

    Max Eilenberg is a children's author and essayist. He is available Thursdays 11.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00; Fridays 9.00-12.00 and 13.00-15.00.

    All tutorials are held in Room T404, Tonge Building, Gipsy Lane site.

    To book a tutorial, please email Nigel ncliff@brookes.ac.uk or Max meilenberg@brookes.ac.uk

    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  /students/upgrade/


    Semester 1 - 2017

    Description Date and time Location

    Coaching Tools for Personal and Professional Development

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

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

    Booking essential.

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Centre

    Booking: jmoyle@brookes.ac.uk

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

    3 October

    10.00am - 1.00pm

    TBC

    Peer Coaching Lunch

    For anyone who has previously attended a researcher Coaching Tools training session (whether this year or last).  Refresh and refine your skills and gain support by coaching and being coached by fellow researchers.

    Further sessions will be added through the year to meet demand.

    Free lunch.  Booking essential.

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Centre

    Booking: jmoyle@brookes.ac.uk

    This session is open to all Brookes research students and fixed-term research staff who have previously attended a Coaching Tools for Researchers training session.

    25 October

    12.00 - 1.30pm

    TBC

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

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

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

    Free lunch.  Booking essential.

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Service

    Booking: jmoyle@brookes.ac.uk

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

    11 November

    10.30am - 3.30pm

    TBC
     

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

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

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

    Booking essential.   

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Service

    Booking: jmoyle@brookes.ac.uk

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

    22 November

    10.00am - 1.00pm 

     TBC

    Networking and Social Media for Researcher Careers

    An introduction to strategies, tools and resources to build your network both on- and off-line and manage social media as part of your professional life.  In this workshop we will examine and evaluate a range of strategies and resources for building your professional network and using social media to develop your online profile. Expect a whistle-stop tour of some familiar and less familiar tools and the principles by which to evaluate where the potential benefits of increased engagement may lie for you professionally. 

    No booking required.

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Service

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

    12 December 

    10.00am - 12.00pm 

     

    JHBB - Forum Library Training Room

     

    Semester 2  - 2018

    Description Date and time Location

    Life Design Training for Researchers

    Whatever our current situation, we can all benefit from engaging more intentionally with the ongoing and lifelong project of working out what a well-designed life looks like for us and how to build and evolve it in a dynamic world with multiple demands, choices and possible selves.  In this interactive workshop you will learn how to apply design principles to make conscious changes towards leading the life you want to live. You have just started your PhD or be facing a more immediate career transition. Your current aspirations may be focused on a career within or beyond academic research.   

    This session will help you to explore what it is that gives you energy and purpose. It will introduce you to creative, fun and collaborative design processes through which to identify ideas and build your way towards a more fulfilling life by testing them out in the real world.

    Booking essential.  

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Centre

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

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

    21 February

    9.30pm - 3.30pm

    TBC

    How to Get a Job: Applications Masterclass for Researchers

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

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

    No booking required.

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Service

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

    14 March 

    10.00am - 12.00pm

    JHBB, Forum Library Training Room

    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.

    No booking required.

    Dr Jo Moyle, Careers Consultant, Careers Service

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

    18 April

    10.00am - 12.00pm 

     

    JHBB, Forum Library Training Room

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

    Counselling talks available

    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 PhD student who is going to be involved in some teaching you will need to complete the Introduction to Teaching course. This course runs over two half days in March or November each year, please contact ocsld@brookes.ac.uk for further details and to book.

    If you want to extent your teaching knowledge, you can sign up for our associate teachers’ course which runs every September and January. This is a 20 credit module that confers Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. OCSLD run the Associate Teacher Training courses and details can be found at their site on the following web page: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/OCSLD/Your-development/Teaching-and-learning/Teacher-development/PhD-student-or-learning-support-staff/

  • 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).