Graduate college supervisor training

Academic Year 2022/2023

Semester 1 2022

Please register below for each of the training sessions you would like to complete and access will be given to the training material nearer the time.

Induction Session for new Research Students

Date and time: 3.00 - 5.00pm, 4 October 2022.

Location: Live event on JHB 303.

All supervisors should ensure that new students attend this session. Online training materials will be issued in advance of the live session.

The Oral Examination, the Role of the Internal Examiner

Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development.

Date: 2 November 2022.

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.

Please note that no member of staff who has not previously examined a research student at Oxford Brookes University may be proposed for the role of internal examiner unless they have completed this training session.

Research Ethics Process for PhD Students

Date and time: 7 December 2022, 11.00am -12.30pm.

Location: online via Google Meet Conferencing. An invitation will be sent out by email to all those who have registered for this session.

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 it may also be of general interest to others. Supervisors will find this a useful session to attend as preparation for guiding your students through the process of preparing and applying for ethical approval

Dr Robyn Curtis, Research Ethics and Integrity Officer.

Semester 2 2023

Please register below for each of the training sessions you would like to complete.

Research and Research Management Training - Supervisor Training - Session 1

Date and time: 25 January 2023, 1.00 - 2.00pm.

Location: all training materials will be emailed on 18 January 2023 together with an invitation to the live online session to all those who have registered. Please read these mandatory online materials before the session.

Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development.

Research and Research Management Training - Supervisor Training - Session 2

Date and time: 22 February 2023, 1.00 - 2.00pm.

Location: online live event via Google Meet Conferencing. All training materials will be emailed on 15 February 2023 together with an invitation to the live online session to all those who have registered. Please read these mandatory online materials before the session.

Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development.

Keeping up to date with your research

Date and time: 29 March 2023, 1.00pm - 2.00 pm

Location: online live event to be held via Google Meet Conferencing. Google invitations will be sent to all those who have registered for this event.

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.

Helen Whittaker, Academic Liaison Team Leader

Experienced Supervisors' Update

Date and time: 17 May 2023, 1.00pm - 2.30pm.

Location: online live event to be held via Google Meet Conferencing. Google invitations will be sent by to all those who have registered for this session.

This session is open to all supervisors who have not attended any training for one or two years. It is designed to up-date you on changes to Research Degree Regulations and procedures and to inform you of specific priorities set by the Research Degrees Committee in order to comply with and take forward all OfS requirements and the University's current Research Strategy.

Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development.

Supporting your research student to build an effective professional network

Date: 15 March 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.

Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development

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 skill that does not come easily to many. As a supervisor, we have a responsibility to encourage and support the research students in our care to develop effective professional networks. In this short presentation, we will suggest some ways that we can do this in a supportive and practical way.

Incorporating mentoring principles into your supervisory practice

Date: 19 April.

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.

Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development.

Supervision should be supportive, and should encourage the research student to develop the skills they need to become an effective and independent researcher, as well as providing constructive critical feedback on progress. Whilst all supervisor-student relationships are unique, depending on the personalities and the needs of those involved, and whilst mentoring and supervision are distinct, still incorporating some basic mentoring principles into everyday research supervision can be highly effective. In this session, we consider the benefits of taking this type of approach, and consider practical ways in which it can be used to foster independence, self-confidence and reflection in our research students.

Supporting your research students to manage their research records and make a data management plan

Date: 10 May 2023

Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development.

Whatever your discipline, your research student will keep records of their 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 research students generate, and how, as supervisors, we can support them to think carefully about how they capture, store and manage the outputs of their research throughout the lifecycle of the project.

Repeats of training offered in January and February 2023

Research and Research Management Training - Supervisor Training - Session 1

Date and time: 7 June 2023, 1.00pm - 2.00pm.

Location: live online event. The online materials will be emailed on the 31 May together with an invitation to the live online session to all those who have registered. Please read these mandatory online materials before the session.

'Designing and registering a research degree, and recruiting students'.

Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development.

Research and Research Management Training - Supervisor Training - Session 2

Date and time: 5 July 2023, 1.00pm - 2.00pm. 

Location: a live session via Online Google Meet. Google invitations will be sent to all those who have registered for this session. Please read these mandatory online materials before the session.

'Management of a research degree programme, ethical approval, monitoring, progression and examining a research degree'.

Professor Susan Brooks, Director of Researcher Development.

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For further information about the Graduate College sessions or if you would like to discuss your training needs, please contact Research Degrees Team.

Research Degrees Team

rdt-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk

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