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UWE Skills development for researchers 2011

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An overview of the development workshops that we offer at UWE for Early Career Researchers

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UWE Skills development for researchers 2011

  1. 1. Researcher SkillsDevelopment Workshops 2011/12
  2. 2. About these Skills Development Workshops IT Training In Software PackagesAt UWE, Bristol we are committed to supporting the Human Resources, through the Learning and Developmentdevelopment of early career researchers throughout their Centre, offer training for all staff at UWE in the Microsofttime here whether that be on a research degree programme Office suite of software (version 2007). Sessions on two ofor as a member of staff employed to undertake research. An the most popular packages, Managing Long Documents inimportant part of this is the expectation that UWE researchers Microsoft Word & Using Microsoft Excel for Processing Dataproactively engage in skills development activities that are are listed in this brochure. Researchers also have free accessoffered by Faculties/Departments and by Research, Business & to any of the IT training that Human Resources offer whichInnovation (RBI). includes courses aimed at the beginner through to more advanced levels. Please refer to the Human Resources website.Vitae (a national organisation supporting the careerdevelopment of researchers in UK universities) in partnershipwith the UK Research Councils have published a ResearcherDevelopment Framework (RDF) which sets out a range ofskills, knowledge, behaviours and attributes that researchers Booking Informationshould look to demonstrate as they become more For further information or to book a place on any of theexperienced. The aim of this programme is to provide, along workshops listed please contact the Research Support Service:with subject specific training within Faculties, opportunities to E-mail: those skills you may not have already acquired (see for detail) as well as supporting the Telephone: 0117 32 83974community of researchers at UWE. All of the workshops available to researchers are free of charge and can be registered for via the RBI website: 1
  3. 3. Frequently Asked Questions 5. Are refreshments provided? Yes, refreshments are offered as standard on all of our 1. How much does it cost to attend? workshops. Where a workshop is offered over a whole day, All of the workshops that we offer on the skills development we will normally offer participants vouchers for lunch to be programme are free of charge to all postgraduate research redeemed at a university food outlet. students and research staff. 6. Where are the workshops held? 2. Am I eligible to attend? The majority of the workshops are held in room 3S512 within All postgraduate research degree students (MPhil/PhD/ S Block on Frenchay Campus. The IT workshops are held in professional doctorate) and research staff are eligible to attend the Learning & Development Centre (Botetourt House) which is the workshops. Postgraduate taught and undergraduate located on the Bristol Business Park (opposite the East entrance students will not normally be eligible to attend. to Frenchay Campus). Please refer to the maps in this brochure for further detail. 3. How do I book onto a workshop? Please visit the RBI events section [ 7. How do I cancel a booking? events/workshops.asp] for a full list of workshops offered. For If you are unable to attend a workshop after booking a place, each event there is a link to register online, it is simple and please e-mail or telephone 0117 32 83974 quick to complete. 8. Are the skills development workshops compulsory? 4. What happens if a workshop is fully booked? No, the skills development programme is offered as a broad Should a workshop become fully booked, then we will operate platform of events with recognition that researchers may decide a waiting list and inform you promptly if a space becomes what is appropriate to meet their individual training needs. available. Should there be sufficient demand, a repeat workshop may be commissioned.2
  4. 4. 9. Do the workshops offered count toward the research a result the UK Research Councils set out a range of skillsdegree credit requirement? and abilities that they would expect all research students toThe workshops offered are not credit bearing although some demonstrate by the time they complete their studies, not justfaculties have structures that can account for attendance for to enhance their degree programme, but also to improve theirthe purposes of research degree credit requirement. employability, regardless of their career path. These skills and abilities were set out in the RCUK Joint Statement on Skills10. Who designs and delivers the workshops? (2001).The workshops are designed by the Researcher Skills More recently, a comprehensive Researcher DevelopmentDevelopment Officer, Dr. Paul Spencer, who has experience of Framework (RDF) has been published by Vitae, a nationalcompleting a research degree at UWE as well as designing and organisation that promotes researcher development, describingdelivering generic skills development events. Some workshops the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of effective andare delivered by external experts with the remainder being highly skilled researchers appropriate for a wide range ofdelivered by experts from within UWE. careers.11. Why does UWE offer a skills development In recognition of the broader range of skills and abilities that should be enhanced, RBI offer a skills development programmeprogramme? across the whole university with the focus on the transferableThe nature of undertaking a higher degree by research has and/or generic elements to support the subject specificchanged in recent years as a result of a national review of provision within faculties. This ensures that at UWE all areas ofthe provision of postgraduate research programmes (“SET the Researcher Development Framework are addressed.for Success” report, Sir Gareth Roberts), there is now furtheremphasis on the development of research skills as part ofa research degree as well as the production of a thesis. As 3
  5. 5. 12. How/where can I find out more? Research, Business and Innovation (RBI) More information about the support that Research, Business & Innovation offer UWE researchers can be found on this website: Vitae – Researcher Development Organisation Vitae is a national organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes. Vitae provides resources, advice, information and fora for individual postgraduate researchers and members of research staff who are interested in their professional development and careers Research Councils UK Research Councils UK (RCUK) is a strategic partnership between the seven UK Research Councils. RCUK was established in 2002 to enable the Councils to work together more effectively to enhance the overall impact and effectiveness of their research, training and innovation activities, contributing to the delivery of the Government’s objectives for science and innovation.
  6. 6. Researcher Development Framework (RDF)Researcher Development Framework is a tool for planning,promoting and supporting the personal, professional and careerdevelopment of researchers in higher education. It describes theknowledge, skills, behaviours and personal qualities of researchersand encourages them to aspire to excellence through achievinghigher levels of development. It details, for different stages ofresearchers’ careers, the competencies that they might aspire to.The RDF was created from empirical data, collected throughinterviewing researchers, to identify the characteristics of excellentresearchers expressed in the RDF as ‘descriptors. The descriptorsare structured in four domains and twelve sub-domains,encompassing the knowledge, intellectual abilities, techniquesand professional standards to do research, as well as the personalqualities, knowledge and skills to work with others and ensurethe wider impact of research. Each of the sixty-three descriptorscontains between three to five phases, representing distinctstages of development or level of performance withinthat descriptor.The RDF provides a comprehensive underpinning for aprofessional development tool that Vitae have developed forresearchers to audit their own skills, knowledge, attributes andbehaviours against those set out on the RDF. It can be accessed the Vitae website Researcher-Development-Framework.html 5
  7. 7. Workshops at a Glance Engagement Influence + Impact Knowledge + Intellectual Abilities The knowledge and skills to work with others The knowledge, intellectual abilities and and ensure the wider impact of research. techniques to do research Research Student Welcome Event Nvivo 9 Thursday 06 October 2011, 16:00-19:30, Friday 14 and 21 October, 2011, Thursday 09 and Friday 10 Room 3S512, Frenchay campus February 2012, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 March 2012, 09:30 - 16:30, IT Training room 1, Botetourt House, Bristol Business Park Perfect Posters The Progression Exam Tuesday 15 November 2011 and Tuesday 08 May 2012, Monday 24 October 2011, Monday 30 January 2012, 09:30-12:30, Room 3S512, Frenchay campus 09:30-12:30 and Monday 30 April 2012, 09:30-12:30, The Digital Researcher Room 3S512, Frenchay campus Wednesday 01 February 2012, 09:30-16:30, Writing Up Your Thesis Room 3S512, Frenchay campus Monday 31 October 2011 and Monday 19 March 2012, The Art and Science of Communication 09:30-12:30, Room 3S512, Frenchay campus Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 February 2012, The Final Viva 09:30-16:30, Room 3S512, Frenchay campus Monday 31 October 2011 and Monday 19 March 2012, First Steps to Small Group Teaching 13:30-16:30, Room 3S512, Frenchay campus Wednesday 16 May 2012, 09:30-16:30 Managing Long Documents in Microsoft Word 2007 Wednesday 16 November 2011 and Wednesday 07 March Managing Working Relationships 2012, IT Training room 1, Botetourt House, Bristol Business Park Monday 14 May 2012, 09:30-16:30, Room 3S512, Frenchay campus Using Microsoft Excel 2007 to Process Data Wednesday 23 November 2011 and Wednesday 14 March 2012, IT Training room 1, Botetourt House, Bristol Business Park6
  8. 8. Research Governance + Organisation Personal Effectiveness The knowledge of the standards, requirements The personal qualities and approach and professionalism to do research to be an effective researcherThe Beginners’ Guide to the Research Degree Researchers’ ForumTuesday 18 October 2010, 09:30-16:30, Room 3S512, Friday 30 September 2011, Frome, ECCFrenchay campus The Effective ResearcherGetting Published, Strategies for Successful Researchers Friday 18 November 2011, 09:30-16:30, Room 3S512,Wednesday 29 February 2012, 09:30-12:30, Room 3S512, Frenchay campusFrenchay campus The Effective Part time ResearcherProject Management in a Nutshell Saturday 19 November 2011, 09:30-16:30, Room 3S512,Tuesday 22 May 2012, 09:30-12:30, Room 3S512, Frenchay campusFrenchay campus The Common Good: Spotlight on Social EnterpriseFuture Directions Wednesday 08 February 2012, 09:30-16:30, Room 3S512,Tuesday 29 May 2012, 09:30-16:30, Room 3S512, Frenchay campusFrenchay campus How to Win Funds and Influence People Thursday 22 March 2012, 09:30-16:30, Room 3S512, Frenchay campus 7
  9. 9. Researchers’ Forum • Identifying audiences for your research beyond the The UWE Researchers’ Forum is an important platform for all immediately obvious staff for whom promotion issues are dealt with through the • Planning to do something with what has been learned. Research Grade and Progression Group, including Research Friday 30 September 2011, 09:30 - 16:00, Frome, UWE Associates, Research Fellows etc. and provides a platform to Exhibition & Conference Centre run development events specifically for research staff to support their career aspirations. The September forum will focus on increasing your impact as a researcher by managing your profile and getting your research Research Student Welcome Event noticed. This popular event is being held on the Frenchay Campus and is designed to provide recently registered research students The way you present yourself and the impact this has with an overview of the institutional support that is available (including verbal and non-verbal communication, confidence, throughout their research degree programmes. The event is assertiveness, energy and self-esteem) informal and focuses on providing new researchers with the • Separating self-promotion from profile-raising; how to opportunity to socialise with their peer group from across the speak with energy about your research without sounding whole University. The event will cover the following like an unappealing show-off • A welcome and introduction to UWE from the Graduate • Engaging people with your research by making it School Director understandable, memorable and exciting in conversations • A chance to hear from current research students (including story-telling and choice of language) • A guide to the support available to research students • Exploring the impact your research has and how you can • A social event with a buffet in the Street Cafe get this across in your formal and informal communications8
  10. 10. All UWE research students who are within their first 6 months The Beginners’ Guide to the Research Degreeof registration are encouraged to attend. This workshop is aimed at research students who are in theWednesday 05 October 2011, 16:00 - 19:30, Room 3S512, early stages of the research degree. The workshop will presentS Block, Frenchay Campus an overview of the research degree programme at UWE and will include advice on planning your research project, applying for ethical approval and arrangements for protecting intellectual property generated.NVivo 9: Software for Qualitative Data Analysis Tuesday 18 October 2011, 09:30 - 16:30, Room 3S512,This software package for computer assisted qualitative data S Block, Frenchay Campusanalysis is widely used at UWE, Bristol and an institutionallicence for its use is held. The aim of these sessions are toprovide participants with an overview of the potential ofthe software and an idea of its long-term usage, whilst also The Progression Examproviding a grounding in the basic tools and tasks which are This workshop aims to explain the regulations surroundingmost often used in a real project. this important hurdle in the research degree process to betterFriday 14 and 21 October, 2011, Thursday 09 and Friday enable research students to navigate it successfully by providing10 February 2012, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 March 2012, hints & tips on putting together the written element and09:30 – 16:30, IT Training room 1, Botetourt House, Bristol preparation for the oral examination.Business Park Monday 24 October 2011, Monday 30 January 2012 and Monday 30 April 2012, 09:30 – 12:30, Room 3S512, S Block, Frenchay campus 9
  11. 11. Managing Long Documents in Microsoft Word 2007 Using Microsoft Excel 2007 to Process Data A workshop concentrating on using advanced facilities Microsoft Excel provides a number of tools for data processing, in Microsoft Word such as master documents, outlining, suitable for small-scale surveys or any kind of research data. If referencing and indexing to keep your thesis well organised and you are looking for a simpler alternative to a major database easy to manage. Suitable for all research students who have an application, then this is likely to provide everything you intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word. need. Suitable for all research students with an intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Excel. Wednesday 16 November 2011 and Wednesday 07 March 2012, 09:30 - 12:30, IT Training Room 1, Botetourt Wednesday 23 November 2011 and Wednesday 14 House, Bristol Business Park (opposite Frenchay Campus March 2012, 09:30 – 12:30, IT Training Room 1, Botetourt entrance). House, Bristol Business Park (opposite Frenchay Campus entrance). Writing Up Your Thesis This popular workshop is aimed at focusing on the problems The Final Viva Examination of organising material, overcoming writer’s block and useful Advice on preparing for the final viva voce examination and its techniques for getting the writing done. Suitable for students in aftermath, with plenty of opportunity for asking questions. Suitable mid-term or later stages of their research degree programmes. for students who are preparing for the final stages of their study. Monday 31 October 2011 and Monday 19 March 2012, Monday 31 October 2011 and Monday 19 March 2012, 09:30 – 12:30, Room 3S512, S Block, Frenchay campus 13:30 – 16:30, Room 3S512, S Block, Frenchay campus10
  12. 12. Perfect Posters and working styles in a format that is both attractive and usefulThis workshop will explore how to effectively communicate to a large number of researchers.your research in the form of a poster. We will be looking at Friday 18 November 2011, 09:30 – 16:30, Room 3S512, Svisual communication and why presenting a poster is different Block, Frenchay campusto writing a research paper or giving an oral presentation.Participants will have the chance to discuss hints and tips fordesigning posters that maximise impact. The Effective Part Time ResearcherTuesday 15 November 2011 and Tuesday 08 May 2012, This one day programme is aimed at those 6-18 months into09:30 – 12:30, Room 3S512, S Block, Frenchay campus their Part-time PhD or professional doctorate. It has been designed with the needs of those who are balancing doctoral studies with a wider set of professional and/or home lifeThe Effective Researcher Programme commitments in mind and is a good opportunity to share experiences, good practice and strategies for managing theThis intensive workshop is designed to address the needs of process of the research and will cover:researchers who are new to the challenges of undertaking aresearch project with the aim of increasing confidence in project • Facilitated activities and discussion to enable participants tomanagement and managing the relationship with a research talk about their research, the process they are involved in,supervisor. Specifically the workshop is designed to provide their skills development and to share good practice.participants with an opportunity to build their understanding, • Making the PhD fit with the rest of my life a mix of smallskills and confidence in communication, planning, time group and individual exercises designed to elicit how peoplemanagement, problem solving, leadership and assertiveness, as manage priorities, how they make their research happen andwell as building a greater self-awareness of individual’s learning to share tips and experiences on how they get it all done. 11
  13. 13. • Sharing the experience of someone who has completed The Common Good: spotlight on Social enterprise their doctoral studies part-time and the supervisor Social enterprises are businesses that do things differently, they perspective. trade goods and services in a way that adds or creates social • Exploring the role of an academic supervisor for a part-time value; in fact the social or environmental aims of the business researcher. are of equal importance to its commercial activities. This added value comes from the way social enterprises use profits Saturday 19 November 2011, 09:30 – 16:30, Room 3S512, to maximise social, community or environmental benefits. S Block, Frenchay campus This workshop has been designed to allow participants to find out more about these innovative organisations, hearing from inspirational people who have successfully started these ventures and allowing participants to explore some of their own Digital Researcher creative solutions to social and environmental challenges in a Social media is booming. You can now find user generated way that provides the opportunity to consider social enterprise content in just about all spheres of life; politics, music, history, as a possible outlet for the skills that researchers typically you name it and it can be found. What about the field of develop. academic research? Are the critics right to sneer at social media as being trivial time-wasting activities or could there be a real Wednesday 08 February 2012, 09:30 – 16:30, Room 3S512, benefit to the researchers who do engage using more of the S Block, Frenchay campus tools at their disposal? This hands on interactive workshop will allow researchers to explore the use of social media tools with a view to improving their practice in an academic research context. Wednesday 01 February 2012, 09:30 – 16:30, Room TBC, S Block, Frenchay campus12
  14. 14. The Art and Science of Communication communication can result in being quantified as compelling.It is easy to quantify someone with a great proficiency in Piero Vitelli, Island 41 Ltdathletics, performance or industry. What we grade is the Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 February 2012,difference in levels of skill, application and result. Applying the 09:30 – 16:30, Room 3S512, S Block, Frenchay campussame logic to how we communicate might not seem usefulgiven that it is something that we have all done since the daywe were born, but this course argues that communication is abehaviour rather than a skill. It is a deliberately chosen response Getting Published, Strategies for Successfulto the environment in which we find ourselves, and one that if Researchersdone without conscious effort is little more than a reflex. If our This workshop aims to explore the common strategies employedargument is valid, it stands to reason that a conscious behaviour by researchers in engaging with public output of their research.can be far more effective and potentially less harmful than a It will cover topics such as who one should write for, whichhabitual response to external stimuli. journals to target, ensuring compliance with author guidelinesThis is a two-day course designed to provide an environment in and publication ethics.which participants practise shaping communication in order to Wednesday 29 February 2012, 09:30-12:30, Room 3S512,disseminate their work in a variety of settings, whether traditional S Block, Frenchay campusor incidental. Topics explored such as impact, involvement andengagement will help participants build their confidence throughexperimentation, discussion and feedback.This course responds to the current climate of austerity bybeing unapologetically content-rich and time-poor, and aimsto prove that there is much to be gained by learning to controllevels of skill, aptitude and application that will mean conscious 13
  15. 15. How to Win Funds and Influence People First Steps to Small Group Teaching Understanding how research attracts funding is key to Early Career Researchers often take on some kind of teaching progressing in a research career. This workshop has been role alongside their research whether leading a seminar, designed to give participants an opportunity to learn about demonstrating practical aspects of science courses, assisting how research is funded in the UK, to practice putting together with field trips or standing in front of a class to lecture. a collaborative bid for research funds, to become aware of the However few researchers have had the opportunity to learn need to understand the costing of projects and to understand or develop an understanding of the pedagogy that underpins why making connections with others is instrumental in effective delivery in these roles. This workshop is designed to achieving success in a competitive funding environment. introduce researchers to the basic elements of learning and teaching that will help them to build confidence in teaching Thursday 22 March 2012, 09:30-16:30, Room 3S512, others. S Block, Frenchay campus Wednesday 16 May 2012, 09:30 – 16:30, Room 3S512, S Block, Frenchay campus Managing Working Relationships Have you ever wondered why some people can seem so easy to get on with while others take more of an effort, or why some people seem to speak your language while others are alien to you? The cause might be no more than the fact that you and they are motivated by different innate preferences. This session aims to explore these different preferences using a tool called Myers-Briggs Type Indicators (MBTI) in a fun and interactive way. Monday 14 May 2012, 09:30-16:30, Room 32512, S Block, Frenchay campus14
  16. 16. Project Management in a Nutshell Future directionsProjects are about delivering specific pieces of work. These can Researchers acquire a broad set of skills and competenciesrange from short reports on a specific topic to multimillion- as a consequence of the projects or work they undertake.pound construction projects. The techniques that are used Understanding these competencies and being able to describeto manage projects are applicable to projects in any field. them is the challenge that many of us face especially whenThis session aims to introduce project management tools seeking employment. This workshop has been designed toand techniques with a broad perspective but many of the help researchers understand the value of the skills and provideactivities will be focussed on your individual projects. The skills opportunities for researchers to consider the future directionintroduced within this session are important transferable skills as that they could take.project management is a core competence for many industries. Tuesday 29 May 2012, 09:30-16:30, room 3S512, S Block,This workshop has been designed to guide participants through Frenchay campusthe fundamental principles of project management andde-mystifying the associated jargon along the way.Tuesday 22 May 2012, 09:30-12:30, Room 3S512, S Block,Frenchay campus 15
  17. 17. Careers Advice and Support Library Services The UWE Careers Service offers a range of services to Library services offers support for researchers at each stage of postgraduate research students including: their research, and throughout research careers. • Information about job and career options As well as a Library on each campus, with the main Library at Frenchay open 24/7 in term time, the university has access to a • Individual advice and guidance huge range of books and journals online. We also offer: • Help with planning and managing your career • Librarians with knowledge and expertise in your subject • Help with job applications – drawing up your CV/application plus support from Research and Knowledge Exchange form, preparing for interviews Librarians • Anywhere, anytime access to databases for your subject and • Workshop sessions by arrangement on various aspects of for research methodologies career planning and applications • Support in accessing those hard to find references The CDU offers short appointments, which are bookable on • UWEs Research Repository and information about open the day, and longer appointments by arrangement. They will access publishing respond promptly to telephone and email enquiries, and also offer support to students and graduates for up to 3 years • Help with organising your references and creating after leaving the University. For full details of their services at bibliographies Frenchay and other campuses see • Web based guidance relating to journal impact factors and getting published • Guidance on accessing and using other libraries More information is on the Library web pages at or you can e-mail the R&KE Librarians at
  18. 18. Pedestrian entrance from Frenchay Campus Cycle route to Lockleaze Bolland Library Felixstowe CourtBooking details P 8 4 6For further information or to book a place online please visit: Restaurant 5 Octagon 15 7 ‘Building 2’ B D S C E Wallscourt FarmhouseOr contact us directly: B F AE-mail Pedestrian entrance from Frenchay Campus L 19b NTelephone 0117 32 83974 Cycle route to 3 19c K H G M Centre for LockleazeFax 0117 32 82688 Performing Arts Bolland Library (PR01, PR02) Felixstowe Court 9 19a 10 J P 8 4 6 Octagon 1 R Bus stops 5 7 15 2 Brecon Court B D Q 17 S C E Northavon All-weather House B 11 pitchResearch, Business and Innovation A 19b L F Carroll Health Centre Cotswold Court (HEFCE) Halley Nursery N Court 3 19c K G M Centre for HFrenchay Campus Centre Performing Arts (PR01, PR02) 19a Main for Gatehouse A4174 Filton Road J Sport Mendip Court EntranceColdharbour Lane 1 Bus stops Quantock Court 2 17 n Northavo House (HEFCE) Estates CoBristol BS16 1QY Halley Nursery Cycle route to Office Main Gatehouse Glenside/St Matthias Entrance Stoke Lane ou r Lane Wallscourt harb Estates Cold House (Building 435) Traffic lights Cycle route to Glenside/St Matthias Office Stoke Lane Second Botetourt House Second Entrance/Exit (Building 640) Entrance/ExitAll workshops are free of charge to research students. To Glenside, St Matthias Campus and Frenchay Hospital To Glenside, St Matthias Campus and Frenchay Hospital to Jnct 1 M32 and City Centre The Gardens Du Pont Building The Gardens Building 650 Du Po Key Car park (staff car parks are barrier controlled) Buildi 20 Walkways/cycle paths Disabled parking Accessible lift Information Showers Key Car park (staff car parks are barrier controlled) 20 Walkways/cycle paths Disabled parking Accessible lift Information Showers
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