Registration

for the 2020-21 autumn term Block A courses is now closed. Registration for Block B opens on Friday 23 October. 

Effective Speaking 1 and Effective Speaking 2 are courses that support doctoral students in the early stages of their research and in the run up to their ESA. Students will develop the language and skills needed for effective communication of their research.

Effective Presentation Skills eases students into confident and competent communication of their science to a live audience. 

Effective Speaking 3 gives students the opportunity to consider the most appropriate language, voice and approach to engaging with others in the academic community.

Please make sure you register for the course that corresponds to the stage of your doctoral programme (e.g. if you're in your final year, you should register for Effective Speaking 3).

Technical speaking courses

Online delivery: structure

  • Each week there will be materials, accessed remotely, to prepare you for the scheduled live session. The remote session is not timetabled, but you are expected to spend a minimum of 30 minutes on the activities.
  • The group will then meet for a 1-hour live session in which you will have the opportunity to speak (usually in small groups), receive feedback and develop the effectiveness of your oral communication. Sessions focus on both specific tasks and key speaking skills.
  • After each session, you will be invited to make and submit recordings for individual feedback.

Online delivery: hardware requirements

Please note that to be able to fully participate in our online session(s), you will need to
 
  • have access to a computer with both a camera and microphone,

  • have a reliable internet connection,

  • be willing or able to use Microsoft Teams.

Technical speaking courses

Effective Speaking 1

This is a 4-week course (90 minutes once a week) designed to guide and support students during the early months of their doctoral programme. Students will practise talking about their research area, their plans and strategies, and the setting up of their research project. They will practise explaining key concepts orally, adapting explanations and content to the knowledge base of the listener, and negotiating politely.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If this course is full and you are unable to register for it, there will be further course opportunities to practise speaking about your research in the coming months of your programme.

2020-21 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
BLOCK A      
Monday 19 October - 9 November 2020 13:00 - 14:00 (UK time) Effective Speaking 1
Wednesday 21 October - 11 November 2020 13:00 - 14:00 (UK time) Effective Speaking 1
       
BLOCK B      
Wednesday 18 November - 9 December 2020 13:00 - 14:00 (UK time) Effective Speaking 1
       
Preparation for Academic Writing

 

Effective Speaking 2

This is a 4-week course (90 minutes once a week) preparing students for activities in the run up to the Early Stage Assessment (ESA) as well as for the ESA spoken element itself. It is therefore most beneficial to doctoral students who are around 6-9 months into their programme. Students practise speaking about their research area and identifying connections with the research of others; they discuss gaps in the literature, outline methodologies they plan to adopt, give a detailed technical explanation of their work and practise answering questions. They are encouraged to be both concise and precise. It may also be beneficial to students in the run up to the Late Stage Review (LSR).

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If this course is full and you are unable to register for it, there will be further course opportunities to practise speaking about your research in the coming months of your programme.

2020-21 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
BLOCK B      
Wednesday 18 November - 9 December 2020  13:00 - 14:00 (UK time)  Effective Speaking 2

  This course only runs in Block B

Effective Presentation Skills

This is a 4-week course (2 hours once a week) aimed primarily at 2nd-year doctoral students who would like to improve their presentation skills. The course focuses on voice control, confidence, designing effective PowerPoint slides, judging one’s audience, improving pronunciation of key terms and performance evaluation.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If this course is full and you are unable to register for it, there will be further course opportunities to practise speaking about your research in the coming months of your programme.

2020-21 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
BLOCK B
     
Monday  16 November - 7 December 2020 13:00 - 14:00 (UK time)   Effective Presentation Skills
Preparation for Academic Writing

  This course only runs in Block B

Effective Speaking 3

This is a 4-week course (90 minutes once a week) for 3rd-year doctoral students, preparing them for a range of activities in the final stages of the PhD. They will practise networking, attending conferences (asking questions and presenting), as well as preparing for the viva. They will have the opportunity to practise through role play, prepared speaking tasks (the elevator pitch) and discussing approaches to these through pair work and group discussion. They will have an opportunity to consider how to use networking as an opportunity to further their careers and will also use viva practice to explore dealing with challenging questions.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If this course is full and you are unable to register for it, there will be further course opportunities to practise speaking about your research in the coming months of your programme.

2019-20 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
Tuesday  28 Apr - 19 May  9:00 - 10:30   Effective Speaking 3
Preparation for Academic Writing