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Becoming an Effective Researcher

Tutor: Dr Paul Seldon
Course Level: Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 20

This blended learning course is suited for anyone in the first stages of a research degree. The session will discuss the effect of moving into research whether straight from an undergraduate degree, master’s degree, the workplace, and/or from overseas. We will explore what is expected of you as a researcher and how to manage a programme of research, including how to get the most from research meetings.

This course includes pre-course activities (~60 minutes) to complete before the live course and to engage with during the course: you will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify and clarify your and your supervisors’ expectations.
  • Recognise culture shock for you and others entering into research.
  • Employ effective techniques for research meetings.
  • Develop a planning strategy for your research.
  • Evaluate your sources of feedback and support mechanisms.

Dates

Please note, Summer term dates will be available to book in due course.

Planning & Preparing for your Thesis & Viva

Tutor: Professor Laki Buluwela
Course Level: Level 2
Course Credit:
 1 credit
Prerequisites: It is strongly advised that students attend the following course which provide College guidance on making your thesis open access: Introduction to Making Your Thesis Open Access.
Maximum Course Capacity: 25

Completing the thesis on time is an essential part of successful doctoral research. This blended course goes through the necessary planning steps for preparing your thesis and getting ready for your Viva examination. It will identify the College requirements and also help you understand your supervisors’ and examiners’ role.

This course includes pre-course activities consisting of two voiced presentations and a video discussion, which you will be asked to answer questions relating to what you have viewed. 

It is strongly advised that students attend the following course which provide College guidance on making your thesis open access: Introduction to Making Your Thesis Open Access.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify what constitutes a thesis and the examination requirements
  • Recognise the steps to be taken and the crucial timings for effective thesis submission
  • Plan the structure your thesis and identify which results to present
  • Recognise the Supervisor’s role in your writing process and Viva preparation process
  • Distinguish the steps involved in the Viva process and recognise the preparation needed

Dates

  • Thursday 11 March 2021, 14:00-16:00, Microsoft Teams

Please note, Summer term dates will be available to book in due course.

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Put Project Management into Action

Tutor: Dr Helal Ahmed
Course Level: Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 25

Typical project management techniques apply constraints in the form of milestones, duration, deadlines, resource allocation, and cost. If these are rigid they can be limiting when working in research and innovation. This blended course examines how project management techniques can be used flexibly allowing for different outcomes and opportunities.

This course includes pre-course activities (2-hours) to complete before the live course and to engage with during the course: you will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify key components of project management
  • Analyse deliverables and stakeholders in your project
  • Analyse and evaluate risks in your project and how they can be overcome
  • Use agile project management techniques to plan your project with a monitoring process
  • Identify skills, knowledge and experiences that you could gain to help you with your research project

Dates

  • Thursday 03 December 2020, 11:00-13:00, Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 06 January 2021, 10:00-12:00, Microsoft Teams
  • Friday 26 February 2021, 11:00-13:00, Microsoft Teams

Please note, Summer term dates will be available to book in due course.

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Time Management for your Doctorate

Tutor: Dr Paul Seldon
Course Level: Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 20

Effectively managing your time during your Doctorate is essential to submit the thesis on time.  Self-sabotage behaviours are common in PhD researchers. Recognising and avoiding or minimising your self-sabotage behaviours is key to effective time management. This course allows you to find solutions and plan your time more effectively; including how to Work at home effectively and recognise the role of others in time management.  Time management skills are useful in future careers and all parts of your life as well.

This course includes pre-course activities (~30 minutes) to complete before the live course and to engage with during the course: you will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities.

On completion of this course and with pre and post-course materials, you will be able to:

  • Identify the role of self-sabotaging behaviour in time management
  • Recognise solutions to limit self-sabotaging behaviour for effective time management
  • Organise your work by effective prioritising and planning
  • Assess the role of others in time management 

Dates

Please note, summer term dates and will be available to book in due course.


Some Graduate School courses include pre-course activities for you to complete. Please check this page to find out how to self-enrol on the course’s Blackboard programme module, which will enable you to complete these activities.