Research Communication Professional Development Courses

Poster Top Tips

Tutor: Dr Elena Forasacco
Course Level: Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 20

In this highly interactive webinar, based on group discussions, you will explore the critical elements and techniques to produce an engaging and effective poster. You will analyse the importance of the audience and how to use graphics as a tool to create posters analysing some sample posters to consolidate your learning. .

In preparation for the webinar you will need to prepare a draft poster (duration: about 1 hour). You are not asked to add content, but only to create an engaging title, a good layout and a balanced colour-combination. You will receive a handout with guidelines to prepare it. Your draft poster will be used for an activity during the webinar.  

The deadline for registration is 1 week before the webinar to allow the preparation of the draft poster (to send to the tutor by 17h the day before the webinar).

Notes: 

  1. This webinar does not cover the use of software.
  2. This webinar contains basics to design posters.
  3. You are required to have a headphone set with microphone to interact with the group (the written chat area will not be used).

On completion of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Identify the key points for designing an attractive poster
  • Recognise the key points to insert in a poster
  • Employ techniques for designing an engaging poster
  • Assess the visual impact of poster samples

Dates

  • Wednesday 03 February 2021, 10:00-11:30, Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 05 May 2021, 10:00-11:30, Microsoft Teams

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Present your Poster!

Tutors: Dr Helal Ahmed
Course Level: Level 2
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 8

Posters are an effective way to present your research and highlight key areas of your work. In this blended course you will gain information on how to create a poster and practise presenting your poster to an interdisciplinary audience.  Before the live course starts you should have your poster ready to present in a PowerPoint or PDF format.

This blended course includes pre-course activities to complete in your own time and course activities to engage with during the live course: you will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities.

In preparation for the live course you are expected to create a poster on your research project and read through the background information on creating posters.

Notes:

  1. The first part of the live course covers the basics to creating posters. The second part will be presenting posters, followed by providing and receiving feedback.
  2. The deadline for registration is 1 week before the live course.

On completion of this blended course you will be able to:

  • Identify the difference between a conference and poster presentations
  • Recognise the key points to present and how to present them effectively
  • Employ presentation techniques and practice your skills
  • Develop your self-confidence in presenting a poster
  • Assess the impact of your poster on the audience and respond to feedback for improving your poster presentation

Dates

  • Monday 30 November 2020, 13:30-15:00, Microsoft Teams - FULLY BOOKED, waiting list spaces available
  • Tuesday 02 February 2021, 13:30-15:00, Microsoft Teams
  • Tuesday 16 March 2021, 13:30-15:00, Microsoft Teams

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

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Conferences and Seminars

Tutors: Dr Helal Ahmed and Dr Caroline Hargreaves
Course Level: Level 2
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 5-6

This blended course gives you the opportunity to present and gain feedback to learn how to effectively communicate your project to an audience. 

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

Pre-course activities (about 1h) include consulting given material, preparing a 3-minute presentation about “How your research project impacts science and society” and watching a short video (details on Blackboard).

In the live course you will present in front of a small interdisciplinary audience, of PhD/Doctoral researchers and give and receive feedback.

Notes:

  1. The first part of the live session includes discussion and some Q&A regarding presentations.
  2. The deadline for registration is 2 weeks before the live course.

On completion of this blended course you will be able to:

  • Recognise the needs of your target audience.
  • Design the flow of your presentation.
  • Devise an engaging presentation.
  • Create impact with your main message.
  • Evaluate and assess presentations.

Dates

  • Wednesday 02 December 2020, 13:00-14:30, Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 09 December 2020, 10:00-11:30, Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 20 January 2021, 10:30-12:00, Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 03 February 2021, 10:00-11:30, Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 03 March 2021, 11:30-13:00, Microsoft Teams
  • Friday 05 March 2021, 10:00-11:30,  Microsoft Teams

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

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Advanced Presentations

Tutor: Dr Helal Ahmed
Course Level: Level 3
Coure Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 5

Oral presentations form a major part of research communication. The chance to practise and receive feedback is central to improving performance. Participants will each present a 10 min PowerPoint presentation on their research project to an interdisciplinary audience and receive feedback. The feedback will focus on content and layout of slides, the overall flow and signposting of the presentation and the presenter’s communication skills. The presentation can be recorded as an option to generate a resource for further self-development.

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

Pre-course activities (about 1h) prepare a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation on your research project

In the live course you will present to a small interdisciplinary audience, of PhD/Doctoral researchers and provide and receive feedback.

Notes:

  1. The first part of the live course will recap on how to give good presentations with Q&A
  2. The deadline for registration is 1 week before the live course.

By the end of the blended course you will be better able to:

  • Recognise how body language, voice and eye contact affect your research presentation impact.
  • Identify importance of flow and signposting within your research presentation.
  • Assess the content, layout, and format of your research presentation.
  • Critique presentations based upon experience and use of tools such as observation sheets.
  • Evaluate your personal strengths and weaknesses in presentation style, and consider future development actions.

Dates

  • Friday 04 December 2020, 10:00-11:30, Microsoft Teams FULLY BOOKED, waiting list spaces available
  • Friday 08 January 2021, 10:00-11:30, Microsoft Teams FULLY BOOKED, waiting list spaces available
  • Friday 05 February 2021, 10:00-11:30, Microsoft Teams

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

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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.