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Ask the Doctor: Your Chance to Chat With a Doctoral Graduate at Work

Tutor: Dr Caroline Hargreaves
Course Level: Level 2
Course Credit: 1 credit

This interactive webinar is designed to give you the opportunity to discuss career thinking and options with a doctoral graduate. Please prepare your questions so that you can participate fully and gain ideas for good practice and tips to develop your career planning and professional advancement.

By the end of this webinar and with recommended resources you should be able to:

  • Consider questions and answers to assist with careers thinking
  • Construct an improved and tailored set of questions to use when networking
  • Practice and apply networking questions
  • Assess relevance & tailor your approaches to networking
  • Evaluate how best to apply information gained for your advancement

Dates

  • Tuesday 19 May 2020, 12:00-13:00 - with guest Dr Ethan Butler, Senior Application Engineer, 3M - Click here to book

Developing and Producing your Research: A Scientific Approach to Research Communication

Tutor: Dr Elena Forasacco
Course Level: 
Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit

In this highly interactive webinar we will define together the characteristics of scientific writing and explore some strategies for becoming more efficient in your writing. We will compare the style of a scientific piece of writing with a novel, we will go through some strategies to become efficient in writing and in critically defining the key concepts.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of a piece of academic writing
  • Recognise what steps to take to be effective in writing
  • Employ techniques for being effective in writing
  • Assess the quality of your writing

Dates

Perfecting Presentations: Poster Top Tips

Tutor: Dr Elena Forasacco
Course Level:
 Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit

In this highly interactive webinar we will explore together the critical elements and techniques that will help you produce an engaging and effective poster. We will analyse the importance of viewer to target the poster, and how to use graphics as a tool for creating posters. Finally, you will apply what you have learnt evaluating some sample posters.

On completion of this workshop 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

Impact in Academia: Alternative Ways to Measure Your Research Impact (Webinar)

Tutor: Robyn Price
Course Level: Level 2
Course Credit: 1 credit

This webinar aims to support Doctoral students in thinking critically about understanding the ways in which their work has academic impact and the methods that can be used to measure this.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to

  • Identify different types of impact of your research that can be measured 
  • Critically reflect on some of the benefits and limitations of traditional metrics including the h-index and the journal Impact Factor 
  • Discuss alternative methods of measuring the impact evidence of your research 
  • Evaluate Altmetric as a measure of ‘alternative’ indicators/metrics for your research

Date

Impact in Academia: Building Your Research Profile and Vision

Tutor: Dr Janet De Wilde
Course Level: Level 2
Course Credit: 
1 credit

This webinar is provides an insight into Building your research profile and vision. At the beginning of your academic career it can seem too early to think about this but knowing the value of building a profile during your doctoral research will mean you are not invisible. The series includes looking after and developing your research profile, understanding the UK Higher Education system and how you can make an impact.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify the essential aspects of a research profile
  • Recognise the reasons to be strategic in developing your research profile
  • Recognise the role of your goals and values in building and communicating your vision
  • Use effective techniques to promote your work and ideas
  • Assess the role of networking in building your profile

Dates

  • There are no further sessions of this webinar taking place this academic year

Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset (Webinar)

Tutor: Jane-Lisa Coughlan
Course Level: Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit

The webinar provides participants with an understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset and how to develop one as researchers.  It introduces key concepts that will help you start to transform the way you think about your research or potential new venture creations.  A key skill of the entrepreneur is being able to reflect so participants will have the opportunity to interact with Imperial student entrepreneurs and learn how these cases might apply to their own endeavours.

After completing this workshop, you will be better able to

  • Recognise the effectiveness of having a mindset for enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Understand the entrepreneurial mindset and how this relates to your research skills
  • Identify cases of the entrepreneurial mindset to help re-frame your thinking
  • Apply the entrepreneurial mindset to research or venture creation

Dates

Tuesday 31 March 2020, 11:00 - 12:00, click here to book.  

Impact in Academia: Understanding UK Higher Education Landscape and Policy

Tutor: Dr Janet De Wilde
Course Level: Level 2
Course Credit: 1 credit

This webinar is provides an insight into the UK higher education landscape. At the beginning of your academic career it can seem too early to think about this but knowing how the system works and investing your time and energy wisely can really pay dividends. The series includes looking after and developing your research profile, understanding the UK Higher Education system and how you can make an impact.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify the sources of influence in UK HE
  • Recognise the drivers that affect teaching in HE
  • Recognise the drivers that shape research context
  • Analysis the relevant teaching and research metrics
  • Reflect and assess repercussions of these drivers and metrics

Dates

  • There are no further sessions of this webinar taking place this academic year

Impact in Academia: Making an Impact

Tutor: Dr Janet De Wilde
Course Level: Level 2
Course Credit: 1 credit

This webinar is provides an insight into how to make an impact through your doctoral research. At the beginning of your academic career it can seem too early to think about this but knowing how the system works and investing your time and energy wisely can really pay dividends. The series includes looking after and developing your research profile, understanding the UK Higher Education system and how you can make an impact.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify what is meant by impact and why it matters
  • Recognise the range of impact activities
  • Develop an impact statement
  • Recognise the wider international impact agenda
  • Evaluate its importance to institutions such as Imperial

Dates

  • There are no further sessions of this webinar taking place this academic year

Teaching: Applying for Associate Fellowship (AFHEA)

Tutor: Dr Richard Bale
Course Credit: 1 credit

The GTA Programme (GTAP) is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), which means participants are eligible to apply for professional recognition of their teaching. This course introduces the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), which outlines the activities, core knowledge and professional values that should be demonstrated by those who are teaching in higher education. We also discuss the Associate Fellowship (AFHEA) application requirements for GTAP participants. A key element of Associate Fellowship is the ability to reflect on practice, so participants will have the opportunity to assess some examples of reflective writing and to consider how they might incorporate this style of writing in their own application. By the end of the course, participants will be in a position to begin planning an application for AFHEA, and may attend follow-up support in a one-to-one session with a Graduate School tutor or at a one-day GTA retreat.

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe how your teaching context relates to Descriptor 1 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).
  • Identify potential examples to evidence your teaching practice against the dimensions of the UKPSF.
  • Distinguish between descriptive and reflective writing.
  • Begin planning your application for Associate Fellowship (AFHEA).

Dates

The Information Landscape: EndNote (Webinar)

This highly interactive webinar is an introduction to using EndNote. Managing the sources of information you retrieve throughout your PhD and research period is essential. EndNote is a software package that allows you to manage all the references you need for your papers, reports, essays or theses by enabling you to keep them in your own personal database or library. In addition, you can use it to insert citations into your documents. EndNote is compatible with Windows and Mac.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Recognise how to import references from various sources including: Library search, research database and google scholar.
  • Practice how to search databases within EndNote to import references. 
  • Employ EndNote to manage your library of references effectively and to use folder functions to be able to do this. 
  • Organise your library of references within EndNoteand be able to search within your references.
  • Use EndNote to be able to insert citations, figures and tables, and generate a bibliography in Microsoft Word.

Dates

The Information Landscape: Research Data Management Plans

Tutor: Wayne Peters (Library Services)
Course Level: Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit

Data is a key research asset and planning how to manage data outputs is increasingly becoming a requirement of applying for grants and funding.

This webinar is designed to accompany the Information Landscape: Research Data Management workshop, and will cover some of the more practical elements of RDM and will help students to create their own data management plans.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify: The elements of an effective data management plan and key responsibilities
  • Recognise: The importance of creating a detailed data management plan prior to research commencing
  • Employ: The strategies learned during the webinar to develop a personal data management plan
  • Develop: A data management plan to support own research
  • Create: A personal data management plan

Dates