Research Effectiveness

Boosting your Productivity (Webinar)

Tutor: Dr Helal Ahmed
Course Level: Level 1

Managing time successfully will enable you to become more efficient and effective in completing tasks and reducing stress and anxiety.  As part of this webinar you will learn how to schedule and prioritise tasks, and manage procrastination and distractions.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify your time management issues and apply appropriate solutions
  • Create schedules with SMART objectives
  • Assess and prioritise tasks based on importance and urgency
  • Employ techniques to manage procrastination and distractions

Dates

Creative Thinking

Tutor: Dr Helal Ahmed
Course Level: 
Level 1

Creative thinking is something which everyone possesses.  However, sometimes it is difficult to think creatively when you are so focused in trying to complete a task. To overcome this, we can try different approaches to tackling a problem or generating new ideas.  In this workshop you will learn how you can use different tools and techniques to solve problems and generate ideas.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify attributes of creative people and what you can do to be more creative.
  • Recognise beliefs/behaviours/environments that can block creativity.
  • Identify approaches to overcome your creative block
  • Employ different creative tools/techniques to generate ideas and solve problems

Dates

  • Tuesday 29 October 2019, 14:00-16:00, South Kensington
  • Wednesday 29 January 2020, 15:00-17:00, South Kensington

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Critical Thinking (Recommended for MRes Students)

Tutor: Dr Elena Forasacco
Course Level: 
Level 2

Critical thinking involves a wide range of skills and attitudes including being analytical and evaluative. In this workshop participants will discuss together to identify and share techniques to be critical in reading and writing. 

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Define the meaning of “critical thinking”
  • Identify techniques to critique when reading
  • Employ strategies to demonstrate critique when writing 
  • Evaluate your work through self-critique

Dates

  • Thursday 05 December 2019, 10:00-11:30 South Kensington - FULLY BOOKED, WAITING LIST SPACES AVAILABLE
  • Wednesday 04 March 2020, 13:30-15:00, Hammersmith
  • Tuesday 21 April 2020, 13:30-15:00 South Kensington

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How to Prepare for a Master’s Viva

Tutors: Dr Stefano Sandrone
Course Level: Level 1

The viva is an important oral examination that majority of Master’s students will sit at the end of their study. This workshop will empower Master’s students, by providing them with key information and useful strategies on how to prepare for their viva and make the most out of the experience. Students shall learn how to ‘defend’ their research and better handle questions from the examiners.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the expectations of the viva and explain its principal aims
  • Recognise how the viva is structured
  • Evaluate your research project
  • Recognise how to ‘defend’ your research through Q & A

Dates

Dates for this course will be announce in due course.

How to Survive and Enjoy the Master’s Lab Experience

Tutors: Dr Stefano Sandrone
Course Level: Level 1

The lab-based Master’s research project greatly differs in length and scope. This workshop will empower Master’s students, providing them with key advice and strategies on how to make the most of their time in a lab, and how to orient themselves between lab-notebooks, experiments, lab-meetings, group dynamics, and research papers.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the expectations of working in a Master’s laboratory
  • Compare and contrast your expectations and/or your previous lab experience with the Master’s laboratory experience
  • Summarise the common milestones of the lab experience
  • Identify effective strategies to solve potential lab-related challenges and key priorities

Dates

  • Friday 08 November 2019, 14:00-16:00, South Kensington

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Managing your Research Project using the Agile Approach

Tutors: Helal Ahmed
Course Level: Level 1

Research project planning requires a flexible approach to adapt to early research outcomes. Agile project management techniques can be applied to manage executing deliverables in an incremental manner. This workshop allows students to apply the agile project management approach to break down their project into manageable tasks, analyse and prioritise deliverables, and successfully complete their project on time.  N.B. As part of this workshop students will need to bring along their research projects.  (This workshop will probably not suit students from the Department of Computing who already have Agile technology in place to support their project development.) 

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognise key components in Agile project management
  • Apply the Work Breakdown Structure method to plan your research project
  • Analyse and prioritise deliverables using the MoSCoW method
  • Use the Agile approach to review and complete tasks on time

Dates

Dates for this course will be released in due course. 

 

Research Ethics

Tutor: Dr Catherine Urch
Course Level: Level 1

Ethics for researchers is often thought of as an annoying hurdle of permission seeking. Permission to use animals, permission to use human tissue or involve patients. This workshop will aim to explore the history of research ethics, why ethical thinking is central to a good research theory and the practicalities of application.

This course will help you:

  • Describe ethical principles of modern research paradigm.
  • List key historical developments in research ethical processes.
  • Discuss the key areas of harm that have led to current ethical paradigm.
  • Appraise research scenarios for their ethical dilemmas.
  • Design a research ethics application form highlighting key ethical areas of the study in lay language.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify the research situations that require ethical approval
  • Recognise the process of ethical thinking; recognise the potential harm in absence of ethical principles
  • Employ  ethical principles to support REC application
  • Assess a REC application and determine ethical dilemmas

Dates

  • To be confirmed

Research Skills & Reference Management

Tutor: Ann Brew & Coco Nijhoff (Library Services)

Research skills are a key skill to develop throughout your studies. You will be expected to use a variety of search tools during the research process. This course will introduce key research tools including bibliographic databases, web-based information, books and journal articles. This course will highlight the importance of building up an effective search strategy to find the best quality information and how you manage the results using reference management software. 

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Recognise the importance of using research tools
  • Identify how to find key research tools in your subject area
  • Employ search strategies in various search tools
  • Evaluation of the quality of research resources you find
  • Develop an understanding of the key reference management tools available 

Dates

  • Wednesday 09 October 2019, 13:00-14:30, South Kensington
  • Wednesday 05 February 2020, 13:00-14:30, South Kensington
  • Wednesday 18 March 2020, 13:00-14:30, South Kensington

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Time Management

Tutor: Dr Helal Ahmed
Course Level: Level 1

Managing time successfully will enable you to become more efficient and effective in completing tasks and reducing stress and anxiety.  As part of this workshop will need to bring with you a to-do list and then you will explore various ways how you can successfully accomplish these tasks. You will also learn how to prioritise tasks, manage procrastination and distractions.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify your time management issues and apply appropriate solutions
  • Create schedules with SMART objectives
  • Assess and prioritise tasks based on value and urgency
  • Employ techniques to manage procrastination and distractions

Dates

  • Wednesday 23 October 2019, 12:30-14:00, South Kensington - FULLY BOOKED, WAITING LIST SPACES AVAILABLE
  • Wednesday 29 January 2020, 13:00-14:30, South Kensington
  • Wednesday 25 March 2020, 15:30-17:30, South Kensington

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