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Despite the challenges thrown up by the Coronavirus, we want to reassure you that we are still helping everyone across College.  We are working remotely to transfer the advertised classes to online delivery.  As a result, the activities will be changed or adapted to suit the video conferencing platform (Microsoft Teams).  We are also making sure they remain as useful, interactive, engaging and enjoyable as possible for you.

Registration

for the summer term is now closed. 

Overview of the courses

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

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.

2019-20 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
BLOCK A      
Thursday  30 Apr - 21 May  9:00 - 10:30  Effective Speaking 1
Preparation for Academic Writing

BLOCK B - this course does not run during Block B

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.

2019-20 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
BLOCK B      
Thursday 28 May - 18 June  9:00 - 10:30  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.

2019-20 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
BLOCK B
     
Tuesday  26 May - 16 June 9:00 - 11:00   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