COVID-19: Professional Development Programme Delivery

Please note that the Professional Development Programme will be delivered remotely for the remainder of the 2019/20 academic session. Wherever possible, we will be sticking to previously timetabled courses, however, please check programme/individual course pages for up-to-date information. Courses being delivered remotely will be clearly signposted on the website and should be booked in the usual way, using the online form.

It should be noted that not all courses on the programme are suitable for remote delivery, please contact the Graduate School if a course you are interested in is not currently available.


 

Mastering Presentations

An Audience-Centred Approach (Webinar)

Tutor: Dr Helal Ahmed
Course Level: Level 1

This webinar has been designed to highlight the importance of knowing your audience and your purpose before designing a presentation. You will learn how to structure a presentation and communicate your message clearly using various tools and techniques.  You will also watch a video of a bad presentation and provide constructive feedback on how you can improve it.

On completion of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify your audience, purpose, fears and the use of various tools and techniques before presenting
  • Analyse the structure, slide design and content of your presentation
  • Evaluate the quality of presentations and provide feedback
  • Analyse and evaluate the use of spoken language, body language and responses to questions when presenting 

Please note, that this is the same course content as the webinar-based version 'Mastering Presentations: Presentation Skills'.

Dates

There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year

Informational Posters - Layout & Design (Webinar)

Tutor: Dr Helal Ahmed
Course Level: 
Level 1

Academic posters are a great way to convey your research to an audience. By following a few simple rules most common design blunders can be avoided. In this workshop you will learn how to structure a poster and identifythe most appropriate layout and content suitable to apply on a poster. You will also learn some tips on how to present the information on your poster. As part of this workshop you can bring a long your poster to receive peer feedback.

On completion of this course you will be able to

  • Identify the criteria/standards, audience, and the purpose before creating your poster
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of posters to engage with an audience.
  • Recognise how to present the key points of your poster.
  • Design a poster to engage with an audience.

Please note, that this is the same course content as the 'Mastering Presentations: Presenting your Research by Poster'.  

Dates

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

Presentation Skills (Webinar)

Tutor: Dr Helal Ahmed
Course Level: Level 1

The key to a successful presentation is determined by the clarity of its content, the structure of and how you present it to an audience.  This workshop offers ideas on targeting content for an audience, slide design and delivery to meet the needs of your peers and academics including an opportunity to present in small groups. 

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the importance of knowing your audience and your purpose before you present.
  • Recognise the importance of having a clear structure and relevant content when presenting
  • Employ various tools and techniques to communicate your message clearly and respond to questions.
  • Assess the quality of presentations and provide constructive feedback.

Please note, that this is the same course content as the webinar-based version 'Presentation Skills: An Audience-Centred Approach'.   

Dates

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

Presenting your Research by Poster (Webinar)

Academic posters are a great way to convey your research to an audience.  By following a few simple rules most common design blunders can be avoided.  In this course you will learn how to structure and design your poster by identifying relevant content, fonts, colours and background.  You will also learn some tips on how to present the information on your poster.

By the end of this webinar participants will be better able to:

  • Identify the criteria/standards, audience, and the purpose before creating your poster
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of posters to engage with an audience
  • Identify the most appropriate layout, fonts, colours and relevant content to apply on your poster
  • Recognise how to present the key points of your poster

Please note, that this is the same course content as the 'Mastering Presentations: Informational Posters – Layout and Design' course.  

Dates

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

Public Speaking (Webinar)

Tutor: Dr Helal Ahmed
Course Level: 
Level 2

Public speaking should not only be to inform or express your thoughts but also change emotions, actions and attitudes of your audience. This workshop will provide you with tips on how to become a successful public speaker. Topics covered include overcoming your fears when presenting, taking control of the stage through audience engagement, and voice projection.  You are also required to present to a mixed-discipline audience and receive feedback on your performance.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Employ techniques to overcome the fears of public speaking
  • Recognise the key components for giving a successful presentation
  • Develop your voice projection
  • Evaluate the quality of presentations and provide constructive feedback

Dates

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